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Q.Over-Fertilized Vegetables

skdelay added on July 7, 2011 | Answered

I watered my garden, then put double the directed amount of Schultz tomato food on it (it was 17-18-28 fast- acting water soluble) — putting 2 tbls to 2 gals water on my blooming peas, beans, tomatoes, and cukes. My question is: Will these vegetables be safe to eat in a couple of weeks when I expect the beans and peas to be ready to pick? And yes, I should read better, but are they safe?

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Answered on July 11, 2011

Yes, they will be safe to eat. Really, the reason those limits are put on the label is for 2 reasons that have nothing to do with food safety.

1. Too much fertilizer can burn and injure the plants. You would have seen damage (brown, dying plants) in just a day or so if this had happened.

2. The excess fertilizer gets washed away with the rain and into runoff streams, where it can harm the environment.

One time is not likely to harm the plants or the environment, so you are ok.

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