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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.