Let’s Talk Fertilizers and Eco Friendly Gardening
If you have a garden or plan on having one, the type of fertilizer you are using is of utmost importance for an eco friendly gardening experience. There are so many fertilizers to choose from and so many of them are toxic and horrible not only for our health, our environment and our pets but for our bees! SAVE THE BEES!! Please don’t use synthetic fertilizers! Here’s why…Repeated use may result in the build up of toxic chemicals such as arsenic uranium. You don’t want this stuff in your food if you’re growing fruits and vegetables.
- If you over use these products not only do you run the risk of killing your plants but ruining our eco system.
- They are mostly made from fossil fuels and other nonrenewable sources.
- They mess up the delicate microbial ecosystem in the soil by changing the soils PH balance.
- Chemical Fertilizers will eventually seap or leach away from your plants so that more product is needed to get the same desired affect.
- They deplete soil of essential micro and macro nutrients.
- These chemicals don’t just affect the soil your plants are going on but they affect the very fiber of your plants and flowers. Thus affecting our bee populations.
- These chemicals also leach into our water supply which can negatively affect the delicate balance of our eco system.
- Fruits and vegetables of synthetic fertilizers are less nutritious then organically grown produce.
- There is a strong link to cancer from the use of herbicides and pesticides.
There are many benefits to using organic fertilizers instead of the alternative.
For instance as they break down, they add micro nutrients to the soil and increases its ability to hold water. Also because they are slow releasing they make it difficult to over fertilize your plants. Use these sources for organic fertilizer and they don’t have to be expensive. For example…
1. Compost at home! Use your own kitchen scraps to create your own compost bin.
2. Use Fish Emulsion or Fish Hydrolysate Fertilizer it’s safe to use around pets and kids.
3. Google Search Free Compost in your area.
4. Use foliage from your own garden to create your own compost pile.
The benefits of Eco Friendly Gardening are plentiful…
1. They eliminate environmental pollution.
2. Because compost provides a healthy environment for your plants they also keep weeds, insects and disease at bay.
3. It’s easier for your plants to absorb the nutrients from organic compost because the concentration of microorganisms is so high.
4. You can easily create it in your own garden compost pile.
Interested in learning more on this subject! Drop me a line if you’d like to learn how to create your own compost at home in your kitchen or in your garden!