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Which fertilizer is Better, Organic or Non-organic?

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

You are now probably asking which fertilizer suits your garden best.  Is it the organic or the non-organic?  We’ll answer your question by comparing inorganic and organic fertilizer.  By the end of this article, you’ll know.

We start with organic fertilizer.  This includes the animal manure, fruit peelings and vegetable scraps.  The advantage of these organic materials is that they encourage microbial activities so if worms will thrive on them, they will bury in the soil allowing aeration and loosened soil.  Second, leaching is very minimal.  Third, organic fertilizer makes the plants more susceptible to pests and diseases.  Also, organic fertilizer works better then chemical because it is environment friendly.  When a heavy rain pours, there will be no chemicals to be washed out and driven to rivers which may kill fishes.  It can also be cheap if available in the area.

On the other hand, its disadvantage is the release of nutrients depends on the temperature.  If it is cold, the nutrients may be slowly processed.  Also, the lesser the microbial activity is, the lesser chance for the soil to be loosened and aerated.  For organic materials like vegetable scraps, these may also attract dogs and other insects that may damage the plants.

Meanwhile, in comparing inorganic and organic fertilizer, chemical fertilizer has its own advantages and disadvantages.  For its advantages, it is available anywhere.  Second, the nutrients are already available unlike in organic.  You can also control the amount of nutrients to be applied in the plants as everything is already calculated.  It is also available in different forms like tablet, granules, liquid and more.  Most of all, in just about 14 days, you can already see the outcome if properly formulated.  Disadvantages include its chemical concentration which may be contaminated anytime.  It can also burn seedlings because of its chemical salts.  The rate of leaching is high and it doesn’t have the ability to improve the soil’s water and nutrients holding ability unlike the organic.

The list is still long but with the information presented, organic fertilizer works better then chemical.  Now you know.

What are the benefits of organic fertilizer?

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Moorganic fertilizerre and more people are now shifting from chemical to organic fertilizer.  While many inorganic are now sold in the market, farmers would now prefer the natural one mainly because of its benefits.

Soil Quality

Organic fertilizers improve the quality of soil.  If organic materials like food scraps and fruit peelings are to be used, these will improve microbial activities.  Worms and other soil creatures will thrive on these scraps, thus allowing aeration and a more loosened soil.  Further, organic fertilizer allows the soil to hold nutrients and water more.  It’s also because too much chemicals will decrease the fertility of the soil.

Chemical-free

Organic fertilizers are chemical free.  What normally happens with inorganic fertilizer is that there is chemical contamination affecting the soil and even the plant itself.  The chemical salt in that fertilizer may burn and eventually kill your plants.  Also, if harvesting comes, you are sure that the health of your family will not be risked.

Reduced Leaching

Leaching as we all know can destroy the garden.  If you are using inorganic fertilizer and once it is contaminated, leaching will be prevalent causing different problems.  With organic fertilizer, this can be prevented.

Balanced Nutrients

You can be sure that there is a balance with the nutrients released by the organic fertilizer.  Since nutrients are slowly released, this will be good for the plants.

Environment-friendly

Since everything is natural with organic fertilizer, this will be a great impact to the environment.  With chemical fertilizer, it can be washed down to rivers and seas if a heavy rain comes.  So when the chemical reaches the river, fishes may die and eventually pollute the water.  As also said, too much chemicals can damage the soil.

Cheaper

Organic fertilizer is available locally so it would not really cost much.  On the other hand, if you are in the city, you can also produce organic fertilizer by learning the vermicomposting.  This is very doable.

Now that you know, you are probably thinking of shifting from inorganic to organic as well.  If you do, then do it now.