Use an organic or compost fertilizer for growing plants. It’s no secret that chemicals in commercial fertilizers cause major damage to the environment. Most importantly, the chemicals absorb nutrients. Soils and crops are often stripped of those important minerals during the application of commercial fertilizers.
Research indicates that there’s very little magnesium remaining in depleted soils from years of use. Fortunately, there’s still time to put those valuable minerals back into the soil. A slow-release, high-quality organic fertilizer for plants is now available at reasonable prices. The slow-release variety is recommended for gardens with slow-release mixes.
An organic fertilizer for plants can also benefit plants by supplying nitrogen and potassium. Nitrogen and potassium are essential for healthy plant growth. Both are released from manure by aerobic bacteria and used by plants for protein and fuel. Plants absorb the nitrogen and send it to the roots where it helps them grow.
To make this organic fertilizer for plants, a slow-release blend of bentonite and magnesium should be mixed into a batch of soil. Bentonite is an alternative to store-bought fertilizers. It’s slow-release, so it releases slowly over time instead of all at once when mixed with other fertilizers. Magnesium should be added in a slow-release blend that’s specially formulated for slow release action. That’s what we recommend.
Other organic bone meal fertilizers are available. Mix a slow-release blend of phosphate, bentonite and sand and apply it to a bed of well-rotted garden soil. You can also mix bentonite and gypsum. Just stir the mixture until a paste forms, then spread it evenly over the bed of soil and lightly cover with more organic bone meal fertilizer.
This was sent to us as a free sample of organic bone meal fertilizer. We found it had good soil retaining qualities and it did increase the nitrogen level in the garden. The supplier didn’t provide any customer reviews for their product, so we were unaware of its performance in terms of phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen. Based on other customer reviews we’ve read, however, this combination is quite effective at increasing the quality of the garden soil, increasing plant root growth and providing a healthy foundation for the garden.
A third product provides a potassium supplement. It’s made from magnesium, sulfur and potassium and is available in tablet, powder or liquid form. The manufacturer recommends mixing it with a cup of slow-release fertilizer. Based on customer reviews, the nutrient mix provided to us did increase the potassium in the plants’ leaves and stems. The sulfur will help control weeds and reduce the incidence of nematodes, which eat roots. The slow release method, which can be left overnight, is said to be easy on the stomach and not very digestible by most consumers.
One company we looked at sent us a granular type of nutrients. In addition to providing plant nutrients, these granules are a good source of trace minerals, such as manganese and potassium, plus iron, calcium, magnesium, cobalt, thiamin, niacin and riboflavin. They do not contain nitrates and nitrites that some other fertilizers do, but they do add potassium and phosphorus. The soil texture was somewhat textured and we weren’t able to see any evidence of a heavy residue in the soil when we tested it.
Another method recommended by the company sent us a powder with three parts household ammonia to five parts sand. When mixed, the granular mix added nearly two pounds of potassium to the plants’ soil. The slow release method produced half as much as the granular product. We actually mixed the products together, and the household ammonia helped to speed the release of the nutrients. So, while the granules aren’t as effective, we found that they mixed well with the soils we already had in our gardens. We also tried mixing the powder with a teaspoon of baking soda, but this was a less productive mix.
In conclusion, we recommend this organic fertilizer for plants because it seems to improve the quality of the soil more quickly than some other products. It is available in bulk and costs less than many commercially available fertilizers. It seems to have higher vitamin and mineral content than some of the commercial fertilizers on the market. The biggest benefit of all is that it is a fairly natural, no-chemical-mix solution that seems to work well.
If you grow plants for any reason, adding the right amount of the right nutrients is important. Potassium and phosphorus are particularly important to plant growth and development. Without these crucial minerals, plants will lack the energy they need to grow and bloom. So make sure to give your plants high quality nutrients, starting with this organic fertilizer for plants.