When it comes to choosing an organic fertilizer, you have hundreds of options. It's quite overwhelming.

I've put together some information on the 2 most important fertilizers for your organic garden. These are great organic lawn fertilizer products, too.

The fertilizers are actually more accurately called "biostimulants" because to be technically called a fertilizer, a product needs to have a lot of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium - much more than we even want to apply, and much more than can be obtained from most natural sources.

We're mostly more interested in broad-spectrum, natural organic fertilizers with dozens of nutrients as well as other benefits, and that's where biostimulants come in.

Sea Minerals Organic Fertilizer

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Hey guys! It’s Phil from SmilingGardener.com and I’m finally back at the garden here, talking about sea fertilizer today. It was a bit of an anxious year because I broke new ground and put in a new vegetable garden this year. And I basically, I planted a bunch of stuff mostly in June and seeded a bunch of stuff and I left for ended up being about five weeks and it’s at my parents’ house.

So my parents were here to water it for the most part but they weren’t here all the time and you know when you put in a garden, a vegetable garden you wanna be here every day. There’s all kinds of things you wanna do every day so I was a little nervous about how it was gonna turn out. It turned out actually, turned out, worked out really well especially for a first year on new soil.

The soil is not all that great yet and you know I’m working on it with things like sea fertilizer, but I guess you can see part of it behind me here, there’s some green and herbs. I really like to plant things all together really biodiverse not straight rows. So I have, you know, I have 30 plants behind me right here. That’s mostly greens and herbs, so that turned out great. And I also show you more about that for the coming weeks and months.

Today, what I want to talk about was, oh! If you haven’t picked up the 50 Vital Organic Gardening Lessons for Becoming a Better Organic Gardener, you can do that at SmilingGardener.com, right on the main page. I’m sure you had heard me talked about that before.

And today what I want to talk about is, one of the first things I did when I came back is I put together a concoction and I sprayed my plants. And if you guys have been watching me for awhile, you’ll know that I like to do a lot of foliar feeding and spraying directly on to the plants. And today, I wanna talk about one of the ingredients that I like to use.

And the reason I started thinking about this was last night my dad was asking me about the health benefits and environmental implications of eating fish and things like that because my wife is a holistic nutritionist. And she and I work together teaching people about health and things like that. And he was asking about fish and he was asking about trout and I started thinking about the research by Dr. Maynard Murray.

He was an ear, nose and throat doctor who did a lot of research in the ocean because he was dejected! All the people who were coming to him with all kinds of diseases and diabetes and arthritis and things like that, and eventually his research took him to the ocean where he found that ocean trout live quite a long time.

They didn’t get any cancer, they got pretty big where as lake trout were smaller. They on average they were getting cancer after I think it was 5 and a half years is what its averaged out to be. I think it was lung (liver) cancer so eventually his research led him to believe that all of the, the fact that all of our minerals eventually make their way into our oceans. It’s a very mineral rich place, it’s the reason why the life in the ocean is so much healthier than the life on land. So he started getting the navy to bring in railroad cars of ocean water.

He bought a farm. And he was doing experiments on his farm watering and he just noticed huge improvement in the health of his plants. You know bigger yield, much less pest infestations, healthier plants all around, that tasted better and stored longer and things like that.

So I got really excited about sea fertilizer and I think what I am going to do today is post on my blog on how you can go about using ocean water or you can purchase a product to use it. And if I post it on my blog that way I can show you how like the amount to use and how to dilute it and things like that. So, if you’re not already watching it here, if you’re on YouTube or something you can go, I’ll put a link below to this blog post.

See, you can use ocean water but he eventually started using more concentrated forms and what’s going on today is products like this that don’t look all that nice. It’s just ocean water but it’s very concentrated ocean water, its very pristine and this one is called Sea-Crop, it’s the brand name, and I think It’s one of the best, it’s the one that I always used.

I’m sure there are a lot of other ones out there that are good too; and really what it is, it’s ocean water, so it’s you know, over 80 minerals from the ocean.

The way they make this one is there’s other organic living substances in there too. You know just bioactive substances, and really really super amazing to use in the garden. On the blog I’ll show you how.

The research the he did, if you wanna learn more about the research and just so much proof out there about how this works, you could read his book “Sea Energy Agriculture”, where he covers a lot of the research, one that always sticks in my mind about this product, the Sea-Crop is it was use in an independent trial on tomatoes and they got 89% more tomatoes on their plants and 44% bigger tomatoes. So just a lot more yield and not just yield, you know it’s also about improved health and taste and storage and all that kinds of stuff.

So, yeah I post on the blog more about this and I also talked this there are some questions people often have about, you know, some of them they are a little bit concerned about using what is a, maybe salty product on their gardens. So, I’ll address it there. I just don’t want this video to become too long.

So I’ll put a link below to that. You could also when you’re there, you can pick up the 15 Vital Lessons for Becoming a Better Organic Gardener - just some lessons that I learned earlier on when I was studying this stuff that I thought were really cool. So I put them all together for you for free.

And I will be showing lots more videos about this garden over the next little while, I just--I’m excited to get in here we’re eating from it every day all kinds of good stuff. So, that’s all for now and I’ll see you next week.

I've written about sea mineral fertilizer before. I feel quite strongly that it's the most important micronutrient fertilizer for your organic garden. It's an amazing liquid organic fertilizer for vegetables.

If I could use only one fertilizer, sea fertilizer would be it.

You could get it directly from the ocean if you lived nearby an unpolluted part of the sea, but it's easier to buy an inexpensive, very concentrated product.

It's not too salty when mixed with water and it's not too polluted if it's taken from less-polluted parts of the ocean.

It contains over 80 ocean minerals and organic substances from sea water. Many gallons of ocean water are used to make a gallon of sea fertilizer.

Update: 2 1/2 years after I wrote this article, I decided to start selling sea minerals, so you can now learn a lot more about it here.

Kelp Organic Fertilizer

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Hi! It’s Phil from SmilingGardener.com and today I’m talking about Kelp and specifically liquid kelp is what I use more often and any kelp will do and they comes from the ocean and because it comes from the ocean it contains a huge array of vitamins and minerals over 70 as well as proteins and other kind of great substances.

But the really nice thing about kelp is that it has this natural plant growth hormone. It has mainly cytokinins and auxins and they help plant processes in the root, and in the leaves, and in fruiting and so they’re really useful for a plant and it’s a very - one of the reason I use it a lot is its really very inexpensive and a little bit goes a long way.

The other thing I like about it is that it can be harvested very sustainably. It starting to be that there is some over harvesting going on but if it’s done right you know kelp grows to be over a hundred feet sometimes over two hundred feet long and if you just come along and chopped off the top couple like it can grow two feet a day sometimes, just go chopped off the top, it’s very sustainable, it renews itself really quickly.

And so if you find something that’s harvested sustainably and then process well which is more of a cold process you don’t want them to heated up too much. You want it to be processed cold so that it retains the enzymes and the proteins don’t get too denatured and it just – it continues to be a really live kind of product. That’s what you’re looking for.

So, I like to use it for my foliar feeding, I like to use it to start seeds as well because of those growth hormones that when the seeds germinates it has those hormones that really helps it to do a lot of things right away as well as the vitamins and minerals.

When a seed germinates it needs – different seeds are different but it gonna needs certain trace minerals that acts as enzymes to help it do certain things, kinda like a catalyst to help it get going.

So I soak almost all my seeds in it not so much my legumes like this is a scarlet runner bean I just harvested most of these as a bunch of small guys on here now you probably can’t see them coz they’re – they’re small.

Coz you wanna harvest them pretty often when they’re growing to encourage more growth. So I don’t harvest – I don’t soak legumes very much coz it’s not that great for them but most of the things I do soak and I do it in a very diluted amount of liquid kelp and water so it will be like – it’ll be like a teaspoon of kelp in a liter of water.

And you don’t want more than that because you just want that sort of one to 50 ratio and then there’s also a kelp meal or a powder which is more like a dry fertilizer which you can use. I don’t use that as much, I really like the liquid because liquid fertilizing is so efficient so I can put this in my sprayer with water and spray it on to the leaves of my plants.

It’s very efficient but when I did lived by the ocean I would get a little bit of fresh kelp off the beach. I don’t what to take too much of it because I think that’s probably - it has a very important role to play on the beach but if you have an abundance of kelp nearby pick it up, put it right on the garden as mulch or in the compost pile.

You don’t need to wash off the salt at all, its buffered by all of the other nutrients there and it just – it will disappear quickly but it’s just an amazing organic, just organic matter additive to the soil and it contains all the same things that a liquid kelp would contain.

So if you wanna know more about how much to use and how much it costs and things like that, if you’re not on the website yet I’ll put a link of that below where you can read more about that.

So that is one of my favorites that I used all the time that’s liquid kelp.

Kelp fertilizer contains over 70 minerals and vitamins.

Perhaps more important, it’s an excellent source of natural plant growth regulators.

This is one of the least expensive best organic fertilizer products out there. Certain varieties of kelp can be sustainably harvested because they grow as much as 2 feet per day and get well over 100 feet long.

For the best quality, kelp should be processed quickly at cool temperatures to preserve all of the benefits kelp has to offer.

In the soil, the benefit of using kelp meal and fresh kelp from the beach is that you get a huge amount of nutrients, ready to be used by plants and microbes.

Seaweed from the beach can go on the soil as a mulch layer where it will disappear quickly, or can go into the compost. Either way, there‘s no need to wash off the salt.

Kelp fertilizer is a staple in any foliar feed and is also great for starting seed. Liquid kelp fertilizer has the same nutrients as kelp meal, but we use it for its natural plant growth regulators that stimulate many processes in plants.

Although the nutrients are beneficial, at this small amount it’s really all about the hormones. They have the final say as to how your plants will grow, reproduce and die.

Update: 2 1/2 years after I wrote this article, I decided to start selling liquid seaweed, so you can now learn a lot more about it here.

So those are my 2 favorite organic fertilizers for plants. You can mix them together with water in a hose-end or backpack sprayer to apply them at the same time, or just use one of them.

Let me know below if you have anything to add, or any questions for me about these biostimulants.