Monday, 10 May 2010

Fertilizer: Advantages of Organic Fertilizers

Organic compost
Organic fertilizers, whether synthetically produced or derived from natural sources, are made from living things and their byproducts. Inorganic fertilizers, commonly known as chemical fertilizers, are manufactured from non-living sources. The choice depends on availability, growing conditions and the goals of the grower.
It's all natural

  • Organic fertilizers, usually composts, are made by decomposing biodegradable wastes. These wastes may include paper, leaves, fruit peelings, leftover foods and even fruit juices. These are all natural and the process of decomposing them needs no chemicals either. 
  • An abundance of worms are all it takes to decompose these wastes and turn it into organic fertilizer. 
  • You don’t have to worry about build up of toxic wastes because that is not happening with an all natural source of ingredients.

Make the soil rich

  • Organic fertilizers make a good addition to the soil. 
  • It makes the soil rich and ideal for planting. 
  • With a good soil, plants will get the nutrients that they need. 
  • Furthermore, organic fertilizers do not upset the balance in the soil as it does not leave behind any artificial compounds.

Transforms unhealthy soil

  • If the soil in your garden is not the rich and loamy type, but instead it is sandy or may have a lot of tiny gravel in it or a high concentration pf clay perhaps are not a good area for planting.  
  • Sandy soil does not hold water and not even the roots of the plants. 
  • Clay tends to clump. 
  • Adding organic fertilizers to sandy or clay soils will improve the content and quality of the soil making it more suitable for planting.

Corrects imbalances
  • As the soil goes through the plants cycle of planting and harvesting and de-cropping, it becomes stripped bare of nutrients and the pH balance is also affected as well. 
  • Organic fertilizers help correct these imbalances in the soil pH to make it more suitable for plant growth.

Delivers nutrients in a slow but sustained rate

  • Organic fertilizers are yet to be broken down completely into nutrients that the plants will absorb. 
  • Nutrients are delivered slowly in small increments as the organic fertilizer is slowly breaking down. 
  • The plants do not get shocked by a sudden high dose of nutrients being delivered that comes with using inorganic fertilizers. 
  • Over fertilizing which can be harmful to the plants can be avoided. 
  • Furthermore incidents where the roots get burned from direct application of high hoses of fertilizer can also be avoided.

Cost- effective

  • The raw material needed to make an organic fertilizer can be found even in our homes. 
  • Biodegradable wastes can be recycled and turned into compost.

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