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Correcting the Adverse Effects
of Over Fertilizing a Garden

We live in Maryland. We had grown the seeds indoors and transplanted healthy, vigorous plants into the garden.
Within 3 days these plants leaves turned yellow, the plants dried up and died.
We were told by local farmers to put 10-10-10 fertilizer in the garden prior to planting, rototill the earth and then plant.
I'm afraid that we've put too much fertilizer in the garden.
How do we correct this?
Is this something that we can correct this year or do we have to put off planting again for a period of time?

I was sorry to hear about your plants.
It's depressing to see something which you had nurtured die off so quickly.
If in fact, the untimely death of your plants was caused by fertilizer burn,
(rather than other variables soil Ph, temperature, water, insects)
repeated, extended heavy watering will force the majority of the fertilizer to leach out of the soil.
Different types and brands of fertilizer will remain in the soil for different lengths of time, so the amount of water needed to clear the soil can vary considerably.
I would water heavily every day for at least a couple of weeks before putting in a few TEST plants to see if they survive. The local farmers were correct with their advice, but I usually wait at least two weeks between the tilling and when I put the plants into the garden.

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