All gardens can benefit from fertilizer. Organic gardens are no exception. Below find my guide to making your own at home. This can be a bit on the costly side but you will find it well worth the money. If you can’t go this into your garden at first, don’t worry. This step is an important one but with a good compost, it can wait a season or two until the savings from organic gardening make it more reachable.
Making organic fertilizer at home is easy and best for your plants.
Find everything you will need to get started at local farm supply stores and, in most cases, online. This first thing you need to do is get a large container or garbage bin with a good lid. Start by adding 12 quarts of seed meal at the bottom. When buying seed meal, look for 6% protein and 1% nitrogen. If you have a hard time with those numbers you can always go up, just don’t go lower. Next add about three quarts each finely ground limestone, gypsum, and dolomitic lime. (Note: if cost is an issue or you simply can’t find all three, the use 12 quarts of the limestone instead of the other mix).
The next piece is to add colloidal soft rock phosphate.
This is the best option but I will not lie, it can be very hard to find. If you run into this or the cost puts it out of reach, you can substitute a bone meal or guano (you will need 1 quart of either). After adding, mix all together thoroughly. Now you need to add a quart of kelp meal or basalt dirt. This helps plants withstand weather better and protects them from diseases. Finally, you need 2tsp washing borax. stir once more and spread it on top of the soil using about 3 quarts per 100 square feet. After you spread it, you will then work the mixture into the soil about 6-12 inches deep.
Important things to remember.
Fertilizer goes on the soil after you pull the winter leaves off and after you have the compost is mixed in. Fertilizing is the last step before your seeds go in the ground (or pot). Save yourself some time by using a pre-mixed fertilizer if you have to, just be mindful of what it is made from. A recent study has shown that the better the nutrients in the ground, the better the nutrients in the plant.