New organic gardeners, sometimes, think that fertilicer for their organic garden is much the same as their conventional garden, just run to the garden center and get a bag of organic fertilizer. There is a little more to organic gardening than opening a different bag.
To figure out what is the best for you we will look at two ways of getting the proper nutrition for you plants. We will look at purchased organic fertilizer and compost you can make at home.
Organic fertilizer in a bag
You can buy fertilizer for your garden that is an organic fertilizer, rather than a chemical fertilizer. The difference is, of course, the organic fertilizer has been produced out of organic matter and without chemicals.
If your only interest is to grow tasty vegetables in your garden then an organic fertilizer in a bag might be a good alternative for you. If you want to grow the healthiest produce for your family, then this is not the best route to take.
Why, you ask? Good question. First, you are relying on someone else for the most important part of your life, what you put into your body. You may have learned that not all things in life are as they seem. This is true with a bag of fertilizer as with other things we encounter.
Recently, a manufacturer of organic fertilizer in California was busted for putting chemicals in his product. People who wanted to grow their food without chemicals trusted this company for the nutrients their food needed and they were being deceived.
Secondly, you get more plant food from compost, if you balance your compost in the pile. To be fair, you do get an analysis of what’s in the bag and, unless you test your compost, you do not know for sure what’s in the compost.
Compost is something you can make at home and will cost you little, but some good exercise. Compost has been used for centuries by people who rely on their garden to feed them for the whole year. So, this in not just a new idea, it has been perfected through out the ages.
I remember my grandfather used the manure and bedding from the dairy barn on the garden in the spring before plowing. He always raised great tasting veggies. And, he canned enough to get him through the winter, until he could plant a new crop.
Compost is made by gathering different organic materials that will decay and add nutrients to the compost that the plants need. You can vary the content of the compost by varying the materials used to build a compost pile.
The compost pile is made up of the stuff you have around the home. You can use the vegetable trimmings, which you now throw out, to make fertilizer for your next vegetable crop.
To make your compost pile the right mixture you need to add brown and green stuff. The brown stuff can be anything that has dried out, like leaves in the fall, straw, weeds you have cut and have dried, newspaper, cardboard, anything that is dry and organic.
Your green stuff can be the garbage from the house, lawn clippings, alfalfa hay, a green crop that you raise, the list is endless.
All these different materials bring a different combination of proteins, minerals and other nutrients. Added together they provide the plant they are placed around the food that it needs to grow properly and provide you with the food that you need.
Your decision on what type of organic garden fertilizer to use is up to you. The above guideline will help you make the right decision.
Steve Wisley has been gardening organically for over a quarter of a century. Gardening is a great way to, not only, grow great tasting, healthy, chemical free food that is good for your family, but gardening is reconnecting with your soul. It is getting your hands in the stuff that life is based upon, and it can heal some of hurt you feel inside.
Steve started this blog to guide others in starting and improving their organic garden to produce healthy, nutritious, great tasting food for their family. Pick up your copy of the booklet “6 Easy Common Sense Tips To Ban Bugs From Your Garden Without Chemicals”.