Three Natural Products That Make Great Fertilizers

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If you are trying to grow your crops as organically and naturally as possible, then you will want to stay away from most conventional fertilizers and opt for all-natural options instead. There are pre-formulated organic fertilizers on the market, and these can be a good choice for some people. But another route is to apply only simple, limited-ingredient products. Here are three natural products that are nutrient-dense and will really help your plants thrive.

Mushroom Compost

Mushroom compost is a soil amendment made with composted mushrooms. The mushrooms are often obtained from the agricultural industry. Sometimes, the mushroom stems are used in the compost, whereas the caps are sold as a food product. Some brands of mushroom compost are made with straw or composted leaves for a more balanced nutrient profile. Mushroom compost is a good choice if your soil is a bit clay-like, as it will loosen up the soil and help it drain. It is high in carbon and contains some nitrogen, though not as much as more concentrated fertilizer products. Mushroom compost is also a great source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which makes for more nutritious vegetables.

Horse Manure

Many people use composted cow manure as an organic fertilizer for farming, but the smell can be off-putting. Horse manure is a similarly nutrient-dense choice with a less offensive odor. Once composted, it barely has any odor at all. Horse manure is a good source of nitrogen, so you can use a small amount to supplement your mushroom compost if desired. It also contains a lot of minerals, such as zinc and potassium, since horses tend to pass partially digested grains that are high in these nutrients. The bacteria present in composted horse manure can also be beneficial to plant growth as they help break soil down into usable components.

Pine Needles

While you may not want to work pine needles into your crop soil, they do make an excellent top dressing in more garden-like areas. You can scatter them in a 1-2 inch layer over your garden in the fall, much like a mulch. They will slowly break down, imparting nitrogen and potassium into the soil as they do so. Pine needles are also easy to obtain. If you know anyone with a pine tree, they will probably be happy to let you sweep up the messy needles and take them away for use on your garden. 

If you're interested in learning more about organic fertilizer for farming, contact companies like Nature Safe.

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