Organic fertilizer?

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Old 03-05-13, 08:05 AM
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Last summer I started my own vegetable garden, with no more than just soil, water and the good ol' sun. My veggies grew surprisingly well, but I would like to add some fertilizer to it this summer to see how it fares.

I already have some compost that I'll be using, but I'd like to use some organic fertilizer too. I checked out this stuff ******* but before I buy any I want to make sure there are no better alternatives.

Any advice for organic fertilizer?
 

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Chicken manure. If you get fresh be sure to lay it out on the ground a month or so before planting and rototill it into the soil several inches deep just before planting.
 
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Slight issue with that. I've used a raised bed for the garden, as underneath it's very thick clay. I tried rototilling my yard last summer to put down new sod and it was basically impossible.

I guess I could still try mixing some chicken manure into the soil bed itself. There are a handful of organic chicken farms in my area and I'm sure they'd be happy to give me some manure :-D

I never heard of using that before!
 
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If you have clay, that's all the more reason to rototil organic material and maybe even a little sand into it.
 
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Slightly off topic, but would it be a good idea to simply sprinkle sand on my lawn?

When it pours rain, the water simply collects on top of the clay and turns into mush. When it's very dry, it cracks open.
 
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Need to till it in, sprinkling on top won't accomplish anything.
 
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I DO have grass that's growing (quite well actually) on top of the clay though. I don't want to tear all of that up.
 
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Then I would core aerate every fall and rake a compost and sand mixture over the lawn afterward.
 
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Not sure what link you had but I grow a 100% organic garden. The best products are fish emulsions. They are not all equal. Some are cold pressed and some are cooked. You want the cold press stuff.

Here is an example and for reference only of the cold pressed stuff. There are many brands. You can find in local garden shops. Put in a sprayer that attaches to the hose. I spray my garden bi weekly.

Amazon.com: Neptune's Harvest HF191 Organic Hydrolized Fish Fertlizer, 142-Ounce: Patio, Lawn & Garden


Additionally chicken manure products are not really organic IMO. Chickens are fed antibiotics and hormones, and GMO feed. Thats whats going in your garden. I have my own chickens and are free ranged so I use that.

But when I did not have chickens I used a true organic product. There are a few out there but you need to read the ingredients... Again here is an example for reference only of a product I use and like... There are others out there but you need to read the ingredients.

Products | Doctor Earth


Additionally I only use organic non GMO seeds. Again there are many places to find them, but this is just an example. For reference only. I have had great success...

High Mowing Organic Seeds - 100% Organic, Non-GMO Seeds

With that said I am a bit anal about being 100% organic so your thoughts may vary....



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