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Organic Fertilizers

Organic fertilizer can be a great way to give your plants the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. They’re made from plant and animal resources and sold as manures, meals, emulsions, and compost.

Composted manures can be purchased at garden centers. Choose commonly available horse, cow, chicken, or mushroom manure, all rich in nutrients your plants will love.

Organic fertilizers release nutrients very slowly, lessening the chance that you’ll burn your plants and reducing the risk of water pollution with proper application.

Calculate and apply the correct amount of fertilizer to avoid losing nutrients, and remember not to overwater.


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