mom. Organic Gardening. April 08th , 2018.
In a sense, organic gardening is a way to grow healthy vegetables and herbs in your own backyard garden. If you opt to implement chemical-based fertilizers for your garden, you pose yourself to the danger of carcinogens and other toxic materials as you consume your garden produce. The chemical products you give to your garden also can be dangerous to your family as well as the ecosystem. The chemical can also contaminate the supply of ground water below. As we become more aware at the risks of conventional gardening method, that causes the rapid growth to the demand of organic pesticides and fertilizers. The result is the wide options of organic fertilizer and pesticide products you can find on the market that can be used in your Organic Herb gardening activities.
There are two options of organic fertilizers; the first is base fertilizers and the second is top-off fertilizers. Base fertilizers are additive substances mixed into the soil only one time in every season or every few years. On the other side, there are top-off fertilizers that used regularly throughout the growing season. Both types are important in growing plentiful, healthy and tasty herbs.
Base fertilizers deal with the general condition of the soil. Does the soil contains sufficient amount of important nutrients like phosphorous, nitrogen and potassium? Perhaps the most paramount nutrient to grow healthy herb plants is Nitrogen, which conveniently is the easiest element can be obtained. Yo can get it from grass clippings and household kitchen scraps. In organic sense, composting is a safe and simple method to fertilize the herb plants naturally. A little bit of compost blended in with the soil will activate the earth bacteria and assist the plant seeds to develop into strong adult plants.
A good gardener often got put into a difficult situation when he want to give his plants fertilizers, as most of the fertilizers on the market are chemical-based products. However there’s a good news: there’s a great alternative to the chemical-based products which can be grown at your home - comfrey. Comfrey is a herb plant which has big leaves. The plant is from Europe and can grow productively in the garden, including yours. In fact, you can harvest the leaves up to five times in one year. The root of the plant hold several nutrients important for the healthy grow of the plant, such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. When it is used as mulch in your Organic Herb gardening project, it serves appropriate fertilizer. Also, you can add some comfrey leaves to your compost heap to speed up the breaking down process of organic matter, so that it’s possible for you to get large quantities of compost within short period.
Another good candidate of natural fertilizer is blood and bone. Just sprinkle it on your herbs one time in a week and the fertilizer will get absorbed into your garden soil when the rain comes down. Another top choice fertilizers can be sprayed on your Organic Herb garden is fish emulsion. It’s made from fish and has plenty of nitrogen that good for your herbs. You can also mix it into the water for watering your herb plants.
Natural fertilizers has a characteristic to slowly release its nutrients, thus are great choice for eco-friendly Organic Herb gardening because they don’t harm the roots and let the plants growing steadily through several harvests.
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