Many people who want to adopt the practices of organic farming and gardening find it difficult because of the unavailability of organic fertilizers. Products that are used as organic fertilizers are not usually available with that labeling. To make sure that you stick to organic gardening, we are providing you with a list of organic fertilizers that can be easily available in the market or can be made at home.
Epsom salt can be found easily on the shelves of your neighborhood supply store. This organic fertilizer, chemically known as hydrated magnesium sulfate, is considered good for plant’s growth and health due to its two ingredients i.e. magnesium and sulfur.
Photosynthesis is an integral process through which plants produces nutrients essential for their growth. Magnesium plays a key role during this process by speeding up different enzymatic processes to facilitate nutrient production. Magnesium also helps plant seeds to germinate. Good germination means seeds will grow into plants at a faster pace.
Sulfur, on the other hand, aids different chemical processes that ensure optimal health of plants. It helps in amino acid production in plants, which are the building blocks of life. Sulfur also assists in the development of roots and formation of chlorophyll.
General directions for use
A tablespoon of Epsom salt in one gallon of water can be a good organic fertilizer for your garden. You can feed your garden plants with this fertilizer fortnightly for better and healthier growth. Epsom salt is an inexpensive and organic way to enrich your garden soil with magnesium and sulfur.
Apple cider vinegar and white vinegar both are used for organic gardening. White vinegar is usually used to kill the growth of unwanted plants, while apple vinegar is used for contrasting purposes. Due to its acidic tendencies, it can be used to fertilize plants that grow rapidly in acidic environments.
If your garden hosts flowers such as gardenias, rhododendrons and azaleas, apple cider vinegar can be the best option as an organic fertilizer.
General directions for use
Get 5% acidic apple cider vinegar and mix each ounce of it with one gallon of water. Water is used to further dilute the acidity of the vinegar so it can’t produce adversely affect the plant. Pour this mixture into the soil around the roots of plants to lower its pH and get a flourishing crop.
Making compost is one of the best practices of organic gardening. Composting is a process in which decomposed organic material is recycled into nutrient-rich soil. Compost can be made in your garden or backyard without using any commercial product. To make this natural fertilizer, you will need a small container filled with:
- Dried and dead leaves, stems and straws
- Grass clippings and other fresh and green plant matter
- Bird manure
Add some water into the mix and allow the air to sustain the growth of bacteria which speeds up the process of decomposition. On average, it takes 4-5 weeks to turn this organic waste into an organic fertilizer.