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 Use of organic fertilizer

The world as we know it is becoming more and more aware of the need to live a more healthy lifestyle, one that can add years to your lifespan. Everywhere we go we see and hear of health programs that are offering a better way of living.

The media and airwaves are flooded with advertisements and commercials about healthy living. The world has become so health conscious that it has become common to see people working out in gyms, jogging, walking and so on.

Dieting has also become the norm, while more and more restaurants are offering healthy choices on their menus. Supermarkets are placing more healthy products on their shelves and nutritional stores are in every shopping mall.

“So what does all of this have to do with organic fertilizers?”

What’s the big deal?

It all goes back to food production. The food that we consume are supposed to sustain us by doing our bodies good but the sad reality is that many persons are becoming ill simply because some of these foods that are grown with the use of harmful chemicals.

Now I understand that we may not be able to control the number of foods that are being produced with chemicals but what we can do is to try to cultivate a more healthy lifestyle.

Organic fertilizing then is a means of growing and producing foods without the use of chemicals by using natural organic products that are derived from animals, plants and mined minerals to produce and grow foods.

Examples of organic fertilizers

You can produce your own organic fertilizer on a small scale by means of creating a compost pile. Don’t let the words ‘compost pile’ scare you! All it takes is a little effort on your part and you can have your own organic garden.

To learn more about creating a compost pile just click this link. Composting.

Different types of organic fertilizers

  1. Fertilizers that are derived from animals

Fertilizers that are derived from animals are used to add nitrogen to the soil. These fertilizers include blood meal, manure, bone meal and fish emulsion. I’m sure that there are more but we will be looking at these four more closely.

Blood meal

Blood meal is derived from dry animal blood, i.e. animals that are killed in the slaughter houses. Their blood is collected and dried. After the blood has dried, it is used to make a powder.

Blood meal will add nitrogen to your soil giving you more healthy and full plants. Blood meal can also raise your soil ph for plants that prefer acid soils. However, overuse of this type fertilizer can burn plants, stop plants from bearing fruits, flowering and can kill them.

Labor is law so follow label to the very letter. Blood meal can be purchased from your garden center or nursery.

Manure

Manure is also a good organic fertilizer to use in your garden. Manure such as chicken, horse, and cow manure can also add or fill your garden soil with nitrogen.

Make sure when using manure that the manure is dried. Fresh manure can cause the plant to burn but adding manure to soil can help to condition the soil. Clay soils are soils that are compacted, by adding manure to your clay soil, you can actually help this soil with drainage because it will loosen up the soil.

Soils that can not retain water such as sandy soils can be conditioned with manure also because manure will help sandy soils to retain water. You can check your nursery or go to a farm house to purchase manure.

Caution

Do not use manure of domestic animals such as cats and dogs. Their manure may contain parasites that can make you sick.

Bone meal

Bone meal is a fertilizer that is made from ground up animal bones. Animals that have been slaughtered, the bones are produced in powdered form. Bone meal increases phosphorus in the soil.

Bone meal will help your flowering plant to produce not only flowers but healthier better- looking flowers.

Always remember to read and follow directions on the label because the label is law.

Fish emulsion

Fish emulsion is made from fish. Now I know that the thought of fish fertilizer may turn you off but this fertilizer will actually do your plants a whole lot of good.

I remember watching a garden show some time back and on that show, a gentleman was being interviewed about his garden because it was such a healthy looking garden.

His response was that the reason his plants were growing so healthy was because he planted fish heads In his garden. For me, that was pretty new, but as the saying goes ‘you live and you learn’.

2. Fertilizers that are derived from mined mineral

1.Epsom Salts

Epsom salts have been around for hundreds of years. It is used to help plants green up and have better bloom.

Epsom salt contains sulfur, magnesium and hydrated magnesium sulfate. Before applying Epsom salt to your soil make sure that a soil ph test is done first to see if your soil needs magnesium or not.

You can apply Epsom soil once or twice a month to your plant.

2. Calcium

You can purchase products from your nursery or garden center that contain calcium or you can use egg shells. That’s right and who said that you can’t use the whole egg including the shell. Organic gardening is all about recycling.

Believe it or not, egg shell contains calcium that can help boost your plants. Boil about 15 eggs in 1 gallon of water. When the water has boiled let it cool, place it in a jar making sure that the lid is air tight. Store in a cool dark place.

This will make a good foliar spray for your plants and keep them growing healthy and happy. Do you know that another added benefit of egg shells is that you can add them to your plant bed to keep snails away

If you have a problem with snails just use egg shells. Firstly, let the shells dry out. After you have gotten enough let us say about 10-15 it could be more, place them in a plastic bag. Gently crush them up and walk throughout your plant bed sprinkling it through. The rough edges of the shells will cut into the snail’s soft body causing them to avoid your garden.

Also as the egg shell begins to break down it will add calcium to the soil which in turn will be taken up by your plants through their roots.

Sulfur

Sulfur is needed in plants because sulfur helps in the formation of plant protein. It also acts as a soil conditioner. Although sulfur is needed in a small amount, a lack of sulfur can cause plants to lose their shine or their glow.

These are just a few minerals that you can use to keep your plants in tip top shape.

You can purchase these products from your nursery or garden center, making sure to carefully read the label and follow as directed.

Final word

Organic fertilizers are a good and safe way to grow foods for consumption. A word of caution here is that even though you are using these methods to grow your plants, care must be taken in how you apply them and in the amount that you use in your garden.

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