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How To Use a Garden Hose to Fertilize Your Plants

I’m a sponsored blog partner with Pennington and participated in their Pennington Smart Feed Program – I love their new Smart Feed products and think you will too. See full disclosure statement below the post.

“One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.” – W.E. Johns… This is our third summer now in this house, and the big piece of property it sits on is finally coming along nicely. All of the overgrown brush is gone, the driveway has been leveled and got a fresh coat of gravel, we planted more trees this summer {bringing it to a total of 17 in the back now!} – and the gardens are all set and beginning to fill out! We have a huge vegetable garden in the back filed, bordered by fruit trees, and there are flower beds and container gardens from the front of the house all around to the back. {Read and see a little more of my garden here.} I’m not the most skilled at putting all of this together – But my mother is a Master Gardener, and teaches me so much as she helps me. And one thing that is a must is using the right products, because just like every other mom out there – even Mother Nature can use a little help!

Pennington Smart Feed

Pennington Smart Feed Sprayer System

Let me introduce you to a new friend of mine – the Pennington Smart Feed Sprayer. Seriously, it’s awesome. I’ve used a few other types of plant feed, but I hated trying to measure and mix things just right, or having to stock a bunch of different products for all of the different types of plants I have. But this makes it all crazy-simple to spray the perfect portion of nutrients. Check it out:

How to use Pennington Smart Feed

How to use the sprayer in the garden

This system really does help your garden grow bigger and better. I’ve been using it for awhile now, and can really see a difference. And it’s so easy – The first photo shows you the tablets – they come in three different types; All-Purpose, Tomato & Vegetable, and Flowers & Blooms. You load one or two of these water-soluble fertilizer tablets into the sprayer base, then hook it onto your hose, and spray. Seriously, that easy! And it’s a four-way, adjustable sprayer, so you can easily water anything, anywhere. I love being able to quickly switch from a heavy spray to a lighter misting for more delicate blossoms.

Growing Poppies

Flowers & Blooms

How pretty are my poppies this spring?? These are an Oriental Poppy, and I have them in orange, purple, white, and pink. I love the bright bold pops of color they give to my patio garden – and I know that they love me right back, for giving them lovely sprays of the Flowers & Blooms spray. Each of the tablets in the sprayer covers about 600 feet, so I can easily give each of my pretty blooms a drink. I also use this to help my rows of iris in the front bloom brighter {and grow a little taller too!} – and I’m excited to see what they can do for my lilacs. I absolutely adore the smell of fresh lilacs, they are one of my all-time favorites. I have tons of them planted all down the long driveway, and am so anxious for them to grow bigger and start blooming!

Building a veggie garden

Building my fruit & veggie garden

This is one of my little raspberry plants – I have two rows, 14 plants total. As they get a little taller, we’ll string twine from the big wooden posts, to help them grow bushy and strong. I also have tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, squash, beans, and strawberries out there. And we thought that it would be fun to grow pumpkins this year too – so grandma can help the kids each grow their own pumpkin for Halloween! I love being able to grab a basket, and pick a bunch of goodies to make a fresh salad on hot summer evenings – and, you wouldn’t believe how many more veggies your kids will eat when they help to grow it themselves. We’ve been using the Tomato & Vegetable feed out here, even on the fruits, to ensure that we get a really great crop of fresh food this year. We’re already seeing earlier buds on some of the plants this year, so it must be working :)

Creating a garden where there's nothing

Helping my garden grow bigger, bud faster and bloom longer

See this mess? The whole property out back used to look like this! It’s a little more than a half acre out there past the shop, and with no irrigation, there was no grass – just loads of overgrown weeds and piles of dried out tumbleweeds. We’re trying to figure out how to get irrigation, but – long story made short – no one knows where the lines are. But, when life hands you lemons, you…. Um, grow a bunch of other stuff to go with your lemons?? Lol. Little by little, we’re prettifiying it back there…. we use railroad ties or boards to section off each new garden. This photo shows you my fence-in-progress – the fence only goes halfway now, and I want the backyard to be safe for the kids, the dogs, and my chickens I’ll be getting soon. Next weekend after it’s finished, we’ll be ’tilling up this section for a flower garden – and I’m so excited that I’ve found the Pennington Smart Feed Sprayer to help in all of my different garden sections around here. All three fertilizer formulas are created to benefit different growing environments, plant types and applications, so that I just need this ONE sprayer, and can quickly give a dose of good stuff to each of my different garden sections. Give me another year, and this place is going to be glorious, I tell ya!


Pennington, known for its exceptional lawn and garden care products, has launched a new-to-the-industry fertilizer – the Pennington Smart Feed Sprayer System – that makes fertilizing easy while producing bigger and better results every time. The four-way, adjustable sprayer – which easily attaches to a standard garden hose – simplifies plant feeding and ensures proper nutrition and vigorous plant growth. Pennington Smart Feed products range from $9.99 to $12.99 and are available at national home retailers. Learn more on, and learn how to unlock your plant’s full potential too!

Let’s Chat: Do you garden? What are your favorite things to grow? Share your best tips with me too – Leave some comments below. I love hearing from you smart ladies!

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