Organic Food and Beverages
Buy Organics: Where and How?
Use Organic Garden Fertilizer
Growing Organic Food
Organic garden fertilizer provides a good environment for your home vegetable garden. Dry or liquid organic fertilizer supplies nutrients that are needed for growing organic food.
Making and using organic garden fertilizer is often one of the key steps in establishing an organic home vegetable garden. After all, your food can't be truly organic if its growth is aided by mass-produced chemical fertilizers. When you use organic fertilizers, your food doesn't absorb unnatural compounds from the soil.
You can recycle organic material to create a compost heap. However, you will most likely find that compost on its own is not enough to encourage the growth you want; rather than fertilizing the soil, it makes nutrients currently in the soil easier to absorb for the plants growing there.
Ingredients that work best as organic fertilizers will typically either be from mineral sources or from by-products of plants and animals. This includes both ground animal bones and blood (in solid, meal form), as well as certain animal excrements. Most manure is similar to compost in that it has low nutrient levels but bat guano, for example, contains high nitrogen levels and a little phosphorous.
Bear in mind that one particular natural fertilizer substance does not provide the sufficient nutrients you need for an entire garden. You need to mix and match ingredients to create a fertilizer that contains the balanced array of nutrients necessary to ensure good growth. The most important nutrients to balance are phosphorous, nitrogen and potassium.
Liquid Organic Fertilizer
Many organic fertilizers are solid materials: typically plant or animal meals or pellets. However, some forms of organic fertilizer, such as kelp or seaweed, are available in liquid form. Comfrey, manure and urine are also common ingredients in liquid fertilizers. These ingredients need to be mixed with water and given time to ferment before use.
Growing Organic Food
As mentioned above, growing organic food requires an understanding of nutrients and how they affect plant growth. Lets take a quick look at the role each of the three major nutrients play in growing organic food:
Maintaining a Home Vegetable Garden
Here are a few more tips to make sure your organic home vegetable garden is a success:
You can buy or make your own organic fertilizer. When first starting out with growing your organic garden, I recommend buying your fertilizer from a local organic garden supplier.
Once you become more familiar with the ingredients needed to make a good fertilizer for your soil and for your plants, then you can experiment with making your own.
A well recognized organic recipe for fertilizer can be found at Mother Earth News: the basic ingredients include seed meal, kelp meal, bone meal, and lime.
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Natural Soil Aeration
Soil with a good population of worms in it is a healthy soil. If your existing soil has plenty of worms then you just need to keep them happy while your vegetables grow.
Worms in your soil keep it aerated and maintain a functioning drainage system. Worms are, in effect, tilling your soil.
Worms do not destroy the soil structure or pollute the environment with petrol fumes and residues (as heavy machinery do).
By creating space with their burrowing, worms allow air to circulate, water to drain, and roots to grow.
More on Worms: What do Worms Eat?
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