Microbes and plants need nutrients. That's where organic fertilizers come in.
We can supply most of these nutrients through good mulches and well-made compost, but not only do we need the nutrients, we need them in specific amounts in relation to each other.
That’s why we use a small amount of specific organic fertilizers, to move towards these ratios. Organic matter generally can’t do it alone, so this is a vital step.
And then there are other broad-spectrum organic garden fertilizers, sometimes called biostimulants, that provide the crucial micronutrients that microbes and plants need.
In the long run, you’ll get higher yields by applying less organic fertilizers. You just need to apply the right ones, and that’s why a soil test is so crucial as one of the tools that helps you decide which fertilizers to apply.
In 2008, I started The Organic Gardener’s Pantry to sell organic gardening fertilizers. I moved in 2010, but my friend Christina still has the business going strong.
And one of the bonuses of getting these organic gardening products out into the world was that I was able to see how effective they could be since I had hundreds of clients using them.
Nowadays, I use a small number of mineral organic fertilizers that are mined naturally without the use of chemicals, and other fertilizers that come from plants and the sea (and no, I don't use miracle gro organic garden soil or fertilizers).
Here are all of my articles on organic fertilizers...