Organic vs. regular fertilizer /sprays
Why use organic fertilizer or sprays at all? Sometimes it does seem like regular sprays would be better, in that it would blitz all the nasty little critters that want to ruin my plants once and for all! I know, I know, we’re supposed to love all creatures great and small, but really, what IS the point of a black aphid? Or a fungus? Eh? Of course I’m being a pain….
But actually I tried regular sprays and found that yes, indeed it killed the nasty little bugs, but it also burned the leaves and often the buds of my plants..since 95% of my plants are the flowering type, this was a problem…so I decided to try an organic spray.
I noticed two things: one, it does actually work. And two: you have to keep at it on a schedule, because I find that it’s best to use it as a preventive measure, or when you first see a problem brewing. Once a bug or a fungus has taken hold, forget it. Either use the commercial stuff or dig a grave for your plant! It happened to me with the dahlia, I loved it – I even wrote a blog titled “Dahlia crazy” – but the poor thing developed some kind of leaf infestation that I simply didn’t catch in time…and no matter what I did, I couldn’t save it. =(
I now also use an organic fertilizer called Rose Food, produced locally by Rabbit Hill Farm, it also works on flowering plants other than roses – it’s a 5 6 3 fertilizer that contains (for those of you who are curious!) alfalfa meal, soft rock phosphate w/colloidal clay, bone meal, cottonseed meal, wormcastings, soybean meal, sulfate of potash, humate, rabbit manure, greensand kelp and epsom salt.
It works wonders.
The spray I use is also organic but I can’t remember the name right now. But I swear by it as it does not burn my plants.
So if you want to go organic, give it a try! It has it’s limitations, but it’s worth it
- 16 Jul, 2008
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