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What’s Hiding in Your Organic Fertilizer?

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What’s Hiding in Your Organic Fertilizer?

Interested in going beyond common organic practices? Want a garden that is safe for your pets and young family members to wander through? Concerned about the factory farms that some common organic practices support?

Then it’s time to learn about the byproducts in your fertilizers, the health risks they pose, and the alternative, green, truly organic fertilizers you’ll find in your own backyard, or on the garden store shelf.

From ‘green manure’ to nettle tea, there are heaps of healthy, easy and sustainable stock-free fertilizers available to safely and effectively revitalize and nourish your garden. But before I jump into these nutrient rich concoctions, let’s first talk about the products that should be prohibited on your property and some of the reasons why.

Next: Could your organic fertilizer make you sick? Making your own free or cheap fertilizers. Finding a suitable store-bought mix.

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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11:11PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

Scary what can be sold as "Organic" when the contents are tainted with poisons. I thought I was doing good buying the "Organic" fertilizers. I will definitely find a way to start my own composting methods in Spring!

6:10PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

Thanks!

6:47AM PST on Dec 1, 2011

and if the poop came from local, outside cows and horses? better yet, why not just throw grandpa and fido into your garden to rot.

10:23PM PST on Nov 29, 2011

I would be very careful about using hay as mulch. It has lots of seeds and can add to you weeds, Try straw instead.

5:21PM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Thanks for the information.

2:19PM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Thanks, I would have never guessed.

1:06PM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Try Mary's Mineral Mix - a vegan, rock powder and alfalfa meal based fertilizer developed on our certified organic farm (http://www.windcrestorganics.com/mineralmix.html). Beware of products containing cottonseed meal unless you can verify the meal came from certified organic cotton. Cotton is very heavily sprayed with herbicides and pesticides.

10:28AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

The compostable bags which most communities require you to use for green waste are really plastic being broken down by a chemical enzyme. Tiny pieces of plastic are now scattered through most commercial compost. Better to keep your green waste and make your own compost....at least you know what is in it.

5:38AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Thanks for the information.

12:29AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

I amend my soil with compost and in the fall i run over leaves with my mower and use it as mulch. Instead of buying chicken or cow manure which can carry diseases i use mushroom manure.

Does anybody know of any negatives in using mushroom manure. Also i put eggshells that i blend in my food processor before adding as they take a long time to break down. I add it for calcium.

Good to know about the bone meal as i didn't know it could carry diseases and that it was potentially dangerous to dogs, which i have one.

Not sure but is the article saying that using raw eggshells from my kitchen is not healthy due
to samenella. I always wash them first after cracking them.


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