by April Reinhardt
(last updated June 2, 2021)
Comprised of the remains of plants and animals, organic fertilizer is free of chemical pesticides and, thus, more healthful than using man-made fertilizers. There are two classifications of organic fertilizers; natural and manufactured. Naturally occurring organic fertilizers include:
Manufactured organic fertilizers include:
Use of heavy artificial fertilizers causes many problems that can be avoided with the use of organic fertilizing methods. Some of the benefits of using organic fertilizers are:
It is fairly uncomplicated to transition from chemical to organic fertilizers. Simply sprinkle bloodmeal or bonemeal on the dirt around your plants, or work a few handfuls of guano into the dirt. Also good for plant growth is the layering of compost or manure a few inches deep around your plant base. Manure aids the decomposition of soil, thus giving plants more nutrients.
Whatever type or combination of organic fertilizers you use, remember to water the soil thoroughly after each application to help the decomposition process.
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