Vegetables are heavy feeders, meaning that they require high amounts of specific nutrients in order to thrive and reach their maximum growth potential. While chemical commercial fertilizers are available, they are expensive and can sometimes damage the roots of the plants. Instead, consider making a homemade vegetable fertilizer with all the nutrients your garden needs.
Combine 4 parts seed meal, 1/4 part agricultural lime, 1/4 part gypsum, 1/2 part dolomitic lime, 1 part bone meal and 1 part kelp meal in a 20-qt. bucket. Use the same scoop for all ingredients to ensure uniformity of measurements.
Mix the ingredients together with a large wooden spoon until they are well blended.
Dig in 4 qts. of the homemade vegetable fertilizer and a 1/4-inch layer of finished compost per 100 square feet of vegetable garden. Till to a depth of 6 inches and irrigate to encourage proper incorporation.