The 5 Best Fertilizers for Beginner Gardeners

Written by Naomi Meza


Posted on March 25 2022

Fertilizers contain great nutrient compositions that are not only great for the overall health and growth of your plants, but also fulfill specific nutrient deficiencies in your garden's soil.

If you are thinking of starting a garden or just began your gardening journey, picking the right fertilizer may be confusing.

To help you get started, here is a list of five best fertilizers you can use.

1. Azomite 0-0-0.2

Person planting green plant using Azomite Micronized 0-0-0.2 Powder for fertilizer

Azomite is a complex silica ore mined from ancient volcanic ash in Utah, USA. Chemically, it is Hydrated Sodium Calcium Aluminosilicate.

Azomite is used as a natural re-mineralizer and as animal feed.

Azomite contains more than 70 trace minerals, including rare earth metals. Many of these rare minerals have been depleted from soils around the world.


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Azomite stands out because unlike normal fertilizers which focus mainly on providing the 3 major macronutrients (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium), it also provides essential trace minerals which may be holding back your yields from reaching their maximum potential.

This makes Azomite a great addition to an existing fertilizing plan.



2. Tomato 4-18-38 Plus Micronutrients

Woman planting baby tomato plants in a raised garden bed using Greenway Biotech Tomato Fertilizer 4-18-38 plus Micronutrients

This fertilizer contains the ideal blend of nutrients for growing tomatoes (and some other plants, too).


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It can be used on tomatoes being grown hydroponically or in the soil.

Makes your tomatoes tasty, juicy, and high-quality. It has the required amounts of the big 3 macros (N, P, K) and even includes Iron, manganese, zinc, and copper.

It's also free of heavy metals and harmful chemicals, and safe for the environment.

Ideal for beginner gardeners who want to grow their own, high-quality tomatoes.

3. Bone Meal 3-15-0

Bag of Greenway Biotech Bone Meal 3-15-0 Fertilizer on wood table next to pots of tomato plants and garden shovel

This general-purpose, natural fertilizer provides your plants with a host of essential nutrients. Includes 3% Nitrogen, 15% Phosphorus, and 24% Calcium; all crucial to healthy soil and healthy plants.

It is a great source of Calcium.


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Calcium helps produce strong buds and blooms. It reinforces root strength, and plays an important role in preventing "blossom end rot" in plants like tomatoes.

Note that it is suitable for soil with a pH level of 7 or lower. Bone meal can raise the acidity of your soil over time.

This is a great overall fertilizer that can fill in a large part of your plants' nutrient requirements.

4. Crustacean Meal 4-0-0

Woman with red hair wearing pink sweater and blue jeans plants tomato starters outside in soil using Greenway Biotech Crustacean Meal 4-0-0 fertilizer

Crustacean Meal is a true superfood. This fertilizer contains minerals obtained from the shells and exoskeletons of anthropods.

It contains Nitrogen (40%) and Calcium (12%) as its primary nutrients, and also features a high level of Chitin.

Chitin is a very useful material found in the shells of anthropods. It improves soil quality, and is consumed by microorganisms within the soil.


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These microorganisms then consume grubs and other soil insects, leading to reduced soil bugs. Chitin also protects your plants against several diseases.

The nitrogen is slow releasing, meaning it won't cause damage to your plants. It's also safe to use near water systems.

Crustacean Meal is ideal for beginners due to its high nitrogen content and pest and insect repelling properties.

5. Monopotassium Phosphate 0-52-34

Greenway Biotech Monopotassium Phosphate 0-52-34 Fertilizer in front of potted plants on white table top with blue wall

This product contains 11% Nitrogen and 52% Phosphorus. This nutrient composition makes it ideal for when your soil needs a lot of Phosphorus added to it.

Phosphorus is one of the most crucial elements needed by plants; it's hard to overstate its importance.


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Plants need phosphorus for many developmental and life-sustaining processes, such as photosynthesis.

A lack of phosphorus in the soil can cause stunted growth.

It's hard to reverse the effects of a phosphorus deficiency once they are noticeable as plants require it from the earliest stages of their growth.

This product can be a simple solution for when a lack of Phosphorus in your soil is a problem.

Shop Our Fertilizers

All of these products and more can be found in our shop where we provide high quality fertilizers at affordable prices.

You can find the specific fertilizer benefits on our product pages.

Get in touch with us today for advice on fertilizers and more gardening tips for beginners.

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