Using Natural Fertilizers on the Homestead

Understanding How Organic Fertilizers Work

Using Natural Fertilizers on the Homestead
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes Photos and article by Kristi Cook – You only need a basic understanding of how natural fertilizers work and you’ll be prepared to make the best decision for your garden’s needs. Gardens are hungry creatures, demanding endless applications of fertilizer to keep vegetables, fruits, and flowers growing throughout the season. Unfortunately, many find their plot’s needs increase each passing year despite frequent feedings. While chemical — or synthetic — fertilizers can certainly meet a garden’s immediate needs, natural fertilizers do the same while also building the soil’s fertility — thus reducing the need for supplements over time. Why fertilize? Just like children, every plant needs specific nutrients to grow strong and healthy in order to lead a productive life. Iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and others are needed in low quantities and are often readily available in healthy soil. The most vital nutrients, nitrogen

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