Organic Fertilizer Utilization and Being Sustainable

By Marie Hull

Organic fertilizer application has become very standard but when the whole organic thing began, individuals were not prepared to accept the notions of organic gardening.

Have you read the gardening book, How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back, by Ruth Stout? in the 1955 literary masterpiece the author shared a distinctive method for making crop production more enjoyable. She said mulching will greatly make gardening a lot easier. Furthermore, chemical fertilizers are not important to start gardening. Most of what is mentioned in the book are now popular strategies for growing an organic garden. But during that time, these ideas seemed peculiar.

It is hardly surprising that individuals around us are still skeptical of organic gardening systems.

With the propaganda geared towards the widespread application of synthetic fertilizers, it's not easy for composting enthusiasts to convince people of the many benefits of organic systems. The situation reversed when individuals discovered organic food and how eating something that was grown and bred using only natural elements can save the lives of millions.

Even without the implications on how organic fertilizer systems can alleviate the worldwide food situation, people have started seeing the light about the practicability of going natural all the way.

So, what does it mean to go for the natural alternatives?

Any holistic technique of farming that won't disturb the fragile balance of soil factors, crop potential and the natural order of things can be classified under an organic scheme. You must understand how to create your own organic fertilizer scheme using waste material.

Pesticides made from organic ingredients, such as blossoms or cayenne pepper, are allowed. Conditioners and insecticides created from chemicals using manufacturing processes as not acceptable. Organic products must not have any genetically changed elements.

If you're going to go organic, you must learn to section your garden in a way that some of the soil plots can rest while the others are growing plants. It also involves cropping green mulch, or crops that increase nitrogen yield in the soil organically. - 31817

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Natural Fertilizer Alternatives for Your Farm

By Marie Hull

If you are in the market for less expensive and natural fertilizer, you need only to look at the things piling up in your own patch (leaves, dung and manure to name a few). All the components for an organic fertilizer scheme are obtainable to you if you look closely. To be precise, check out the fallen leaves, the animal droppings and even the seaweed on the beach; all these can be turned into organic fertilizer for the coming of spring.

All organic materials qualify as natural supplements. The organic materials, when processed carefully, will provide nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium for your crops. These nutrients get liberated into the soil when the materials rot.

Animal dung is a natural fertilizer, but it has changeable mineral levels. Nutrient concentration varies according to the regimen of the animal. What is more, pasture gardeners are advised not to use any type of chemicals that could disrupt an animal's diet to make sure the resultant manure is free from the same chemicals. Think about these carefully if you're thinking of using dung as fertilizer.

You can use fresh dung on your plants, but the salinity levels in fresh manure are high. Composted manure has less minerals in comparison to the fresh counterpart, but nitrogen concentration in composted manure can be saved by mixing it with soil.

If you live near the coastline, you might want to try transforming seaweeds into natural garden supplements. Clean the seaweeds and transform it into compost by letting it decompose along with other organic components.

One of the best fertilizers you can use is fish emulsion. You can purchase this from suppliers or you can make your own.

If you have a lot of fallen leaves on the ground, you can add those to your compost pit for fertilizer production. You need to put simply enough fallen leaves in your compost pit for the leaves to decay gradually.

Compost enhances soil pH and improves the over-all nutrient concentration of your soil. What organic farmers call "compost" is simply a combination of organic residues from crops and animals.

Another backyard waste you might want to try is wood ash. Wood ash can also supply potassium to your crops. - 31817

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Chemical or Organic Fertilizer-You Choose

By Marie Hull

Even a veteran farmer may get confused by the types of organic fertilizer and chemical fertilizer available in the marketplace these days. Some farmers may also get tempted to simply buy commercial fertilizers rather than go through the trouble of making their own.

Take a look at the pros and cons of using an organic fertilizer and a chemical fertilizer before you make a decision which supplement type to purchase.

Organic fertilizers boost soil health and that of the microbes that help the growth of the plants.

Naturally occurring microbes convert organic substance to minerals plants can quickly use. The earthworms around the crops loosen the soil for better root development. Organic fertilizer use will increase the population of these beneficial soil organisms and will benefit your garden in the long run.

You can maintain mineral equilibrium in the soil by applying organic fertilizers that won't disrupt the balance. The effects of these fertilizers aren't only for the current crop but also for future planting. Organic matter when replenished with soil conditioners will always be available no matter how many times you plow the soil.

Organic fertilizers are easy on the soil and on the crops, but we have to acknowledge that buying these from suppliers is difficult. Some of these fertilizers are not sold commercially in several localities. You either have to import them from another state, make your own or purchase them at a higher price in comparison to commercial fertilizers.

How can organic fertilizers contend with the fast-release mixtures out there? This slow release effect is a common reason why some farmers choose the chemical fertilizers.

Although there's a type of organic fertilizer that shows the same fast release action, most of the organic fertilizers are supplied during the soil preparation process to make sure they're correctly decayed when planting starts.

Synthetic fertilizers may be known to cause soil fatigue in the long run but it cannot be denied that some gardeners prefer the clearly distinct mineral ratios in these fertilizers. Chemical fertilizers are sold in shops and retail outlets so they're also more available to farmers. - 31817

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Urban Homesteaders

By Rebecca Odenkirk

Urban homesteaders all share an independent, I can do it attitude. They seek to have a smaller environmental footprint and to have a low impact on the earth.

Urban lawns become micro farms, where urban homesteaders grow their own food. They raise chickens for eggs and manure. Pygmy goats and dwarf rabbits can also be raised. Check your local government for city regulations on raising farm animals. Crops of fruits and vegetables are also grown.

Canning, freezing, drying, and fermenting are food preservation practices that allow urban homesteaders to store, trade, and share their produce with other urban homesteaders. Some belong to food co-ops and offer their produce at farmer's markets.

Most micro farms are organically grown. This means that no chemical pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, growth hormones, or antibiotics are used. Urban homesteaders who grow organic gardens will use natural solutions for fertilizers and pest control. Rain water is collected and poultry, rabbit and goat manure becomes fertilizer. Most garden waste goes into compost bins to become soil amendments and mulch.

Some urban homesteaders have solar arrays and wind turbines to supplement or replace public utilities. Bio-diesel can be home brewed for powering cars and home generators. Using front loading clothes washers and line drying is a common practice.

Fresh organic food and all of the hard work of farming, leads to healthier and happier lives. As a result, the cost for doctors and medicine is less.

Using green building designs is a common practice. These improvements may qualify for tax rebates. Having a green home and garden is good for you, your neighborhood, and your wallet.

Home grown food is healthier and cheaper than grocery store food. The use of alternative energy is much cheaper than public utilities, after the initial equipment cost, and has less impact on the environment.

The conserving and sharing of home grown food and energy is part of living the simpler and more self sufficient life of the urban homesteader. - 31817

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Organic Fertilizer Options for Your Crops

By Marie Hull

Choosing the best organic fertilizer isn't simple. There are so many to choose from, and most of the industrial ones have a lot of promises. Perhaps you have acquaintances who have tried this or that formula and you ask around because you want to try finding the best fertilizer that you can apply before planting season comes.

Here's a word of advice from one gardener to another. First of all, let's define what a good fertilizer is. It should be something that will help you make the most of the natural setting where you'll begin planting. This means choosing a formula will have to depend on the soil type, climatic factors and the nutrient requirements of your plants.

Let's assume you understand for sure (through various tests) that your soil is acidic or basic, and in some way deficient in some important mineral deposits. Organic fertilizers can be applied to crops to produce a balance. Quite a lot of organic fertilizers have formulations that have this exact function.

Subsequently, mind your crop type. Many decorative crops, such as azaleas and rhododendrons, develop well in acidic soil. In the case of these plants, having iron, manganese and sulfur (and their derivatives) may help. If the top soil in your plots is acidic, then it's best to choose fertilizer mixtures that can supply what the soil naturally lacks.

Root growth of crops can improve by making use of seaweed fertilizers. Bat guano, which holds a high quantity of phosphorus, can also improve budding and fruiting, and add to the creation of greener leaves. Bone meal can promote root elongation in transplants and seedlings, as well as hasten the development of flower buds. Alfalfa meal is one of the fast-release types of fertilizers to make use of if you're growing roses. You may also look into how organic fertilizers like kelp, fish emulsion and gluten meal can benefit your garden.

Liquid fertilizes such as fish emulsion can immediately provide nutrients to plants because the formula can be taken up quickly. Because of this, an organic fertilizer in liquid form can be sprayed on leaves.

If you're still not sure which is the best fertilizer for your plants, check the quantity of trace elements in a commercial formula and contrast the mineral absorption rates.

It's also worthwhile to find out how much nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium the organic fertilizer has.

So many choices! You can make use of several on different crops if you want to compare and contrast the advantages of each fertilizer. At times, finding the best fertilizer to use on your crops can take a while. However, once you've the details on hand (crop type, soil type, farming style etc.), the process becomes easier. - 31817

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Fish Emulsion Liquid Fertilizer Production

By Marie Hull

Fish emulsion is a liquid fertilizer made from fish residue. This is a liquid organic fertilizer that is good for plants and good for the environment. A common fish emulsion formula is made from the processing residue of menhaden, a small, bony fish from the Atlantic Ocean. Waste byproducts from other fishes, like wild salmon, can also be used to create fish emulsion fertilizers.

Fish waste is cooked to take out the oils and liquids. The solid waste materials are removed and transformed into animal fodder and fish meal. The oil is removed and the liquid filtrate is further processed for liquid fertilizer creation.

The unrefined emulsion is basic, so phosphoric acid is put in to make it more acidic. This process produces an acidic reaction, which serves as a stabilizer for the fish suspension. This important step is vital for the shelf life of the liquid fertilizer.

If you have a stable supply of fish waste, or you've a way of obtaining some from a local fishing port, you might want to think about making your own liquid fertilizer from the leftovers of processed fish.

There are many blends, but the classic fish emulsion liquid fertilizer comprises about 4 parts N, 2 parts P and 2 parts K. These trace elements are additional nutrients that plants require.

One of the advantages of using liquid fertilizer is the quick absorption of minerals by the crops. This formula can match the fast-release chemical fertilizers in terms of speed and effectiveness. What's more, the fact that the processing residues of the fish industry are utilized for producing fish emulsion guarantees that this fertilizer is 100% environmentally sound.

If your gardening style involves transplants and seedlings, a quick acting organic fertilizer such as fish emulsion may be ideal for you. You have the option to apply this fertilizer straight to the foliage as foliar feed.

But take note, before using this liquid fertilizer, correctly mix it with water to dilute.

Fish emulsion heats up quickly in storage, so it's imperrative that you store this at room temperature. Also, remember to mix only a small quantity with water as the diluted version cannot be stored anymore. - 31817

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Organic Fertilizer Is The Only Way To Go!

By Tina Hull

Our lawns and gardens are craving something natural to help them thrive, the way nature intended. Fish emulsion has been a prime organic fertilizer used by our ancestors for centuries. I'm uncertain as to how anyone ever thought that synthetic fertilizers would benefit our environment, but someone did. Hands down, though, organic fertilizer out shines chemical fertilizers every time.

Fish emulsion is a by-product of fish, one of the best fish for fertilization purposes is called the Menhaden which means "that which manures". Appropriate, eh? It is an organic, renewable source that has served as an amazing organic fertilizer for centuries. Our ancestors used this fish to enhance their crops years ago before synthetic fertilizers were even thought of.

A much desired quality of fish emulsion as organic fertilizer is that it offers instant gratification. One misconception many people have is that all organic fertilizers don't act fast enough. True, some organic fertilizers are slow acting but not fish emulsion. Your plants benefit almost immediately after its application. Some other organic fertilizers leave you waiting. Often their ingredients need some time to decompose and release their nutrients. You have to be careful to store fish emulsion at room temperature so that it doesn't degrade before you want it to as it will in excessive heat.

Fish emulsion is a great organic fertilizer for seedlings. Since fish emulsion acts so promptly, it makes a great fertilizer for transplants too. Transplants particularly need some extra attention so as not to risk any harm from the shock of transplanting.

Chemical fertilizers risk burning your lawn and plants. Organic fertilizer doesn't pose these same risks. You won't have ugly brown spots on your lawn or plants dropping dead from toxic chemicals.

The one drawback that fish emulsion has is the smell is not very friendly. It's an amazing fertilizer, but you may want to wear some rubber gloves when applying and clothes that you don't really mind getting filthy, just in case you splash some on yourself. The stench disappears over a short period of time, so not to worry you won't have to live with it for too long.

Probably the most beneficial fish to use for organic fertilizer is the Menhaden, a tiny, bony fish that isn't caught to eat but caught for their protein and nutrients. They feed on mineral rich plankton in the Atlantic and Caribbean, making them primo for our gardens and lawns.

This renewable source, fish emulsion, has proven itself to be awesome organic fertilizer, especially the little Menhaden from the Atlantic and Caribbean. Lawns and gardens all over benefit greatly from this organic fertilizer, especially seedlings and transplants. Once you get over the smell, you can reap the rewards. You won't risk burning any vegetation and your garden and lawn will thrive like never before. If you're after instant gratification, fish emulsion is the organic fertilizer for you. - 31817

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