Homemade organic fertilizer can provide your garden with
natural nutrients for several years. More people are turning to organic fertilizers for a more natural choice to feeding their gardens.
Compost and natural organic matter takes time to break
down and delivers vital nutrients and organic matter to your growing plants and
enriches your soils rather than depleting them.
Chemical fertilizers are like taking a shot of
adrenaline. It acts fast and then is gone leaving the plants stressed and
vulnerable to pests and diseases. Chemical fertilizers do not always provide
the trace minerals plants need and leave the soils depleted.
Most garden fertilizers deliver nitrogen phosphorus and
potassium but plants need calcium and magnesium as well as trace minerals.
Organic fertilizers should strive to provide all the nutrients needed to keep
plants and soils healthy.
Some good sources of organic nutrition are listed here.
Most of the products can be found at your local nurseries as the public demand
for organic choices increase. If your local nurseries don’t carry these
products ask for them.
Your local feed store is another good source of these natural products. Most can be bought in 25 to 50 pound bags which save money. The nurseries tend to carry them in small units for those who only need small amounts for your vegetable garden.
Organic Sources of Nitrogen:
Organic Sources of Phosphorus:
Organic Sources of Potassium:
Compost and manures
Organic Mineral Sources
Seaweed and Kelp
Granite DustRock Dust
Using ratios of these organic ingredients and this simple
organic fertilizer recipe you can make organic fertilizer for your home
vegetable garden or the flower beds.
A liquid organic fertilizer can be made from
compost or worm casting by making a compost tea. Compost tea is easy to make
and works well for fertilizing individual plants or new transplants.
If you have a no-till or mulched garden the fertilizer can be sprinkled on top of the mulch. Since organic matter is needed to break down the natural fertilizers making them available to the vegetable plants, mulching the garden is a natural and easy way to provide it. At the same time the mulch preserves moisture and helps in weed control.
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