I was in the store the other day and they had Natures Pride Veg fertilizer on clearance for 6.00 a bag, witch is quite a deal. I only buy organic everything for my gardens. I was very torn because I like to add to my soil in the spring to give everything an added boost. I could not find organic, or omri anywhere on the bag. But it was tempting, because it had the ingredients I would like to use.
Derived from feather meal, bat guano, fish meal, seabird guanos, oyster shell, alfalfa meal, volcanic ash, blood meal, crab meal, rock phosphate, fish bone meal, glacial rock dust, sulfate of potash, langbeinite, kelp meal.
Glomus intraradices: 1.7 spores per g.
Glomus deserticola: 0.4 spores per g.
Glomus etunicatem: 0.4 spores per g.
Glomus clarum: 0.4 spores per g.
Bacillus subtilis: 2.0 X 108 CFUs per g.
Bacillus licheniformis: 9.0 X 107 CFUs per g.
Bacillus amyloliquefaceans: 6.0 X 107 CFUs per g.
Bacillus thuringiensis: 1.0 X 106 CFUs per g.
Bacillus polymyxa: 4.0 X 106 CFUs per g.
I know some times companies don't get certified because of cost, but there are a lot of ingredients I don't know what they are. Is this a good additive? Or should I find something else?
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” — Abraham Lincoln
I think it looks like a good product. The one thing that jumps out to my eye that could be questionable or possible even the reason it's not labeled as organic is the alfalfa. A lot of toxic crap can be used in conventionally grown alfalfa. One option to alleviate concerns of this is to add this to a compost pile, and pour on some mushroom slurry. Fungi already present in the compost, along with added fungi (like oyster mushroom!) will break down any nasty chemical residue in the alfalfa meal. Adding this product to the compost will also make a lot of the minerals in this fertilizer biologically available to whatever plants you choose to apply this now supercharged compost to.
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I’ve turned down a lot of chicken products because they use antibiotics heavily in the CAFOs. If I get a huge composting setup to bioremediate, I would consider them, but those can be very durable in the groundwater and it would end up in my immediate watershed and maybe pond.
I’m not pursuing organic at this point but I’m practicing beyond what is required. I am torn because it’s a waste stream that I think with some fungi could be a good addition.
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