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Is Organic Fertilizer Really Better?

If you asked your plants which type of fertilizer they prefer - organic or chemical - they wouldn’t know the difference. To them, nutrients are the same whether they are delivered through an organic or chemical product. But, it’s not up to your plants to decide. It’s up to YOU.

So is organic fertilizer really better than the rest, or does it not make much of a difference? Let’s explore the answers to these questions in the sections below.

Organic vs Chemical

The terminology can be confusing when discussing fertilizers. Terms like "organic" and "natural" are used to describe fertilizer that is minimally processed. The nutrients are in their natural forms rather than being taken out and refined.

Organic fertilizer is typically made from plant or animal waste and powdered minerals. At Molzon’s, we recommend Pro-Gro 5-3-4 from North Country Organics which is made from vegetable protein meals, animal protein meals, natural nitrate of soda, potash and phosphate rock.

Chemical fertilizers, on the other hand, are described as being synthetic, artificial or manufactured. These fertilizers have been refined so that they have specific ratios and nutrients. They are typically made from petroleum products and rocks as well as organic materials.

Is Organic the Better Choice?

Organic fertilizer has clear benefits compared to the chemical kinds, but there are some limitations. The biggest benefit to organic fertilizer is that it’s made from natural ingredients so there is very little risk of toxic buildup or harm to your plants. In other words, you can’t over-fertilize with these products.

Natural fertilizers are also safer for the environment because they are biodegradable, sustainable and environmentally friendly. They are slow-releasing, so they continue to break down and improve the soil structure.

Where organic fertilizers lack is that they are not fast acting. Since they need warmth and moisture to work, they're best used at certain times of the year. Organic fertilizers may also not release nutrients as quickly as you'd like, so it takes longer to see results compared to chemical varieties. It’s also harder to get exact nutrient ratios, and these products tend to be more costly. You can always make your own compost for free, though!

In the end, we recommend going with organic fertilizers. It’s a better choice for our ecosystem, and certain products such as Pro-Gro 5-3-4 work with as little as two applications a year. With patience and diligence, your hard work will pay off - and you can feel good about the environment!

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