How to Choose the Right Pellet Form Organic Fertilizer for Your Garden
Today, every time we turn on the radio or television we hear about global warming and how we need to save our environment. One way we can do our part around our home is in our garden. More people are growing food at home and use fertilizer to enhance the soil and produce healthy crops. However, the new buzz in the market is bio fertilizer or organic fertilizers. With so many fertilizers manufactures in the market today it is hard to know which organic fertilizer to use.
There are many different types of organic fertilizer to choose from. Today, manufactures make different organic fertilizer from fish emulsions, seaweed extracts, corn meal, bone meal, and kelp extracts. The different varieties of fertilizers come in powders, liquid, granular or pellet form.
The liquid organic fertilizer is mixed with water and applied at the base of the plant using a foliar sprayer. But, the powered fertilizer is used like tea when fertilizing your plants. However, the two forms of fertilizer have their advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, when you shop for fertilizers, different garden shops and plant growers have their own opinion of which brand is best.
The granular or pellet form of fertilizer is gaining popularity in the gardening circle and becoming the superior fertilizer of choice. The pellet form of fertilizer is cheaper to buy than the foliar liquid or powered teabag form. The pellets have a slow release capability to help keep your plants fertilized for a longer period of time. Therefore, the pellets slowly release a small amount of nutrients into the soil that gives your plants time to absorb and use all the nutrients during the growing season. This form of fertilizer helps to prevent leaching and soil erosion. Unfortunately, liquid-based fertilizers have a common side-effect that causes leaching.
Today, manufactures make pellet organic fertilizer from different sea products.
- Fish Emulsion: The fertilizer contains rich trace elements and growers highly value this brand.
- Seaweed Extract: The fertilizer is a powerhouse source of trace elements and nitrogen and has become a popular favorite with plant growers.
- Crab Shell: The fertilizer is rich in plant vitamins and mineral. Plant growers perform this fertilizer because it helps control pets in the garden because of its high chitin content.
Organic fertilizers come from different sources of poultry litter, rabbit litter, manure, bat guano, bone meals, corn meals, ground ancient bedrock which contains high level of magnesium and potash. Fertilizer made from bat guano contains 10 percent nitrogen, 2 percent phosphoric acid and has a high-protein level which is slowly released into the soil.
Homemade organic fertilizers are made from plant leaves, vegetables, fruits, and vegetable peelings and are great for your garden. Use a blender to add leaves from basil, carrots, radishes, and turnips into a blender. Throw in your peeling from onions, carrots, potatoes, and any rotten fruit or vegetable you may have at home. When making this fertilizer you can use the seeds from papayas, tomatoes, or cucumbers, but other large seeds need to be removed. Fill your blender half full of mixed plants and vegetable matter and fill the rest with water. Blend well and pour around the base of your plants. The green vegetable matter will add rich nutrients to your soil and act as a compost to control bugs in your garden.
When choosing your next fertilizer for your home garden, select an organic fertilizer to help control bugs, add nutrients to your soil, and is safe for the environment. Do your part at home to save the environment and have a bug free healthy garden.
About Ann Johnston
Ann enjoys writing, reading, gardening, fishing and the great outdoors. Her job has allowed her to travel and live in different countries. She enjoys studying and learning about different cultures.