Organic vs. Chemical Fertilizers

There is quite a difference between using organic as opposed to chemical fertilizers in your vegetable garden. Organic fertilizers are of the earth and have all of the trace nutrients that a healthy plant needs to grow. Both USDA and state and Federal regulations govern, quite strictly, what can be labeled organic.

On the other hand, chemical fertilizers provide just three elements to feed the plant: nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. These are extremely water soluble and unless the plant’s roots can grab them as they are percolating past them, they tend to leach away into the deeper soil, leaving behind salts that are harmful to the plant in the long run. Because chemical fertilizers are lacking in trace nutrients, plants will also deplete the soil around them of those critical elements. This is why using chemical fertilizers over the long term actually depletes the soil over time. Crop rotation and manuring will bring the soil back, however. Watch the video to learn more.

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