|My beautiful compost in my red wheelbarrow.|
It is December 12, 2012 and our thoughts turn to fertilizer, as they really should.
One year ago, I looked forward to today and decided that we should proclaim it International Fertilizer Day.
And now the day has arrived!
If you are a gardener who has read much about gardening through the years, you probably recognize that 12-12-12, “triple 12”, was once a common fertilizer recommendation, and in some gardening circles, it still is.
If you are not a gardener, you probably don’t associate Dec. 12, 2012 with fertilizer, as I found out by asking a few non-gardeners. Oh my, the blank stares. The “she really is touched in the head” looks I got when I asked “What does 12-12-12 make you think of”. No one answered “fertilizer”.
Oh, well. Let us go on without them to celebrate all things fertilizer today.
To start with, please know that by proclaiming 12-12-12 as International Fertilizer Day I am not endorsing, promoting, suggesting or advocating that 12-12-12 fertilizer is the be all, end all, best all fertilizer for gardeners.
I’m just having some fun.
In fact, I will confess that I am lackadaisical gardener when it comes to fertilizer. I don’t tend to use much additional fertilizer. I mostly just try to add some good compost to my garden beds and borders when I have compost available.
I am also not much of a zealot when it comes to soil testing to determine what fertilizer my garden needs. I would, however, have my soil tested if I lived and gardened someplace where it was possible for my soil to be contaminated with heavy metals or I thought that my plants were growing poorly.
I am somewhat of a grow and let grow kind of gardener.
In my garage, which often looks like an attached garden shed on the inside because it is where I keep the hoe collection, you’ll find a few bags of organic fertilizer, which I try to remember to use from time to time. See above about lackadaisical.
But even though I don’t use Triple 12 fertilizers and am lackadaisical about fertilizing my plants, I can still proclaim today, 12-12-12, as International Fertilizer Day.
May I humbly suggest that you use this day to consider your fertilizing habits and perhaps confess your own fertilizing sins? Promise to do better for your garden when it comes to fertilizer. Then go out and enjoy the rest of the day.
12-12-12. Just the mention of it makes our thoughts turn to fertilizer, doesn’t it? Doesn’t it?