Every gardener wants to grow big, beautiful plants. Using organic gardening techniques and principles can be difficult, so here’s a listing of 4 important organic garden supplies.
Your plants and vegetables need fertilizers that contain vital nutrients like nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. Instead of buying commercial fertilizers, think about using organic fertilizers. Use of organic fertilizers can fully replace the need for traditional fertilizers and completely fertilize your soil.
Organic fertilizers can be roughly divided into animal products and plant products. The animal products include blood meal, fish meal, chicken litter and other animal manures. Plant based organic fertilizer include compost, humic acid products and seaweed products.
Every garden and every farmer has dealt with insects and other crawling pests. The organic farmer avoids spraying with chemicals at the first sign of problems and instead uses organic pesticides. Believe it or not, household detergents make a very good organic pesticide. Biopesticides are generally considered organic pesticides. There are a number of commercial preparations that contain the bacteria Bacillus thuringenesis. These products work very well on caterpillars. Be sure to use these products when you first notice the small worms, not when they have matured.
Ok, I know I already mentioned compost, but it is unique among organic fertilizers because most people can make it themselves. Compost is great because you’re taking home waste products and converting them into a usable fertilizer. Talk about sustainability, compost is as sustainable as it gets.
The final important garden supply is biofertilizers. Biofertilizers help plants get the most nutrients out of the soil. Not only do the beneficial microbes help with nutrients, they also produce growth hormones that improve the size and quality of crops.
Bill Baugh is a product manager for Custom Biologicals, Inc. a manufacturer and distributor of innovative microbial products. You can visit their website at Living-Soils.com and he can be contacted at 561.797.3008 or Bill@Custombio.biz.