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what fertilizer?

Posted by on May. 24, 2010 at 9:20 PM
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I started a vegetable garden this year, my plants are just not growing, I water everyday. Do I need to fertilize? What do I use? I would prefer to use organic fertilizer.

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by Garden Owner on May. 24, 2010 at 9:26 PM
Organic Fertilizer Recipe

 


While most of us won't stop at anything to get the best fertilizers for our garden, often we are harried over the concerns that tag along the market borne chemical laden fertilizers. Hassled by this growing concern, today most gardeners are switching on to organic alternatives for their greens. Though there are a number of commercial organic fertilizers that stock the market shelves, nothing can beat the pleasure of making one's own organic fertilizer. A little savoir faire combined with kitchen wastes or other potent ingredients can help you have your own homemade organic fertilizer that has equally rich benefits, but at a much lower costs. However, before you get down with mixing your organic blend, it is important for you to understand how this organic fertilizer recipe works. Since organic fertilizers release their nutrients as they break down, they provide a constant source of food for your plants. Get going with your own organic fertilizer with these simple homemade recipes. Read on for more.
 
Homemade Organic Fertilizer Recipes

Recipe 1

Ingredients
  • Seed Meal
  • Agricultural Lime
  • Dolomitic Lime
  • Gypsum
Method
  • Mix seed meal, agricultural lime, dolomitic lime and gypsum in a ratio of 8:1:1:1 and apply it to the soil.
  • Using a hand rake, scatter the fertilizer a little away from the stem. Do not use the fertilizer close to the stem.
Recipe 2:
 
Ingredients
  • Bone Meal
  • Fish Meal
  • Kelp Meal
Method
  • Take all the ingredients, bone meal, fish meal and kelp meal, and mix them in the ratio 3:2:1.
  • Since these ingredients are dry, it is best to mix them outdoors as they tend to disperse, while mixing.
  • Take about one-fourth of the fertilizer and mix it with the soil around the plant.
  • Do not use the fertilizer anywhere close to the stem of the plant.
Recipe 3:
 
Ingredients
  • Feather Meal
  • Fish Meal
  • Alfalfa Meal
  • Cottonseed Meal
  • Bone Meal
  • Kelp Meal
Method
  • Take all the ingredients, feather meal, fish meal, alfalfa meal, cottonseed meal, bone meal and kelp meal and mix them in a proportion of 1:2:1:1:2:2.
  • Using a hand rake, scatter it all across the plants.
  • This fertilizer is best for treating vegetable gardens.
Recipe 4
 
Ingredients
  • 3 parts Seed Meal
  • 1 part Blood Meal
  • 1 part Dolomite/Calcite Lime Mixture
  • ½ part Bone Meal
  • ½ part Kelp Meal
Method
  • Mix all these ingredients and apply it to soil, keeping away from the stems.
  • You can add a third part of diatomaceous earth to keep pests away from your plants.
Recipe 5
 
Ingredients
  • Powdered Limestone
  • Seed Meal & Alfalfa Meal, equally combined
  • Rock Phosphate
  • Greensand & Kelp, equally combined
Method
  • Mix one part each of powdered limestone, rock phosphate and greensand & kelp mixture.
  • Add to that four parts of seed meal & alfalfa meal mixture. Mix all ingredients together.
  • Store the mixture and the base ingredients in secure containers.
Recipe 6
 
Ingredients
  • Three shovels Compost Humus
  • Three shovels Composted Manure, cow, horse, or sheep
  • Water
Method
  • Place compost in gunny or another leaching bag and tie the bag to a rake or broom.
  • Put it into a barrel or garbage can filled with water and allow it to remain so for a week, till the water turns nice brown in color.
  • Apply at the roots of tea plants once a month for best results.

 

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