Often when you read planting instructions on seed packets, you will see the recommendation to add a starter fertilizer. This fertilizer gives the soil an extra boost of nutrients that help feed the young seedlings after germination. While you can purchase both chemical and organic starter fertilizer, you can also purchase separate ingredients to make your own at home and often save money in the process.
Mix together 2 parts blood meal, 3 parts bone meal and 1 part kelp meal in a plastic pail or other container that has a lid. For instance, you would use 2 cups of blood meal, 3 cups of bone meal and 1 cup of kelp meal.
Apply 1 to 2 tsp. of the mixture dry into holes dug for transplants. If you are planting seeds in rows, place approximately 1 tsp. of starter fertilizer spread every 2 to 3 inches in the row.
Mix 2 tbsp. of starter fertilizer with 1 gallon of water in a plant sprayer to apply the fertilizer using the foliar method of feeding young plants (placing the fertilizer on the plant leaf). Each plant will need approximately 1 cup of the liquid fertilizer.