Milorganite – In Place Of 10-10-10

Q: Can I use Milorganite in the place of 10-10-10 on vegetables? We have a good sized garden and I lightly strowed Milorganite last year to keep deer away.

A: Yes, Milorganite ( can be used to supply nutrients to vegetable plants with two cautions: 1. Milorganite (5-2-0) has only 1/2 of the nitrogen content as 10-10-10. That means you’ll need to apply it at a rate of 20 pounds per 1000 square feet or 5 pounds per 100 feet of row. 2. The nutrients in Milorganite are released slowly, unlike 10-10-10. That means Milorganite won’t burn plant roots but you likely won’t see the immediate growth spurt that 10-10-10 provides.