Knowing More About Organic Fertilizer Chart

Knowing More About Organic Fertilizer Chart

Don’t use chemical fertilizers. They kill microbes in the soil and drive off earthworms and other useful soil critters. They are harmful to birds, pets, small children, and all living things. They get washed into our groundwater and mix with other chemicals to make some truly deadly “brews”. Natural fertilizers do the same job and encourage the life you need in order to have a balanced and beautiful garden.

Organic Fertilizer Chart


Alfalfa pellets10-20 lbs3-6mos.roses, lawns, veggies flowers shrubsNitrogen
and micro-nutrients
Alfalfa pellet & Epsom salts “tea”*see recipe belowweeklyquick-acting liquid fertilizerNitrogen, magnesium, and micronutrients
Composted animal manure300 – 500 lbs2 – 3 yearssoil builder  lawn dressing  MulchNitrogen and  Phosphorous
Compostup to 300 lbs.2 – 3 yearsorganic matter  fertilizerHumus and many nutrients according to its composition.
Bloodmeal10 -20 lbs.1 – 4 monthsLawns and groundcovers  veggiesNitrogen and protein
Bonemeal20 -50 lbs.2 – 5 yearsVeggies Fruits BulbsPhosphorous and Nitrogen
Rock Phosphate20 – 50 lbs.2 – 5 yearsPhosphate for fruit and veggiesPhosphorous
Greensand20 – 50 lbs.2 – 5 yearsSoil builder with trace elementsPotassium
Dolomite Lime20 – 50 lbs.2 – 5 yearsSweetens and conditions soilSecondary nutrients pH balance
Fish Emulsion1 – 2 tbsp. / gallon waterEvery 2 weekSeedlings Transplants HouseplantsNitrogen and Phosphorous
Liquid seaweed1 tbsp./gal. waterEvery 2 monthsGood foliar feed Lawns & seedlingstrace nutrients
Dried seaweed1/4 – 1/2 cup/ gal. waterEvery 2 monthsGood  foliar feed Lawns & seedlingstrace nutrients


*Alfalfa – Epsom Salts Tea: Add to a 20 gal. garbage can filled with water: 16 cups of Alfalfa pellets and 2 cups of Epsom salts. Stir well and let brew for one week. Stir and pour by the cupful on roses, shrubs, veggies and flowers of all kinds. Add sludge from bottom to next brew or to compost pile or just add more water and use slurry on plants.

Use Weekly through the growing season

Grow Your Own Fertilizers:  An excellent method for improving the soil for vegetable gardens and large areas that are to be planted…

“Green manure” is a cover crop that is turned into the soil and allowed to decompose.  Green manures have long been used by wise farmers to improve their soil.  Now home gardeners are discovering the advantages of even very small areas.

They reduce weeds and hold nutrients in the soil over winter that might be leached away by rains.  Their root systems bring nutrients up where they can be used by crops and when they are turned into the soil they enhance biological activity, increase the organic content, add humus and improve the tilth and structure of the soil.  And last but certainly not least, some provide spectacular bloom.

Nitrogen  –  Legumes  ( lupine, clovers, alfalfa, peas, beans, vetch)  Till these under before they bloom for the best supply of nitrogen.
Phosphorus  –  Alfalfa, mustard, buckwheat.
Potassium  –  Vetches
Beneficial Insect Food  –  Buckwheat, alfalfa, white clover, white mustard.
Winter Clover  –  fava beans, winter rye, scotch kale.
Soil Loosener for Heavy Soils  –  Mustard, buckwheat, alfalfa.  (These three are good for all sorts of things!)
Spectacular Bloom  –  Crimson clover, birdsfoot trefoil, lupine, mustard, and sunflower.