That Blue Fertilizer Safe? Is it Organic?
I’ve had many people ask me if that popular “blue fertilizer” is a
good choice. The short
answer is - "No!"
Here is what Rodale says:
“…is a synthetic
fertilizer that contains ammonium phosphate and several other
chemicals that can be toxic to your soil and plants. It is prohibited
from use in
Here’s what soil expert Robert Parnes, Ph.D., says in his book
"[Ammonium fertilizer] acidifies the soil, and thus it is probably
more harmful to
soil organisms than any other nitrogen
fertilizer. The application has to be timed
placed properly to avoid burning the leaves and roots. In addition,
ammonium tends to inhibit the release of potassium.
Ammonium fertilizers are
to be spread at high application rates in order to
maximum yields with no regard to adverse effects on the soil. Probably
nowhere is the conflict between the mass production of food to feed the
and the preservation of the soil more obvious than
in the confrontation over the
use of either ammonium
fertilizers or liquid ammonia."
And there’s more: long-term studies at the University of Wisconsin
have shown that
acidic chemical fertilizers are causing
serious, permanent damage to our soils. Usually
fertilizers are also highly soluble, so they leach away and pollute our water
fertility authority Garn Wallace, Ph.D., of Wallace Laboratories in El Segundo,
California, points out that the blue fertilizer contains
muriate of potash, which contains
excess chlorine that
will burn plants and inhibit the uptake of nitrogen. Dr. Wallace also
warns that these chemical fertilizers often contain unsafe levels of
zinc and copper that
will be toxic to soil life.
being everything, must contain life in the
form of microscopic bacteria
and other weird looking life
forms. Use of shortcuts is never recommended, and
blue fertilizer, despite millions of dollars worth of marketing, can be nasty
Chemical fertilizers can harm the soil, as Rodale's Encyclopedia
"Soluble chemical fertilizers contain mineral salts that are readily
uptake by plant roots. However, these salts
do not provide a food source for soil
earthworms, and will even repel earthworms because they
acidify the soil. Over time, soils treated only with synthetic chemical
have decreased organic matter and altered
biological activity. And as soil
structure declines and
water-holding capacity diminishes, a greater proportion of
the soluble chemical fertilizers applied will leach through the soil.
increasing amounts of chemicals will be needed to
feed the plants."
Feed the soil – if you feed the soil,
it will improve the soil’s texture, stimulate microbial
life, and help prevent disease, all the while giving your plants plenty
of nutrients to feed
Plants want to live off of the nutrients in the soil, not some blue
chemical concoction. If
you feed your soil, then
your plants will eat well, they will have good beds to thrive in,
and they will produce healthy fruits and vegetables.
Remember, all synthetic chemical fertilizers contain poisons,
pollute water, destroy
microbes in the soil, burn
roots unless heavily watered, require constant watering,
contain less micro-nutrition and are heavily laden with salt.
THE CHOICE IS CLEAR –
ORGANIC IS BETTER!
Rodale Press - one of the world's largest
publishers of health and fitness related books
magazines, including publications on organic gardening
All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. 1992, Rodale Press, Inc.
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