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5 Animal-Free Fertilizers for Your Home Garden

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5 Animal-Free Fertilizers for Your Home Garden

By Sayward Rebhal, Networx

Did you know that many of the traditional organic fertilizers, for hobby home gardeners, for professional landscapers and for large-scale commercial farmers, are derived from animals and their by-products? Blood meal, bone meal, manure, fish emulsion, the list goes on and on. Animal parts can pop up in almost every phase of a standard growing season. So much so, that using them can almost seem unavoidable.

But these days, a lot of people are choosing to grow their gardens without the addition of animal products, and for many different reasons: they may be vegan or have an ethical objection, they may have religious limitations, or they may have allergies, just to name a few. In water-strapped communities that are over-tapped by local plumbing demands, like San Diego, non-animal fertilizing practices like mulching can help to conserve water. So for those folks, here’s an animal-friendly list. A handy dandy cheat sheet, if you will. Your options are as follows . . .

1. Compost

Compost is the perfect plant food. It’s incredibly rich in myriad minerals, and it also provides important beneficial bacteria and other essential micro fauna. These organisms help to colonize the soil, keeping it “clean” and within a desirable pH range.

You can make your own compost at home, using yard waste and kitchen scraps, or you can buy pre-made compost. Many brands offer animal-free options. Just look for boxes that are marked “vegan.”

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10:42PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Great info ~ thank you!

11:06PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Very helpful!

8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Interesting and useful information, gardening is a pleasure and it gets hungry.

3:53PM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

Very useful.

12:25PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Didn't know that!!! Thanks.

11:41AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Compost happens, its easy......

4:40AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

thanks for posting this

12:36AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Thanks for the post!

11:38PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Thanks , I do compost also sprinkle garden w/ coffee grinds , Its good for the plants
and deters insects .

8:47PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Thanks for the informartion and your post.

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