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IN THE DIRT with DOUG - ORGANIC vs. NON-ORGANIC FERTILIZERS

Over the recent years organic gardening has become more popular with homeowners.  With this trend come more organic gardening products available to the homeowner and gardener and more confusion.  Let’s first get an understanding of what is an organic fertilizer and what is a synthetic, non-organic fertilizer. 
Synthetic fertilizers are “man made” inorganic compounds.  Miracle-Gro, Jack’s Classic, and basic 10-10-10 are just a few examples of synthetic fertilizers.  Most of our lawn fertilizers are non-organic, synthetic type of fertilizer.  Synthetic fertilizers are water soluable and can be taken up by the plant almost immediately.  Synthetic fertilizers are short lived and needs to be reapplied regularly to keep the results from fading.
                Organic fertilizers have their own important advantages.  Miloganite, the entire line of Espoma products, and different animal manures are just a few examples of organic fertilizers.  Organic fertilizers are different in that they provide benefits to plants and soil.  Organic fertilizers stimulate beneficial soil microorganisms and improve the structure of the soil.  Organic fertilizers provide all the secondary and micro-nutrients plants need and they typically have a lower NPK (nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium) analysis but feed plants for a much longer period of time.
                In summary, synthetic fertilizers give plants exactly what it needs, right now, for less money.  Organic fertilizers are better for the long-term health of your garden, and introduce important elements to the soil that synthetics do not.
                I admit that I use both organic and synthetic fertilizers on my plants.  To me, there is a need for both.  However, I tend to use more organic fertilizers.  Organic fertilizers can take weeks or months to see a noticeable improvement whereas synthetic fertilizers are more instant.  I like the idea of working with the soil over time and improve the health of the garden in ways that synthetics never will.  As organic fertilizers break down, they improve the overall soil structure of your bed and will increase the soil’s ability to hold moisture and nutrients on its own.  In contrast, synthetic fertilizers do almost nothing to improve overall soil fertility.
                So, in short, organic fertilizers are better for the long-term health of your garden, and introduces important elements to the soil that synthetics do not.
 
                                                                                                HAPPY GARDENING!!
Posted: 7/13/2016 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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