Fertilizing is one of the most important parts of gardening since it will make the soil provide nutrients your plants need. The soil has vital nutrients your plant needs. Plants will eat the nutrients in the soil so the soil may be depleted. Fertilizing is the best way to make the soil re-produce nutrients. Also, it will make healthier soil. Healthier soil means your plants will be healthier and happier to grow. Well, there are a lot of reasons why you need to fertilize.
Today, gardeners both beginner and experienced, are moving from using synthetic to organic fertilizer. This because they are trying to avoid using pesticide and other unnatural fertilizer as they can burn the greens also leave some dangerous small particles when you eat the greens. Organic fertilizer is the best way since it is an environmentally friendly product that is able to control diseases and insects. Organic fertilizer uses animal, plants and other natural minerals to provide nutrients in the soil to the plants.
Just for your information, your plants at least need 16 nutrient elements. The most important of them are;
But, most soil only has 13 nutrients such as;
Organic fertilizer will be can be used as a side dressing. It means you will spread it in two lines beside the plants. This is if the plants have grown so the fertilizer will still provide nutrients your plants without disturbing the root. This is different when you are preparing the soil for planting the plants where you will spread it on the soil randomly.
After you spread this organic fertilizer, you will cover or mix it with soil in the lines where you spread the fertilizer using trowel or shovel. Then, you will water the fertilizer, soil and the plant as well.
Worm casting is also an organic fertilizer that produces earthworm. It is not worms in the bag. It is called as vermicast. This worm casting manure is made of essentially earthworm waste or worm poo. You know, worms eat through compost then they create waste that makes the soil becomes enricher nutrients your plants need. Their waste then improves soil aeration and also drainage. Besides, it can increase water retention. Even, it will make the soil moist and avoid from drying.
That is why worm casting is very excellent for your plants. They have essential nutrients your plants need as well as enrich the soil where your plants will grow. Worm casting can be used to any types or kinds of plants without burning them. It can be used as a side dressing, a top dressing and work in the soil.
After you spread organic fertilizer just like the step before, then you will spread worm casting in the place where you spread the organic fertilizer. So, you will make a side dressing with worm casting in both lines beside the plants. This will give more nutrients your plants need. To summarize, when your plants grow, you will use organic fertilizer as a side dressing then continue with worm casting. Good luck!