The Best Organic Fertilizers For Vegetable Gardens

  • You can build richer garden soil by using the right types and amounts of organic fertilizers. Avoid high fertilizer costs and build better garden soil using organic fertilizers found around your home or apartment. veggiegardener.com shares some of the best organic fertilizers for a vegetable garden.

    As vegetable gardeners, we are always faced with a myriad of questions. There are so many different choices in vegetable varieties, tool options, and much, much more. One of the most common questions many gardeners ask is, “What fertilizers should I use?”. This is a great question because there are so many fertilizer options with many different applications, it can easily send a gardener into a whirlwind of confusion and doubt.

    If you are interested in growing organically, which I hope you are, then you should use organic fertilizers. Organic simply means it is related to, or derived from, living organisms and is not manufactured through chemicals. Organic fertilizers provide the best nutrients and minerals for a healthy garden because they are naturally occurring. Man may attempt to replicate what nature provides with chemical “super fertilizers”, but it pales in comparison to the raw power of using what nature already gives us.

    So, what are the best organic fertilizers we can use for vegetables? Here are my favorite choices (in no particular order):

    Compost

    Compost is by far the most widely used fertilizer and soil amendment in vegetable gardens today; and rightfully so! Compost is easily made from all types of things from around the home, but mostly from yard refuge and most vegetable peelings from the kitchen. It is generally worked into the soil before planting and added as a side dressing after the plants have become established. Compost adds beneficial microorganisms, greatly improves soil health, and increases earthworm activity in your soil.

    Compost Teas

    Compost teas are made from steeping compost. The liquid left from the steeping process is strained and then used to water plants. Compost tea can offer your vegetable plants a super-charged drink of essential nutrients and minerals.

    Herbivore Manures

    Manures from animals such as grass fed cows, horses, rabbits and chickens make great fertilizers. Never use manures from animals such as dogs or cats, or manures from humans (eeww). Typically, manures are mixed with hay, straws, or alfalfa and set out to compost before using. You should always let manures compost for a minimum of nine months before applying it to the vegetable garden. Using fresh manures can burn plants and cause quite a stink.

    Fish and Seaweed Emulsions

     

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