Posted June 29, 2012 by ToniB in Tips & Advice

3 Mistakes Many Beginners Make with Organic Farming and Fertilizers and Mulch

When you are transitioning your garden or farm over to organic products, there are some changes that you need to make. Although most of the regular activities, such as weeding, watering, and planting all are done the same, there are other areas that should be of concern. When you’re using fertilizers and pesticides, and you don’t plan your garden well, you could be making some serious mistakes.

Inorganic Fertilizers

Many people won’t read the labels of bags closely enough, and will accidently use inorganic fertilizers. They may also believe that using inorganic fertilizers doesn’t matter if you are using organic seeds, and this isn’t true. You want to get certified organic fertilizers, and use organic compost from your own compost piles to fertilize your garden. Regular fertilizers can release chemicals into the ground that kill worms that help your garden, can be high in sodium, and deplete the nutrients in the soil.

Too Much Fertilizer

Even if the fertilizer you’re using is organic, you don’t want to use too much of while farming. This can stimulate too much plant growth throughout your garden, and you’ll have too many plants fighting over water and nutrients. The plants may also run out of places to grow, which can cause them to peak prematurely, and you won’t get the expectations you were hoping for. Fertilizer put across the garden about 3cm high is plenty for healthy growth and development. Using too much fertilizer will also cost you a lot of extra money.


There are many benefits to using mulch while farming, but you must make sure that the mulch is organic. If you’re using hay as mulch, be sure to ask that the straw was grown in a chemical free environment. The mulch is going to help keep water in the ground, and also protect the plants. This is also a great way to keep the soil rich with nutrients. You can also use organic compost as mulch. Be careful spreading the mulch, and don’t suffocate the plants. Leave at least a 2 inch diameter around the plant from the stem.

Mulching and using fertilizer while organic gardening is a great way to help your garden grown, but you want to make sure that you are using the right products, and you’re using the right amount. Organic farming is similar to regular farming, but you have to research all of your products carefully if you want to make sure that you’re getting the organic vegetables and plants that you planned on. Start creating your own organic compost pile so you always have your own fertilizer and mulch to use as a last minute resort, and so you know the compost is actually organic.

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