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Thom Foote
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Does anyone have a formula, BY WEIGHT, for a 16-16-16 organic formula that THEY HAVE MADE AND USED? I am looking for oz or lb measurements of common organic fertilizer components. 1.e.- cottonseed meal, blood meal, bone meal, etc., stuff that you have used to make your own. I am rethinking my approach to growing and adopting biological gardening but still need a general purpose fertilizer. To be blunt, please don't waste my time with philosophical statements about general fertilizing. I don't have time and I know what I am doing. Thanks much.
 
John Elliott
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Urine runs about 12-1-2, and wood ashes are about 0-1-3, so if you combine equal amounts of the two, you're still coming up short of 16-16-16. You can get even closer by adding some steamed bone meal, which is 1-13-0. If you make a 3:1:1 mix of ashes, urine and steamed bone meal, that adds up to 13-17-11, so you are close but not balanced. But it weighs a lot more than a sack of 16-16-16 fertilizer because of the "fillers" in the natural components (i.e., urine is 90+% water).

That's part of the lure of fertilizers produced by chemical processes, they can pack higher NPK numbers into a 40 lb bag. To be completely organic, using only bone and blood meals, ashes, and urine, to get an effective 16-16-16, you are going to be using several times the weight. Does that make sense for you?
 
Thom Foote
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The most cogent reply to date. thanks for your help
 
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