Liquid Organic Fertilizer
Liquid Organic Fertilizer
Liquid organic fertilizers gives your garden that qu;;/ick boost it needs. During the growing season, give your plants a nutrient feeding every two weeks or so.
Healthy Soil Means Strong, Healthy Plants
Arbico’s Healthy Soil Recipe Jumpstart your garden by injecting your soil with natural enzymes, beneficial soil microbes and a well-rounded dose of organic nutrients. By applying this kit depending on your use (lawn, vegetable garden, container plants, etc), you will be giving your plants a healthy dose of not only fertilizer but other neccessary ingredients to make your garden thrive!
This is especially important for your fast-growing vegetables and fruit, as well as making your flowers bloom bigger and brighter. While natural fertilizer is mainly slow-release, many plants still need large boosts of nutrients at key times, which the soil may not be able to provide. Foliar feeding (applying liquid to the leaves) is an acceptable and sometimes vital practice to produce larger and tastier food.
When to Apply Liquid Fertilizers
For vegetables and fruit, apply during all the stages of flower blooming, growth and maturity. For flowers, begin applying just before blooms and during the growth of the plant. Apply in either early morning or early evening, when the fertilizer will be absorbed better – too sunny, and some of the liquid will evaporate too fast. Cloudy (but not rainy) days are excellent as well.
How to Properly Apply
For foliar feeding, spray on the undersides of the leaves (the pores are more likely to be open on the underside than top), and apply until it’s dripping. Use a regular sprayer, but never one that uses pesticides. No matter how good you clean it, there will always be residue. Follow the manufacturure’s instructions for dilution and application, as improper methods or too much fertilizer can burn your plants.
Organic Fertilizers for Fruits, Vegetables and Strong Blooms
Agri-Gro® Ultra – 2.5 Gallons is an OMRI listed biostimulant and soil fertility booster derived from Ascophyllum Nodosum kelp seaweed. Use it as a seed treatment, a root stimulant, spray as a foliar feed or apply directly to the soil. High in potash, which plants convert to potassium, neccessary for large blooms, fruit and vegetable quality, and overall growth and strength.
Bioform 4-2-4 Fish and Seaweed Fertilizer A superb all-purpose liquid fertilizer for foliar feeding. Spray as a fine mist when leaf buds first appear, when blooms appear, and every month afterward. Gives a great nutrient boost to all vegetables, flowers, houseplants, grass and trees. Also try it while pre-soaking seeds to help in germination.
Organic Fertilizers for Lawns
Maxicrop Liquid Seaweed Contains over 70 minerals, vitamins, and enzymes for your lawn and all your plants. Spray every month to keep your lawn green, vigorous and healthy!
Nitron Formula A-35 Organic Soil Conditioner A potent mix of soil microbes and enzymes to break down lawn thatch and restore life to your underlying lawn. Healthy soil means a healthy lawn. Apply twice a year.
Need a Heavy-Duty Sprayer?
Garden Backpack Sprayer from Gardens Alive – Comfortable, no need to “pump up” the spray, and a high-pressure nozzle for more efficient applications. Holds 3 gallons.
When and Where to Use Liquid Organic Fertilizer
While often the fertilizer focus in organic gardening is on compost, manure, cover crops, or the addition of certain minerals, there are also times when fertilizers have a place in the yard and garden. Some of these products can be purchased, and some of them can be concocted by the gardener from items on hand.
There are a number of liquid fertilizers on the market that are approved for organic use. However, as in all things, there can be too much of a good thing. Adding more fertilizer to plants than what is needed can cause them to burn or to focus more energy on green growth as opposed to fruit or flowers.
What Liquid Fertilizers Are Available?
Liquid fertilizers approved for organic use have become more popular, thus there are more on the market. Check labels carefully on these products to ensure that they are used properly and on the right plants. Generally, stick to liquid products that are made from natural products as they are more gentle, and slow releasing. Any amendment that you can find in granular form, can generally be found in liquid form. Here are a few examples:
- Fish Emulsion – This is an effective fertilizer for all plants, shrubs and lawns. It is just what it says it is. Ground up fish. There is a nice balance of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus which most plants require. This is a good product to use either at the root or on foliage.
- Liquid Kelp – Kelp is a type of seaweed. It is a good nutrient provider for human and flora alike. Kelp assists plants in using the nutrients in the soil that are already available. Best used on flowers and gardens.
- Compost tea – This product can be bought commercially, or can be concocted at home. This is a brew of compost soaked in water, and sometimes aerated that ramps up the usefulness of compost by concentrating it, and making it available for spraying and watering.
- Manure tea – Very similar to compost tea, this entails soaking manure in water and using the resultant liquid. Not glamorous, but effective in giving plants a boost.
- Vermicompost tea – This can often be harvested from worm composting bins. Some bins are set up with a spigot in the lower tray to allow access to it.
When to Use Liquid Fertilizer
- Use liquid fertilizers when transplanting to the garden, or any other times of stress for your plants.
- Use when plants are under attack. If there are signs of possible disease or pest problems, a foliar application of fertilizer can help give plants the help they need to strengthen and fight off these problems.
- During times of drought. Organic gardening is about watering only when needed, and during particularly dry times, it is necessary to water. Using liquid fertilizers at this time give an extra bang for your buck.
- Use once a month during the growing season to help plant and fruit production move along more quickly. Want a greener lawn, prettier flowers, or faster harvesting, liquid fertilization may be helpful.
Use care when using any of the liquid fertilizers. Any time that foliage is being sprayed, it should occur early in the morning, or at night when the sun is not likely to promptly evaporate, and possibly burn the foliage. It is also important to use the correct fertilizer in the correct dilution, or it will be a futile effort.
Liquid fertilizer applications often give quick results. But the organic gardener should be careful not to rely to heavily on this method. The nutrients in the soil are still the most important, and perhaps, digging in a little compost will provide for a plant’s needs as effectively, if not as quickly as spraying them will.