Introduction to Organic Garden Fertilizers

In traditional non-organic gardens it is a popular method to fertilize your crops because the soil may not be as healthy as it could be.  With organic gardens, the main focus is making sure that you have a healthy soil in place which your plants will thrive in.  Most weeds prefer soil that isn’t perfect, so having great soil helps with meed management and acts as a fertilizer in and of itself because all of the nutrients are already there for your crops.  The problem with fertilizers is they are a one shot deal,  they supply your plants with the nutrients they need, but they don’t stick around, so your next crop you’ll have to fertilize again.

First and foremost you have to make sure you keep good care of your organic garden soil and you will have healthy crops.  Sometimes though adding a bit of fertilizer to your crops can make a difference, so we’ll discuss a couple of organic fertilizers that you can use to boost some crops.  The most effective organic fertilizer is putting some organic matter on top of or into the soil around your plants.  This method takes a little longer to get into the roots since the organic matte has to break down, but this is will add a lot of nutrients which will stick around a lot longer then the other methods.  Organic matter can be compost or alfalfa meal, or any other organic matter that you have chopped up as small as possible.   The best method for this is to place all around the base of the plants making sure to cover out to the outer leaves.

If you want to use a spray organic fertilizer then you can use a solution of seaweed extract or fish emulsion which you should be able to pick up at your local garden supply store.  These products are organic and will add the needed nutrients to your plants.   Make sure you follow the directions on the packages for how much to dilute them before spraying.

red worms in compostAnother great fertilizer for your organic garden is to use “Compost Tea” or liquid worm castings  (some like to call it “Worm Juice”).  If you want you can find it some places to buy, but I would highly recommend making your own worm composting system.  Follow the instructions on the following page to learn how to make your own. Make your own worm compost system.  Not only does your worm compost system make compost for your garden and produces the compost tea.   It will also get rid of your kitchen scraps and is practically odorless.    That is definitely a win-win in my books!

I hope that these organic gardening tips on fertilizers will give you a good start in fertilizing your garden,  stay tuned for more in-depth articles on each of the methods mentioned here.