Using Organic Fertilizers

Using Organic Fertilizers

Organic fertilizers are a key element to set a productive organic garden. The first step when starting your own garden is to take care of the soil. In this article I’ll talk about some important organic fertilizers and how they enrich your soil.

Types of Organic Fertilizers

• Animal Manures

• Compost

• Peat

• Humic and Fluvic Acid

1. Manure

Manure from cows, sheep, horse, goat, etc. You can get it yourself; buy it in a farm directly or at garden centers. Using manure in the garden has numerous benefits. Manure is packed with nutrients that plants need, like nitrogen. Using manure as fertilizer keeps plants healthy and green. As the soil absorbs manure, nutrients are released, enriching the soil, which in turn helps plants.

2. Compost

Compost is made of a mixture of organic waste (kitchen waste, weeds, straw, manure, ash) and brown waste. Composting is very simple, and it can be practiced by you at home. Compost soil is very rich soil, this is the kind of soil you need when you want to grow your own organic garden.

Making compost may be considered complex by some persons, all you need is to use the right ingredients; cocoa hulls, worm compost, fermented chicken, pig and sheep manure, vegetative kitchen scrapes, agricultural residues, weeds, aquarium water, algae, vegetative kitchen scraps are some of the most common ingredients. As we see, there are many things we can use to make de perfect compost.

3. Peat

Farmers and gardeners are using peat more and more often these days. Peat has a lot of benefits: retains moisture in soil when its dry and prevents water excess when is too wet, preserving the roots. It also store nutrients making the soil richer.

4. Humic and Fluvic Acid

The Humic and Fluvic acid are very good substances to the soil: unblock minerals, fix nutrients, activate microbial flora among other benefits.

The Fluvic acid is extracted from organic substances, extraction is made by a solution of sodium hydroxide, which dissolves much of the organic matter. After that they add enough acid to drop its pH to about 2, organic material will begin to flocculate and then can be separated from the liquid portion. The liquid is what we call fluvic acid, and the flocculated material is de humic acid.

Now that you know all your organic options, you only need to find out what kind of soil you have to start preparing it! If you want more info, visit Family Organic Garden

Laura is an Organic Gardening Enthusiast who enjoys helping other folks get started with this wonderful and rewarding experience. She was inspired by the “Family Organic Gardening” Guide. Visit www.familyorganicgarden.com to find out more.

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