Organic Nitrogen Fertilizer: Benefits, Types
And General Instructions For Use

Use an organic nitrogen fertilizerHome gardeners are getting more inclined to use organic fertilizers nowadays due to their environmentally friendly properties and the fact that they do not pose as a serious threat to their health. Since organic fertilizers have lower doses of nitrogen than the inorganic ones, there is a lesser risk of plant roots experiencing nitrogen burn. The chance of garden soil receiving an overdose of nutrients is also minimized when organic fertilizers are used. Aside from being good sources of organic nitrogen, they also contain other nutrients, enzymes, and hormones that are good for plant growth.

There are many different types and sources of organic fertilizer that are rich in nitrogen. Liquid fish emulsion is one such example of organic nitrogen fertilizer. It is often used for new plantings, seed trays, houseplants and basically most plants grown in containers. One of the reasons why gardeners use liquid fish emulsion is that it can be diluted, letting them control the doses. It has the ability to get easily dissolved in water and also easily absorbed by plants, especially small seedlings. Other than being a rich source of nitrogen, fish emulsion also contains iron, boron, and magnesium.

Another nitrogen-rich fertilizer is corn gluten seed meal, coming from the seed oil pressing industry of which it is a byproduct. This organic nitrogen fertilizer is inexpensive and easily obtained from farm supply stores where they are more often sold as animal feed instead as fertilizer. Seed meal is known to improve soil structure and drainage. It is usually applied to the soil before the plants are placed in. When going this route, be sure that the seed meal is certified organic. This means that the seeds are from plants raised organically, have not been sprayed with chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and are not genetically modified.

Formerly tossed in the trash bin, coffee grounds are now recognized as a cheap yet effective organic nitrogen fertilizer. Coffee grounds are very inexpensive especially if your household brews coffee on a daily basis. These can also be acquired for free from local coffee shops who would otherwise have these thrown in landfills. Aside from being a rich source of nitrogen, coffee grounds help in balancing the soil’s pH levels. They can also be mixed in with leaves when making compost to accelerate the process.

Free seasonal remindersCompost made from manure of farm animals and bat guano or droppings are also popular as organic fertilizers. This type of organic nitrogen fertilizer features a slow release of nitrogen, thus helping plants in their various stages of growth without causing overdose of nutrients. Composted manure also has other benefits such as being a natural weed killer and providing insulation to plant roots from sudden changes in moisture and temperature. While manure is usually utilized as top dressing fertilizer, its nutrients are able to reach down to the roots when earthworms and microorganisms break down the compost.

Other examples of nitrogen-rich organic fertilizers are soybean meal, cocoa shell mulch, crab meal, feather meal, and earthworm castings. In general, organic fertilizer contains fewer nutrients per volume. Thus, when using organic nitrogen fertilizer expect to use more than you would be applying when using inorganic ones.

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