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 and soil amendments help to nourish plant, mineral and microbial life within soil. Organic soil inputs help improve soil structure, nutrient recycling, moisture retention, and the productivity of soils.
Organic soil conditioners 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; 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; Garden Lime (38% Ca), Aragonite Shell Flour (33% Ca), Crab Meal (4-4-0 + 18% Ca), Rock Phosphate (0-3-0 + 20% Ca)