How to Nourish Your Organic Farm with the Right Fertilizers?
For organic farmers, making a lively soil filled with nutrients and humus is what they need to grow profitable fruits and vegetables. The fertility of the soil is the very core of organic farming and not the use of various chemical-based fertilizers.
But not all soil is full of nutrients. Farmers cannot pick their land. What if their soil has no life on it? What if the pH is too high or too low? Farmers should deal with this, though.
The problem is that organic farmers do not use fertilizers because it is against the rule of nature. Besides, it has a lot of negative results. But soil fertilizers are badly needed if one wants to make his dead soil live instantly. Fortunately, there are what they called “organic fertilizers”. What differentiate these from the chemical-based ones?
One of the most essential differences between the two is that organic fertilizers feed both the soils and the crops. Soluble chemical fertilizers, for example, do not feed the earthworms and other soil microorganisms, which are important in the whole organic farming process. More often, these kinds of fertilizers terminate the said helpful organisms. Organic fertilizers on the hand keep the farmers from this crisis.
Another thing is that chemical fertilizers use non-renewable resources such as natural gas and coal. Other manufacturers, furthermore, use rock minerals treated with acids. Organic fertilizers have healthier ingredients. They use animal materials, natural plants or mined rock minerals.
Using an organic fertilizer is not that complicated as other farmers think it is. It is convenient and very much effective. You don’t need to wait or schedule the application; you can just fertilize the whole garden in one or two applications. You don’t have to worry too much because it is safe for your plants.
Moreover, there are what they called “dry organic fertilizers”. These are made from rock phosphate or kelp. They have wide variety of nutrients such as potassium, phosphorus, nitrogen, and different micronutrients. In applying these dry organic fertilizers you should broadcast it and then rake or hoe it into the above 6 inches of the soil.
However, there is a dilemma going on in here: Is your organic fertilizer really 100% organic?
There are manufacturers who lie about their brands saying that their products are all-natural when in fact there are hidden chemical ingredients. Thus, if you’ll try to think of it, you cannot really distinguish organic fertilizers from chemical ones. Just a head start, if you really want to use one of these organic fertilizers, choose labels with these following indications: “Natural Organic”, “Slow Release”, and “Low Analysis”.