I have watch people use fertilizers, both organic and man-made fertilizers, in trying to enhance their crops. Some people over fertilized their gardens causing the plants to burn, grow leggy, produce non-conforming fruits to not producing at all.
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Others use incorrect qualities and types of fertilizers on their plants. A lot of resources are wasted on incorrect types and quantities of fertilizers.
The only way to find out what minerals and nutrients are missing in a soil based garden is a soil test. Be sure to ask a nutrient analysis that includes the amounts and kinds of nutrients the soil needs.
Find out how to best to apply the nutrient(s0, the amount of nutrient(s) to apply, the frequency of the application, and how long it will take for the soil to become optimal again. This process can take months to years to bring the soil to homeostasis.
The cost of the average urban organic garden has made organic food stores so popular. It is cheaper to spend your time and resources by purchasing the food you need to feed your family then it is to grow your own food.
Buying food has carbon footprint costs
Transportation costs such as a vehicle, fuel, maintenance…
Importing food from hundreds of miles away from the store location, employees, insurances, operations, electricity…
Manufacture of packaging materials such as Styrofoam, plastics, paper…
Incorrect size of packaged foods for your family needs.
And on and on…
Forget about enjoying your family and friends because you need to go to the market to get last-minute groceries. Lord help you if you went home before the store. Everyone will want to go with you and the chaos that always ensues.
The book The Tuxedo Gardener has all the basic information you need to get started grown organic food. The food you grow using the method in the book will end up costing you less, give more time spent with your family, vine-ripened food is more nutritious than the store-bought version.
How We Mucked It Up
From the time man reduced their dependency on foraging for food and became more reliant on growing food the soil started the process of depleting the soil nutrients.
The nutrients have been slowly removed from the soil as we grew more and more specific food crops. A specific food crop requires a certain set of nutrients to thrive and produce nutrient-rich food.
As a specific crop is planted over and over in the same site the plant deplete the nutrients it requires. The result is less healthy and productive plants. Plant diseases have resulted in crop failure.
Over Coming Our Muck?
Egyptians relied on the flooding of the Nile river to rejuvenate the soil’s nutrients. Famine became an issue when floods were late or not at all. There are many books and writing about the effect of the Nile flooding dating back a few thousand years.
The Peoples of Amazon figured out how to make and improve the local soils. They develop what we call Terra-Petra. That knowledge is lost and as yet, we have not figured how to recreate Terra-Petra.
Europeans figured out how to recycle farm waste as soil amendments. They spread manures on the surface of the soil and allowed it to break down to feed the soil. They later learn to ferment the manures to improve the nutrient absorption and keep diseases out of their food production.
The new world was so vast and fertile people just changed locations instead of nurturing the soil. Eventually, this practice resulted in nutrient-poor soils, the dust bowl of the 1930s, and the big pharma that we have today.
Today our soil is a disaster of biblical proportions. We have managed to kill off millions of microorganism per teaspoon by tilling the soil. Our water is polluted with the excess of NPK. We engineered crops to reduce insect damage and created super-bugs that current toxins are ineffective.
The addition, use of synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, and pesticides has pretty much doomed us to extinction unless we stop using them. Some predictions tell us we will no longer have phosphates (potash) by 2050.
At one time the United States was the largest exporter of potash and now we are the worlds largest importer of potash. The water is so polluted with nitrates, potassium, phosphates, pesticides, insecticides, and pollution that potable water from our underground resources will not exist.
End the Craziness
Science Behind Natures Fertilizers
Plants have flourished without human interaction for over four hundred of millions of years. The plants relied on microorganisms change insoluble nutrients into water-soluble nutrients. During this process, some of these microorganisms developed symbiosis relationships with the plants.
One such symbiosis relationship is with bacteria. Plants would release a chemical compound such as carbohydrates to stimulate a certain type of bacteria to consume an insoluble nutrient. To put the nutrient-rich bacteria into a form that the plant could absorb other players became involved.
Red wigglers (decomposing worms), certain nematodes, and specialized insects would consume the bacteria. The excrement from the specific organisms condensed the nutrients. During this process, nutrients became water-soluble and is absorbed by the plant.
The roots of the plants can uptake the soluble nutrient-rich excrement. As time passed other microorganisms evolved to support the ravenous plants.
Both plants and bacteria evolved so that the plant would absorb the bacteria and nutrients directly. Another player, fungi, in the environment proved to be an extraordinary addition to plant health and well-being.
Between 80% to 90% of all plants create the Mycorrhizal Symbiosis with ubiquitous soil-borne fungi. The fungi nutrients like nitrogen and phosphate. The fungi enhance the plant’s water uptake, growth, and disease resistance.
In return, the plant enhances fungal growth, reproduction and feeds up to 40% of it’s fixed carbon to the fungus.
Using Nature’s Fertilizer
For the last decade or so I have used nature’s methods to produce healthy, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables without the use of man-made and organic fertilizers.
The costs for using nature’s fertilizers is minimal. Here is a link describing all the items needed and the time it takes to brew the tea.
A trash can, a bit of pvc (polyvinyl chloride) pipe and a hose faucet, aquarium air pump and air stone, half high nylon stocking, worm casting, organic humus, non-sulfured molasses, sea kelp and chlorine and chloramine free water and (10) one-gallon containers with caps.
During this time my tomato plants have consistently grown more than 10′ high and produce vastly more than I and my neighbors can consume. From eggplants, lettuce, peppers, root vegetables and the like have consistently outgrown and out-produced gardens that are next to my raised beds.
Now Is The Time To Act
Go beyond what big pharma wants you to believe. Quit using the synthetic everything. You and your family will benefit from making quality decisions about the food you consume and the way it was grown.
In fact, there is a way to:
Grow food for less than you can buy
Reduce your carbon footprint
More free time
Buy and follow The Tuxedo Gardener system to learn how to use the awesome resources at your command.