With concerns relating to organic fertilizers, the following may be of interest to our residents.
Vegetation relies on photosynthesis as part of its life cycle. That process involves light energy, water and carbon dioxide. Furthermore, this same process breaks down into sugars for that plant to absorb.
Organic fertilizers, such as fish emulsion and horse manure, are slow, weak, smell and are time released. Fresh horse manure can carry parasites. Some other types of organics are Japanese rapeseed cake patties or blood meal; both can attract ants. One heavy rusted nail placed in a potted plant container can provide iron needs for that plant, but rust will leach through the drainage holes thus staining stone or concrete.
Organic sounds Earth-friendly, granted. But it may not necessarily be the best choice for you, your garden, potted plants or for use by our city.
I use exclusively chemical fertilizers. The impact in powdered form when mixed with water is instant. When mixing directions are followed, it is safe to use. On potted plants or when fertilizing a small area the addition of “trace elements” such as “Superthrive Liquid” will give you that complete, healthy, successful garden and plants.
Organic fertilizers must be broken down chemically first to be absorbed as nutrients by plants or vegetation.