Toxic commercial fertilisers, with their toxic chemical ingredients, can frequently be replaced by easier and safer organic methods. You can eliminate the use of most commercial chemical fertilisers, weed killers and pesticides and still grow healthy and flourishing gardens.
Do a Soil Test
To determine the right sort of fertiliser for your garden, do a soil test. They’re available for purchase at nurseries and garden centres. A soil test also measures the levels of acidity and alkalinity in your soil, and tells you which nutrients are needed.
Don’t Use Too Much Fertiliser
Over-application of fertiliser is a mistake many home gardeners make. Too much product applied faster than the plant can absorb it wastes fertiliser and harms the plant.
Always apply fertiliser at the proper time in. For example, do not apply slow-release fertiliser late in the growing season. You don’t want to boost foliage growth with nitrogen-heavy fertilisers prior to the dormant season.
Proper fertilisation is another important key to successful vegetable gardening. The amount of fertiliser needed depends upon your soil and what you plan to grow.
Heavier clay soils can absorb three to four times the rate fertiliser application than thin sandy soil. Thin soils require lighter and more frequent applications.
If you decide to go the organic route, you have a number of choices when it comes to fertilisers. Depending on what you choose, organic products may have to be applied more often because they lack some added ingredients commercial/synthetic fertilisers contain to slow the nutrient release, these products may have to be applied more frequently. Some of the most popular are: