Now we’re going to talk about organic versus
chemical fertilizers. In the organic world, we can create our own foods. We can create
composts in our own backyards, very easily, by just decaying garden scraps, leaves and
weeds out of the garden. We can create that type of food. Organic fertilizers will be
labeled in your garden centers as organic and this is a fertilizer that is of the earth
and natural. The USDA is very specific about that. That are state controls on it and there
are federal controls. In chemical agriculture and gardening, we get our nutrients out of
a bottle. It’s more science than art. You pour these granulated bits of nitrogen, potassium
and phosphorus, into water and water your plants with those. It’s a direct line of shooting
energy into the plant. It’s quick, it’s effective but are we ending up with healthy plants?
Not necessarily. In organics, we’re looking for plants that have a more well-rounded source
of nutrients. The chemical world of agriculture it’s nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, that’s
it, just those three nutrients or elements, in the case of plants that are being used.
It’s a quick shot, a quick fix. They are mostly water soluble. This stuff goes in the water
and if the plant doesn’t grab it really quick, it washes away, leaving behind residues of
salt and other undesirable things for the plants.