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Which is Better Organic or Bio Fertilizers?

Many have has changed the fertilizer they use in their home gardens because of the pollution chemical fertilizers release into our environment. Most people today are using either an organic or bio fertilizer instead. But has anyone ever considered which of these is better for your garden? We are told by large companies that manufacture bio products that they are a must. However, organic gardening has been around a lot longer than bio gardening.

What are the different types of organic fertilizers?

  • Alfalfa meal
  • Blood meal
  • Kelp meal
  • Compost
  • Cottonseed meal
  • Molasses
  • Legume cover crops
  • Green manure cover crops
  • Kelp seaweed
  • Compost tea
  • Fish emulsion
  • Milk
  • Urea (urine)
  • Manure tea
  • Calcium
  • Epson salts
  • Magnesium
  • Sulfur 

What are the different types of bio fertilizers? 

  • Rhizobium
  • Azotobacter
  • Blue green algae (BGA)
  • Azospirillum
  • Nostac

According to Live Science bio fertilizers contain live or latent cells of efficient strains of nitrogen-fixing and phosphate soluble organisms. However, organic fertilizers are made from different animal and plant waste.

Pros of Organic Fertilizers

  1. They are excellent for the soil to help it hold nutrients and water.
  2. Allow more air to get into the soil because it creates a beneficial environment for microbial organism and earthworms.
  3. The nutrients from the fertilizers are released slowly into the soil.
  4. Organic fertilizer will never pollute ground water.
  5. They are easier to find and you can make them in your yard. 

Pros of Bio Fertilizers

  1. There is a wider range of particularly micronutrients and nutrients.
  2. They help to increase your soil's organic matter content.
  3. For a farmer it can help increase their crops yield by 20 to 30%.
  4. The different bio fertilizer can help stimulate plant growth.

Cons of Organic Fertilizers

  1. Organic fertilizers are more difficult to apply to plants.
  2. You need to use a larger quantity of organic fertilizer.
  3. You need to mix the fertilizers into the soil before you plan to plant.
  4. If you use organic fertilizer during your growing season it takes longer for the plants to receive the nutrients.

Cons of Bio Fertilizers

  1. In some areas bio fertilizers are hard to find.
  2. Bio fertilizers are very sensitive to humidity and temperature.
  3. They have a slower effect on plant growth.
  4. Some bio fertilizers need to be used within 30 days after opening the bottle.
  5. Different fertilizers need special types of machines or sprayers to use.
  6. Certain bio fertilizers are difficult to store.

In Conclusion

Both bio and organic fertilizers are excellent for the environment. Each one has its pros and cons. Depending on your garden and what you are growing will determine if a bio or organic fertilizer is best for you. If you use organic fertilizer they can be easily acquired from any store where some bio fertilizers are not available in certain areas. Furthermore, a compost pile in the corner of your garden is a must year round. The compost is excellent for your garden and makes a great ground cover for your plants.

 

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Ann Johnston

Ann Johnston

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