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Planting potted plants in garden

Planting potted plants in garden



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Planting potted plants in garden soil is known to result in the undesirable production of harmful substances such as chloramines, nitrogen-based contaminants and free ammonia which is an odor causing agent. It is known that a plant can grow only within a limited pH range of 6.5 to 8.5. Furthermore, the soil must be fertilized and aerated for optimal growth.

In a garden setting, one of the important factors is the need for soil to be kept at a relatively constant pH, with a slight increase in pH as the soil is watered.

Various methods for providing this desirable environment have been developed, among them, fertilizers and additives, either with the planting and/or with soil additives. These usually involve the application of either powdered or liquid compounds containing the desired nutrients and chemical ingredients.

Although they may be suitable for plants cultivated in soil where they are added at planting, they are often not suitable for in-ground systems.

Also, it is desirable to keep soil with an already-planted garden as closely as possible to a desirable pH value.

It is known that the soil can be adjusted so that plants will grow optimally, by adding materials, such as lime, gypsum or other soil amendments, to a soil to raise the pH. The pH-adjusting material will also absorb various acid or alkaline gases from the soil and, as it dissolves, its solubility in water is reduced.

The problem is, that the soil amendment must be distributed at just the right rate and volume so that it provides optimum pH conditions. In other words, the addition of such soil amendments, alone, cannot guarantee that the soil is adjusted in the ideal pH level.

Further, the soil amendment must be placed in the soil at the right time and in the right amount to achieve the desired pH.

If the soil amendment is put in the soil early or late, it may be insufficient or excessive for the plants. Also, it is easy to apply too much or too little. As a result, the pH of the soil is adjusted, but not optimally.

The present invention provides a fertilizer composition that can be added to the soil in the form of a granular, powdered or liquid material containing the desired nutrients and chemical ingredients, in the proper ratio, in a time and volume at which it will maintain the desired pH level.

To be most effective, the present invention is useful in maintaining the pH of the soil in a desired pH range so that it will support healthy plant growth. The present invention utilizes, in combination, a combination of materials that will increase the solubility of one or more elements at a certain pH level.

Therefore, it is an object of the present invention to provide an improved soil nutrient composition which provides a slow rate of release of the nutrients so that, over time, there is sufficient nutrient in the soil to provide optimum plant growth. It is a further object of the invention to provide an improved soil nutrient composition which can be used for a wide variety of crops. A further object of the invention is to provide a fertilizer composition that is capable of maintaining the soil pH in the desired level over a period of time. A still further object of the invention is to provide an improved fertilizer composition that will increase the nutrient value of a soil. Yet another object of the invention is to provide an improved fertilizer composition which is relatively inexpensive to manufacture.

These and other objects of the invention will be made clear from the following detailed description of the invention.