Organic Fertilizers

Organic Fertilizers

Soil & Compost
When used in reference to fertilizers, the word organic generally means that the nutrients contained in the product are derived solely from the remains or a by-product of an organism. Cottonseed meal, blood meal, fish emulsion, manure and sewage sludge are examples of organic fertilizers. Urea is a synthetic organic fertilizer, an organic substance manufactured from inorganic materials. When packaged as fertilizers, organic products have the fertilizer ratio stated on the package label. Some organic materials, particularly composted manures and sludges, are sold as soil conditioners and do not have a nutrient guarantee stated on the package, although small amounts of nutrients are present. Some organic fertilizers are high in one of the three major nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, or potash,) but low or zero in the other two. Some are…
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Soybeans

Soybeans

Soil & Compost
As with most plants in the legume family, Glycine max, soybeans, grow in cooperation with soil-dwelling bacteria. These bacteria live in nodules on the roots of legumes. They take nitrogen gas from the air and convert it to a form plants can use. This process is often referred to as "fixing nitrogen." When the legume dies and its roots begin to decompose, residual nitrogen in the nodules becomes available to other plants. Minnesota farmers take advantage of nitrogen fixation when they plant soybeans in rotation with corn. The soybeans fix nitrogen in the soil; the following year the succession plants use the nitrogen. The largest concern in using soybeans as a cover crop or "green manure" is going to be finding organic and Non-GMO seeds. Requirements Soil: Loams, tolerates poor…
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Compost Tea

Compost Tea
Compost tea is a helpful way to fertilize your garden. Compost tea is reported to increase disease resistance in plants, reduce fertilizer and water needs as well as plant stress, and improve soil structure, aeration, retention of nutrients, and cycling of nutrients into plant-available forms. Compost tea puts the microbes back into soils that have been subjected to chemicals or soils that are naturally limited in microbial activity. When applied to plant foliage, compost tea prevents harmful substances, including disease organisms, from reaching the plant. It also increases the amount of nutrients taken up by foliar-applied fertilizers. What is Compost Tea? Compost tea is an aerobically brewed liquid extract made from compost. Compost tea can contains tons of beneficial organisms, including bacteria, protozoa, and nematodes, as well as nutrients that…
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Organic Weed Control

Organic Gardening, Weeds
Although much has been heard about organic weed prevention and its benefits, there are still people who seem skeptic about it. Is it really any good? This question is just among the recurring questions that you can encounter regarding organic weed control process. Organic weed prevention uses different process of controlling the growth of unwanted grasses or weeds. You can either pull them from the ground whenever you see them or use organic weed killer on them. As you can see, organic weed control doesn’t disagree on using products to control or remove wild plants. The idea of this process is to prevent them in the most natural way possible. So if you want to use sprays, fertilizers or any other kind of chemicals on them, make sure that you…
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Aerated Compost Tea, The New Organic Fertilizer

Soil & Compost
Organic gardeners all know compost is fantastic stuff. But now, there's something even better and that's compost tea. If you start with a good compost you'll have a versatile elixir for all your garden needs. Compost tea helps prevent foliage diseases and at the same time increase the nutrients to the plant and shutdown the toxins hurting the plants. It will improve the taste/flavor of your vegetables. So why not give this tea a try either by buying it or brewing it yourself. You won't believe the results! Four ways that good bacteria work: Help compete for the nutrients Dine on the bad varmints Help produce antibiotics to use against the varmints They shove the bad varmints out Compost tea that is correctly brewed has a wealth of microorganisms that…
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