Times are changing and many of us are rethinking how we treat the ground that God has given us. There are many types of organic fertilizers that we can use on our lawns and gardens, as well as, flowerbeds and trees.
Organics don’t work as fast or as long as the conventional types of fertilizers, but they are more Earth-friendly. If you set up an application routine with your organic fertilizers, you will have beautiful plantings.
Here are a few of the organics that I have personally used:
Corn gluten meal which is a pre emergence control for weed seeds, apply as early in the spring as possible
Blood meal is an organic nitrogen source which is great for side dressing vegetable like corn, or leafy vegetable that need more nitrogen for top growth. This has an extra added benefit for repelling deer and rabbits temporarily
Kelp meal contains 60 trace minerals, 14 vitamins, plant growth regulators, enzymes, and hormones. Kelp has been shown to improve seed germination, root and plant growth, and overall health of plants.
Bone meal provides 12% phosphorous, 22% calcium and 4 % nitrogen which produce a strong healthy root system
Compost and manure which is great for flowers, vegetable, and fruits. I like to use this around my rhubard. I usually put a good coating down in the fall, but spring works too. This is a valuable source of organic matter, and will help to improve drainage. Nutrients are slow release
Rock phosphate supplies phosphorous which is needed by all plants for cell enlargement and division, photosynthesis, and respiration. It will also promote early root formation and growth. If you ever notice a purple tinge on your plant leaves you may have a phosphorus deficiency
Milorganite™ is a slow release organic nitrogen with extra iron which makes your lawn dark green and very lush. We apply this to the lawn every 10 weeks, and it is safe to use around children and pets
I have also tried out the Espoma™ products: Plantone, Rosetone, Treetone, Hollytone. I have had great results with these products because it takes the guess work out of having to have all the above products.
Another product I like to recommend to you is Ohio Earth Products, ReVita™ Lawn and Garden Natural Fertilizers. They also use a lot of the individual products above and blend them together so that applying them is made easier for you. These products will stimulate root growth, enliven green color, and enhances resistance to stress such as drought.
So, you can just call me your guinea pig, because I am always trying out new and old products to see what works best, so you don’t waste your hard earned dollars.
I encourage you to write me soon with any of your questions, so I can hit the topics that concern you the most.
Happy Spring (and don’t pull too many muscles)