Organic Fertilizers - Fish Emulsion, Seaweed Fertilizer, Manure, Compost
A major component of a successful organic garden, is the fertilizers you
use. Like everything else in the world of organic gardening, fertilizers
must be composed of all natural ingredients. If you are an organic purist,
or will be growing produce for the organic marketplace, make certain
that the label on any fertilizers you use state "Certified Organic". We
will focus upon home gardening.
Many home gardeners do not realize the broad range of organic products available
to them. It is likely that you are already using one or more of these products.
Here are some of the most common organic fertilizers:
Manure -rich in a wide range of plant nutrients,
it also adds to soil structure.
Fish Emulsion - rich in nutrients. Gardeners
have used fish remains for hundreds of years, with great success.
Compost - a well recognized natural fertilizer
and soil amendment.
Compost Tea - liquid runoff from the
composting process. Use it to replace chemical liquid fertilizers for home
gardens. Put some on your houseplants, too.
Cover crops - after your gardening is done for the season, grow annual
rye grass and other annual crops. Till plants, sometimes called Fodder crops,
into the soil in the spring, to replenish nitrogen and other minerals
to your soil.
Worm Castings, or Vermicompost - worms
ingest plant matter and excrete worm castings, a mineral rich soil additive.
Bat Guano - a rich manure that gardeners covet for great crops.
Epsom Salts- commonly used to provide magnesium and sulfur to the soil.
Promotes bushier growth and more flowers.
Molasses and Honey - in small amounts to feed microorganisms in the soil.
Fish Fertilizer - High in nutrients,
micro-nutrients and minerals
Seaweed Fertilizer- packed with major
and minor nutrients and amino acids, organic gardeners use this to stimulate
Did you Know? Inexpensive, organic rabbit food pellets is made
up of nitrogen and phosphorous rich alfalfa. It also containstriaconttanol,
which stimulates plant cell division and growth. You can sprinkle it around
your plants as a fertilizer!
More on Organic Gardening:
Organic garden seeds - the all important starting
Garden soil and soil amendments
Insect repellents/insect control
Control diseases organically