Organic vs. Inorganic Fertilizers

When your soil needs amending or your plants need a nutritional boost, your choices of fertilizer can be overwhelming. Although I am not a professional, I can give you some basic information on organic and inorganic fertilizers so you can decide which type to use and when. But wait, there’s more!

Major Soil Nutrients

Just as you need nutrients to survive, so do plants. Plants obtain their nutrients from the soil they are planted in. Bad soil, sick plants. I found this out the hard way my first year planting. Because the top soil I bought for my raised beds came from a forest, I assumed my plants had all the nutrients they needed to thrive. My new plants told me otherwise. But wait, there’s more!

Soil Testing

Whether you decide to plant directly into your ground or in raised beds, you will need to test your soil to be sure it has the correct pH and enough nutrients to support your plants. Soil testing is recommended at least annually, but if you have problems with your soil, you may wish to test more often. (I test twice a year.) There are two ways to do this. You can have your soil professionally tested or you can test it yourself with a home soil test kit. But wait, there’s more!