How safe is the fertilizer you’re using in your vegetable garden? Do you need to worry about your children coming into contact with harmful chemicals when picking flowers? Are you concerned about your impact on the environment when you spray your lawn with chemical weed killers and growth formulas? If you want to encourage healthy growth throughout the gardens and landscaping in your yard without adding to the use of pesticides and environmental contamination, organic fertilizer is a great option.
Preparing fertilizer that is suited to the various needs of the grass, vegetables, flowers, shrubs, and trees around your property can be simple and straightforward. A simple internet search can give you specifics about the nutrient requirements of each garden. You could make a small investment in a soil testing kit to learn more about nutrient depletion and the specific needs of your soil. With this information, you can prepare fertilizers specific to each area of the yard.
If you don’t want to go to this effort, check out the options at your local garden centers, department stores, and home improvement stores. In many of these places, you’ll find a section devoted to organic fertilizer. Look at the package for a series of three numbers. These indicate nitrogen-phosphate-potassium levels in percentages. For example, 12-4-8 is an all-purpose fertilizer with 12 percent nitrogen, 4 percent phosphate, and 8 percent potassium. Other ingredients, such as magnesium and calcium, are often listed near that series of numbers.
Creating your own compost is a great way to carry nutrients and your fertilizer safely to the soil and your plants. The compost you make from eggshells, fruit and vegetable peels, and similar leftover items from your kitchen is generally very nutritious for your garden.
You can feel comfortable knowing that your yard is free from harmful chemicals and satisfied that you are doing your part to keep the environment healthy. What other reasons do you have for switching to organic fertilizer?