Organic fertilizer is wonderful and can be inexpensive; even homemade. No chemicals or artificial ingredients needed.
In the photo to the left you see one of my flagstone walkways with a happy container of Blackie Ipomoea (Sweet Potato Vine) which is growing nearly five feet long. Healthy and happy with all-natural fertilizer.
While I have tried many varieties of fertilizer, my very favorites are below:
1. Rotted Manure
2. Compost (here you see Organic Mechanics Soil)
3. Liquid Organic Fertilizer (here you see Daniels Plant Food )
Manures should not be put on, or in, a garden unless it is composted first – it will burn your plants if too fresh. Rotted manure is usually “rotted” after at least six months of exposure in a compost pile. Using it as a mulch on top of your existing soil is a great idea, although it is not a traditional mulch, but it will still help you retain moisture in the soil and fertilize simultaneously. I often mix rotted manure in with my container gardens as well.
Compost is gold for the garden! Compost is not officially considered a “fertilizer”, yet it does have a good, cumulative effect on soil nutrient levels. I regularly mix in manure in my compost bins, so my homemade compost is usually filled with all the microbial wonders of regular compost as well as having a stronger nitrogen level. The effect of this type of “fertilizer” in my garden are plants that grow big and happy. This year I used Organic Mechanics Soil mixed with worm castings – a tremendous moisture retentive compost – for all my container gardens.
Liquid organic plant fertilizers like Daniels Plant Food is also wonderful to use on plants in your garden. It is formulated to provide essential nutrition for both indoor and outdoor plants, flower and vegetable gardens. Because it is highly concentrated, you only have to use a little bit – one tablespoon per gallon for outdoor plants. Better yet, Daniels Plant Foods are non-toxic to children, pets and other plants
Above you see a video which shows how you can use these three organic fertilizers in your own garden. Give it a try and go organic – make a difference for the environment!
Products sponsored by the below supporters. I would be using these products whether or not they are sponsored – I have used them for years and have faith in their quality – –
- Additional information can be found about Organic Mechanics Soil on the Organic Mechanics website – www.organicmechanicsoil.com.
- Additional information can be found on the Wave Petunia found in the photo above at http://www.wave-rave.com and the Blackie Ipomoea Sweet Potato Vine here.
- Additional information can be found on the Daniels Plant Food at their website – http://danielsplantfood.com.