organic fertilizer is one that feeds the soil
and plant with a rich array of
needed nutrients, as opposed to
organic fertilizers containing basically
Nitrogen, Phosphorus or Potassium.
are experts who consider each of the following
to be the best organic fertilizer.
You can purchase
compost, such as mushroom compost (chicken
dropping compost that has been used to grow
mushrooms) and cow manure, at your local
lawn and garden store. Better yet, start
your own compost pile.
2. Well Aged Manure
Most manures need
to sit for
a year or more to give good
bacteria a chance to break them down. Once they
go through this composting process, they make an
excellent fertilizer, especially rich in
Nitrogen. Unlike other manures, rabbit and
chicken manure do not need to be aged, but
can be used immediately.
a rich organic fertilizercollected
from caves where bats make their homes. It is
made up of bat dropping mixed with decomposed
The castings of
earthworms are Godâ€™s gift to gardeners.
Earthworms live by ingesting soil, digesting it,
then excreting it. What comes out is a
super rich fertilizer. By
providing the healthy soil and organic matter
that worms thrive in, your soil will be enriched
with worm castings throughout the year.
You can make your
own vermicast if you like. Start with a large
container like a 55 gallon drum, alternate
between layers of dirt and kitchen scraps, and
put in some
get things going. Keep the mixture moist but not
wet for best results. You may also purchase worm
castings from your local lawn and garden center,
Though each of
the above fertilizers may quality for the "Best
Organic Fertilizer" title, they may be lacking
in trace minerals. However, it is easy enough to
add in the needed minerals. The best source I
have found is concentrated
Two Organic Fertilizers with ALL the Trace
1. Hydrolyzed Fish Emulsion
is a good source for
Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Carbon,
plus all of the trace minerals.
It is a great
whose main drawback is its smell. When
you get it on your hands or clothing, you'll
wish you hadn't. How can something that smells
so bad grow such good tasting produce? But it
Kelp is a form of
seaweed. Because it comes from the ocean, it
contains all of the micronutrients found there. Kelp is
especially useful for supplementing other
My Favorite Trace Mineral Fertilizers
1. Sea Minerals
Though Kelp and
Fish Emulsion do contain all the trace minerals,
they don't have near as great a concentration of
trace minerals as
concentrated sea minerals.
Kelp and Fish seem to work so much better when
you add in a bit of sea minerals to them. Or you
may use a concentrated sea mineral product by
I had a friend in
orchard who tried the fish/sea mineral
combination, and was amazed at how
quickly it brought his struggling young apple
trees back to life.
minerals are also a great source of food for
beneficial bacteria in the soil, helping
to strengthen the soil food web.
Not only does it
contain a healthy amount of sea minerals, it
prompts the plant to massive amounts of sugars
through the roots into the soil (called carbon
sequestration), which in turn is used by
bacteria to highly structure the soil.