Organic Fertilization

Organic Fertilization

I would like to clarify the difference between organic and non-organic fertilization. In the context of fertilization and organic gardening, ‘organic’ refers to something produced by nature itself, as opposed to being synthetically produced in a laboratory.

Organic Fertilizers:   When we refer to organic fertilizers, we are talking about fertilizers that use organic components. This means that they are not produced in a laboratory, but this requires further clarification. For example, when we buy blood meal, the blood is an organic component that comes from slaughtered animals. The animals are hung, and the blood is allowed to drain. This blood is then dried, processed, and sold as blood meal. However, it’s important to note that the animal blood came from an animal that may not have been fed organic food. Therefore, the blood may not be free of hormones or other chemicals used in the animal’s feeding. Most likely, the animal blood comes from large slaughterhouses that process thousands of animals. These slaughterhouses don’t have a tracking system for how the animals were fed. Further reading available in Garden the Organic Way

Bat Guano

A bat eating some fruit    

Another example of a product that is more likely to be organic is bat guano. This is the poop of bats collected from areas where they congregate, processed, and sold. Since we don’t feed bats with any special food, the food they eat is more likely to be natural and organic. Bats feed on mosquitoes, fruit, and other insects. Therefore, the waste is much more natural and organic than blood.

Each fertilizer must be individually evaluated and researched to determine if it is organic. It’s best to read the ingredients and conduct a little research to clearly understand what you are buying.

For more information about organic fertilizers and other considerations and warnings, you can purchase my book: ‘Garden the Organic Way   SALE! until January 10th, 2024 you learn more about soil fertilization via my course on soils: