Organic Fertilizers and Soil Amendments
"to obtain the very best results we must replace simultaneously the organic and mineral portions of the soil" - Sir Albert Howard
Organic fertilizers help to nourish the microbial life within soil, improving soil structure, nutrient recycling, moisture retention, and invigorating the health and the productivity of your gardens over a extended period of time.
Organic soil amendment refers to any material that may be incorporated into soil, is derived from natural sources and guarantees a minimum percentage of nitrogen (N), phosphate (P), potassium or potash (K), calcium (Ca).
NITROGEN (N) is an essential nutrient for plant growth, development and reproduction. Nitrogen is a raw material for proteins and chlorophyll and stimulates vegetative growth. Nitrogen is generally applied in higher concentrations throughout the early stages of growth. Excessive amounts of nitrogen will promote vegetative growth at the expense of fruit or flower production. Sources of Nitrogen include; Blood Meal, Fish Meal, Feather Meal, and Cottonseed Meal for acid loving plants.
PHOSPHORUS (P) is an essential nutrient for root growth, bud and flower development and productivity of fruit and seed crops. Most fruiting and flowering plants require moderate to high levels of phosphorus for the proper development of seeds and fruits. Sources of phosphorus; include Soft Rock Phosphate, Bone Meal, Fish Bone Meal.
POTASSIUM (K) or Potash, is an essential nutrient for metabolizing carbohydrate and cellular growth in plants. Potassium helps to produce strong sturdy plants, aids in the movement of sugars from leaves to developing fruits and helps increase a plants resistance to environmental stresses. Sources of phosphorus include; Soluble Kelp Powder, Kelp Meal, Langbeinite and Sunflower Hull Ash.
CALCIUM (Ca) is an essential nutrient influencing cellular growth in plants. Calcium helps to provide stability and strength to cell walls thus improving the structure and growth of plants. Calcium also helps plants to metabolize other nutrients and has a major influence on fruit quality. Calcium is responsible for protecting plants against heat stress and helps in protecting plants against numerous fungal and bacteria problems. Sources of calcium include; Hi-Cal Lime (38% Ca), Aragonite or Oyster Shell Flour (33% Ca), Crab Meal (4-4-0 + 18% Ca), Soft Rock Phosphate (0-3-0 + 20% Ca).