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What’s Hiding in Your Organic Fertilizer?

If you’re interesting in simplifying the process and picking up a pre-made fertilizer blend, then I’ve listed a number of veganic products you can find online or at your local garden store below:

Warning: Most of these companies are not strictly vegan, so read the labels and if it doesn’t have a vegan organic guarantee it’s best to pass.

Lady Bug Cottonseed Meal 7-2-1 vegan organic fertilizer

Company description :

“Ingredients:
Ground cottonseeds. No filler.

Waste not, want not.
This natural fertilizer is made from the waste products of cotton farming – instead of throwing the nutrients out in the landfill, farmers found a way to turn their scraps into plant food. Garden Pep Cottonseed Meal is an old-fashioned fertilizer, similar to fertilizers that our grandparents used on the garden and farmland…”
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FloraBlend Vegan Compost Tea (.5-1-1)
(From General Hydroponics)

“FloraBlend is a compost tea that is fermented from a proprietary blend of plant materials, plus seaweed, rock powders and micronized leonardite.”

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Yum Yum Mix 2-1-1
Available in 4.5 lb shakers, 5 lb, 12 lb, 25 lb & 40 lb bags.

Includes:
Alfalfa Meal: Nitrogen; Vitamins-A, B, E, carotene, thiamine, biotin, pantothenic acid, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, choline; 16 amino acids, co-enzymes, sugars, starches, protein fiber
Cottonseed Meal: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium
Kelp Meal: Nitrogen; Potassium; Vitamins-A, B, B2 , C, calcium, pantothenate, niacin, folic acid; minerals-barium, boron, calcium, cobalt, copper, fluorine, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, sodium, strontium, sulfur, zinc; 17 amino acids
Greensand: Iron, Potassium, Silicate, Phosphorus, 30 trace elements
Rock Dust: Calcium, Sulfur, Magnesium, Boron, Cobalt
Rock Phosphate: Phosphorus, Calcium, Trace Elements
Humate: Salts of Humic Acid – improve soil characteristics and aids in releasing other nutrients to plants in usable forms
Dry Molasses: Carbohydrates, Sugars, Trace Elements – feeds and attracts beneficial soil organisms”

– Yum Yum Mix
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Down to Earth Vegan Mix 3-2-2
Available in a 6lb box and a 25lb bag

Contains soybean meal, alfalfa meal, kelp meal, rock phosphate, sul-po-mag, stonemeal and greensand

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­­­­­­­­­­VeganVeggie – Annual Soil Amendment for Vegetable Gardens (Vegan formulation)
Available in: 1 lb., 2 lb., 10 lb., and 15 lb.

It is designed to bring your pH to neutral, which is the ideal environment for vegetable gardening, and it will pay for itself by producing a more flavorful and more abundant crop.  You will experience more veggies per plant and superior flavor.”

– Sweet Corn Organic Nursery

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VeganPepe – Organic Fertilizer for Pepper Plants (Vegan formulation)

VeganPepe is rich with a non-animal protein source of nitrogen, soft-rock phosphorus and other trace minerals, as well as a beautiful combination of other Vegan-approved organic soil amendments that are perfect for pepper plants.

– Sweet Corn Organic Nursery

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VeganMator – Organic Fertilizer for Tomato Plants (Vegan formulation)

VeganMator …provides the proper nitrogen to phosphorus ratio for tomatoes.

– Sweet Corn Organic Nursery
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VeganSea – Water Soluble Seaweed Powder

This product is also the perfect soil amendment for addressing soil deficiencies, and it has a multitude of other benefits as well.  Among these are that it will help create an environment in the soil that will help plants survive frost and drought conditions, and because it raises the sugar levels in plants it helps prevent and treat insect and disease problems.  It is also the perfect product to use when transplanting because it will help prevent shock and will promote rapid root development.

– Sweet Corn Organic Nursery

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If you know of another company that is putting out purely vegan fertilizer mixes, please let me know so I can add them to this list.

As always, good luck with your environmentally friendly and ethical vegan organic growing!

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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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