Like so many of our market garden practices, our approach to soil fertility management is a little unusual. Instead of applying fertilizer according to the recommendation on the soil test report, we use modest applications of horse manure compost and rock minerals to keep the soil nutrients in balance.
One reason for this unconventional strategy is we grow a half dozen or more vegetables in one field, often planted in alternating rows, depending on the crop mix. It would be challenging to fertilize and lime every row according to the recommendation for each vegetable. For our situation, it is more practical to strive for balanced fertility and trust the active soil biology to release the right mix of nutrients needed by each plant family.