mom. Organic Gardening. September 18th , 2017.
You might want to know the answer of this question: what could be the best Organic fertilizer for vegetable garden? Seems like easy to find the answer right, just ask Google! But with more than one million results, it would take some time to find the answer.
Some sources in the internet say that the best organic fertilizer use compost. Other sources mention that corn meal is everything you will ever need, and others shout to search products of out Dr. Earth. So after browsing for a while, you now might have a list of products that you think are the best organic fertilizers, ready to use for your garden.
So now maybe you’re confused and have no idea which is the “best” fertilizer to buy. Additionally, you may now become more confused about what “organic” means.
The question on what is Best Organic fertilizer For Vegetable Garden could be answered using a scientific approach. The first thing you can do is to do a soil test. It’s a test conducted professionally by an analytical lab and will only cost you for about $30!
The results from the analytical testing lab will give you some valuable information, such as the pH of your soil. It’s important for gardeners to know the pH of their soil, it’s like it’s important for you to know your the type of your blood.
The turn around time for results is about three weeks. The report tells you about thecurrent nutrient levels in ppm. the soil pH, organic matter and salt levels in the soil, and a few recomendations on what changes you need to add on the soil per acre.
First thing you need to know is the pH? If your pH higher than 7.5 or lower than 5.5, you’ll need to make a plan to adjust it. pH adjustion can be tricky and you’re advised to look for expert’s advice. The neutral state of pH is 7.0., and vegetable garden perform best in soil with pH of 6.0 - 7.2. And don’t use fertilizers to lower or raise your soil pH. This is about to use the best organic fertilizer for vegetable garden, not changing it’s soil pH.
After you’ve made a plan to solve your soil pH problem, now you will need to tackle the problem of salt levels. If the levels are higher than normal, then you should adjust it first before you add any amendments. You’ll need to apply some applications of water of 4-8" (depending on the salt levels) to the soil and allow them to completely drain. Not many plants able to grow in high salt-levels soil. Even if the plants resist the salt levels, their growth will be poor and suffere from nutrient deficiencies.
After that, we have to deal with the Soil Texture and make a plan for making it better. Soil Texture or Soil Tilth is the soil’s general suitability in promoting root growth.
After that, we have to observe the percentage of organic material within in the soil based on the soil test. It would caused problems for you if it’s too low or too high. So you should make another plan to decrease or increase the quantity of organic material within the soil. To increase organic matter is an easy job and to decrease organic matter, you need to increase the amount of nitrogen within the soil. Note: this depends on the type of organic material within the soil.
After of all that, you can now take a look at the nutrient levels of the soil. First, you should know the nitrate level? Typically, it should be on the range of 40-60 ppm (parts per million) at the start of the season. Let's say you’re in a bad luck and found your soil have nitrate level 40ppm. So to solve the problems, you look for organic fertilizers available on the market. At this point, the meaning of organic will get you confused.
If we talk about "Organic fertilizer" and "Organic Food", the meaning of organic in each of the term is totally different. It is the NOP (National Organic Program – a part of USDA) who regulates Certified Organic Food. They plants the standards on how food must be grown in order the food can use the "USDA Organic" label.
A compound (such as fertilizers), can be regarded as organic if it has one Hydrogen-Carbon molecule at least. Fertilizer manufacturer awares when general public notices "organic" label is on their packaging, the fertilizer should be allowed to use in Organic Garden operations.
The Organic Materials Research Institute (OMRI) is an organization that regulate whether an input is appropriate to use in the USDA Organic labeled food production. Anything used in the process of growing plants like, pesticides, insecticides, and fertilizers can be called an input. As a non-profit organization, OMRI exists to guarantee that certified inputs fulfill the NOP guidelines.
To find the best organic fertilizer is a hard task as there are too many options available out there. If you go to the OMRI website, you’ll see more than 400 nitrogen products in there. Buy a local product can also be challenging as many of the products are sold commercially by the ton.
The very same process also occurs whether you look for products of Potassium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Iron, Copper, Manganese or other trace minerals. Maybe you now start to understand that there is no single Best Organic fertilizer, but instead there are several nutrients you need to apply to your soil.
I now suggest you to look for quality information from people who specifically create fertilizer plans that based from a professional soil test. If there is an “expert" who tells you that " for the Best Organic Fertilize, you don't even need a soil test ", you’d better search for someone else.
So good luck on your gardening project, be happy and stay healthy!
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