Organic Fertilizers

Are you looking for natural & approved soil amendments that feed your beneficial soil microbes?  You’ve found a jackpot here!

Organic soil nutrients can sound a bit strange—sul-po-mag, colloidal rock phosphate, greensand.  They can be naturally occurring rock powders like sulfate of potash.  They can also be ground-up plant materials like alfalfa meal, or granulated animal materials like bone meal.  Many come in liquid form as well as granulars.  Organic fertilizers boost nutrient density and nourish your soil food web.

Here you’ll learn what they are and how to choose.

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Where to Find Fishbone Fertilizer

Author Ellen Vande Visse Fishbone Meal Through Alaska Sea-Ag Soil Amendments to Feed the Soil & Soil Food Web “Feeding the soil to feed the plant.” Please call/text us with questions. Robert 907-232-2735 Website http://www.alaskasea-ag.com Fishbone Meal –What is it? It is the ground up bones from Kodiak fisheries, with a bit of ground-up gut & fish body material as well. It makes an excellent organic fertilizer. Fishbone meal analysis is approximately 6-8-0.5 to 6-10-0.5. But it varies. Percentages depend on which fish it comes from. Fishbone meal contains 10-20% calcium, which soils usually lack. Bulk Fishbone Meal Robert Greig is offering Fishbone Meal only by the super sack = 1500 lbs Robert fills bulk orders during Feb-March. Minimum order …

Spring Soil Preparation

Author Ellen Vande Visse Tips for Spring Soil Preparation in South Central Alaska Wisdom from Bob Greig*, Founder of Alaska Sea-Ag LIME: Use high-calcium lime, rather than dolomite lime (unless your soil test recommends otherwise) You have to ask specifically for it in the stores and check bag labels. NITROGEN: Use fishbone meal (earthworms love it). It is also wonderful source of phosphate, calcium, and trace minerals. TRANSPLANTING: As you transplant, try mixing in a microbe inoculant for minimizing shock and increasing vigor, plus stimulate mycorrhizal development for strong root systems. SOLUBLE KELP POWDER: An excellent source of trace elements & potassium or K. Spray this kelp to ward off damping off of seedlings, reduce transplant shock, and resist fungal …

Storing Left Over Fertilizer

Author Ellen Vande Visse Got Left-Over Fertilizers? Be sure to transfer them into metal garbage cans with lids strong buckets with lids or something equally secure Protect it from squirrels, voles, mice, dogs, cats, shrews. They love your garden amendments that smell so delicious and nutritious!

Organic Fertilizers Quick Reference Guide

Author Ellen Vande Visse ORGANIC FERTILIZERS – Quick Reference List THE GOAL: build healthy soil with 3 M’s: Minerals, Microbes, & organic Matter. Select the lower application rate to maintain fertility. Apply the higher rate only for extremely poor soil. Calculate actual need from a soil test. Don’t guess. Too much is as harmful as too little. Nitrogen or N Sources Mix % Application rate per 100 sq ft. Blood meal 12% From 1 to 4 lb Fish meal 9-10% From 2 to 5 lb Soybean meal 7% From 4 to 8 lb Cottonseed meal 6% From 5 to 10 lb Fishbone meal 6% From 2 to 5 lb —see note in P Sources Alfalfa meal 2-3% From 5 to …

Organic Fertilizer Prices at Arctic Organics 2021

Author Arctic Organics Organic Fertilizer Prices at Arctic Organics 2021 River and Sarah Bean, www.arcticorganics.com 1305 N. Smith Rd. Palmer, Alaska (907) 746-1087 cell (907) 355-2094 Email: info@arcticorganics.com Complete Fertilizer Mix for greens, general vegetables and flowers; anything except carrots, potatoes and tomatoes………………$2.50/lb Comes in 2lb and 5lb Ziploc bags. Bulk if you bring a bucket. Application rate: 1 pound per 25 square feet, or 4 lbs per 100 sq feet Contains fish bone meal, langbeinite, blood meal, wood ash, rock phosphate. The vegetable blend is a slow release so it can be applied just once for whole season crops like Brussels sprouts, or again with any replanting, such as lettuce. Tomato Mix for best tomato growth and fruiting: ………$2.50/lb …

Home Made Teas to Nourish Your Plants

Author Ellen Vande Visse Home-Made Teas to Nourish Your Plants “This series is to help you sort out fertilizers in liquid or tea form for your growing operations.” –Ellen Vande Visse The beauty of teas: Teas penetrate down to roots. Thus, you don’t have to dig them in like solid fertilizers, or disturb the roots of established crops, perennials, shrubs, fruit trees, etc. Teas can be sprayed—thus you add as a root drench and foliar application. Teas add or stimulate beneficial soil food web populations. Teas are gentle nourishment, so add them every 2-3 weeks. Teas that are home-made are readily available and save you money. What is… Worm tea? Manure tea? Compost tea? What’s in them? How can I …

Manure Tea to Nourish Your Plants

Author Ellen Vande Visse Teas #2 Manure Tea to Nourish Your Plants If you are someone rich in a livestock manure source, you can make manure tea to fertilize your garden plants. By livestock, I mean 4-legged mammals and poultry. Note that this is not compost. It’s raw poop from cows, horses, pigs, rabbits, llamas, goats, and such. You’ll want to avoid cat and dog manure. You’ve probably heard me harp about “Compost that manure before spreading!” But here is a different strategy: make a tea of that manure. You’ll save yourself the problems that come with applying manure directly on your soil, namely: raw manure contains lots of weed seeds raw manure robs soil of nitrogen while it decomposes …

Organic Fertilizer Primer

Author Ellen Vande Visse Organic Fertilizer Primer A quick reference My gratitude to you on your commitment to nurture living soil! By choosing organic fertilizers, you feed your microbe armies, and then they cycle those nutrients. You are putting the parts of the program together, hurrah! The Basics: I highly recommend that you get a soil test to determine what your particular soil actually needs. Find my recommended soil labs on my website, “Soil Test Services”. If you do no other fertilizing, give everything in your yard or garden a foundation of either liquid fish (fish emulsion or fish hydrolysate) in addition to compost. The granular fertilizer fishbone meal is great too, but becoming a bit more difficult to find …

Conventional/Chemical Fertilizers vs. Organic Ones

Author Ellen Vande Visse Conventional/Chemical Fertilizers vs. Organic Ones What are the Problems? We use salt fertilizers on crop land & we inadvertently: scald soil microbes burn up soil carbon make crops thirsty, water, and weak which produce less yield which invites pests and diseases which further seduces us into using more of the same fertilizer which further seduces us into a dangerous dance with poison s

Fertilizing Organically

Author Ellen Vande Visse Fertilizing Organically Using Approved Soil Amendments Organically approved fertilizers can sound a bit strange! They can naturally occurring rock powders, like colloidal rock phosphate. They can also be ground-up plant materials like alfalfa meal, or granulated animal materials like bone meal. They can also sourced as liquids. These sources of fertilizers are called “soil amendments”. Sometimes they are called “grow powders”. For example, blood meal supplies N, fish bone meal provides P and Ca, and greensand is a mined mineral and is a source of K and several trace elements. Liquid fish hydrolysate contains N, P, K, and many trace elements. WHY NOT COMMERCIAL, SYNTHESIZED, CHEMICAL FERTILIZERS? These are recommended or approved for organic certification because, …