Poll: do you a)fertilize, b)compost, c) none of the above?
Hopefully this isn't opening up a can of worms. I've noticed this can be a touchy subject with regards to "feeding" plants- for the life of me I can't understand why, lol.
Anyway, I am curious to know what everyone's personal method is. Do you have a fav commercial fertilizer you use? Do you rely on compost alone? Or have you come to grow plants that will grow fine in your native soil, without the need of any or frequent amendments etc?
Do you do an annual "feeding" of your whole garden, certain plants annually, on an as-needed basis, or hardly ever?
Personally I have been using homemade cold compost and now and again some compost tea/fish fertilizer for a good number of years now. However, I've been thinking I need to get a good granular organic fertilizer (my personal choice, not knocking anyone that chooses to use non-organic of course!). Mostly I do as-needed, when something looks a bit jaded and in need of a pick-me-up- sometimes annually on those plants that are "nutrient hogs". Some areas of the garden require a LOT more feeding than others (under trees or around large shrubs for instance...) and annual composting of those areas isn't practical since there is only so much compost I can churn out in a season, lol. So I am going to hunt down some good ferts this year and try them out and see what ones I like or work best. It should be interesting.
What does everyone else do/use?