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Fertilizer

 

 

Fertilizer

A chemical or natural substance added to soil or land to increase its fertility.

 

Fertilizers come in two basic types: organic and synthetic. Organic fertilizers are made from natural, organic (living) materials, such as peat moss, bone, seaweed, composted plant materials, and animal manure. Synthetic or inorganic fertilizers are manufactured chemically or produced from rocks and minerals.

Plants need six basic nutrients to survive and thrive: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. The first three — carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen — can be obtained from the air and water.

Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, however, usually come from the soil. Not all soil is rich in these nutrients, though. If your plants are going to grow like you want them to, then you’re probably going to need to supply those nutrients by adding fertilizer.

Organic and synthetic fertilizers differ in more ways than just their composition. Synthetic fertilizers dissolve in water and can be used by plants immediately. They help plants to get off to a quick start, but they don’t usually do much to improve overall soil health in the long run.

Organic fertilizers, on the other hand, don’t break down quickly. Since it can take months to release nutrients, organic fertilizers are often applied in the fall so nutrients will be available by spring. Although it takes them longer to provide nutrients, organic fertilizers tend to improve soil structure and provide benefits that can last for multiple growing seasons.

Many farmers and gardeners choose to use a combination of organic and synthetic fertilizers over the course of a typical growing season. Farmers, in particular, often have a lot of one type of fertilizer on hand: Manure.

 

Manure is simply the waste products of animals that have been composted to remove any pathogens and break it down for quicker uptake by plants. Uncomposted manures must be used with caution, as they take longer to break down and may contain weed seeds or disease that can be passed into your landscape.

Herbivorous animal manure manure can sometimes be put directly onto the crop.  Some will also require that you compost it to an extent.  Rabbit and sheep manure can be used directly.  Cow, horse, goat, and other herbivorous manures may need to be composted.

Carnivorous animals must be composted because they can burn your plants.  Humanure and dog manure for example should be composted for two years before they can be used.  Check out the EverGreenCoin Renewables page to learn more about humanure and methane digesters.

Some of the best sources of manure comes from guano, worm castings, fish, and snake manure.  Most of these can be purchased, but worm castings can be done yourself if you have the time.

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