FERTILIZERS TO INCREASE YIELDS

  
   
 
 
    Below is a list of awesome soil and plant water additives to make your plants
 
grow faster, healthier and yield  higher than ever before!
 
    There are many great commercial organic fertilizers that can be used alone
 
OR in conjunction with lots of other stuff for maximum results. Lets talk about
 
the "other stuff." Below is a list of additives that will be expanded periodically,
 
so check back often for new posts. These additives are known as growth
 
enhancers.
 
 SEAWEED EXTRACT  all seaweed fertlizers are an awesome
 
plant growth stimulator and health tonic for you plants.
 
 EPSOM SALT contains sulphur and magnesium. Both are important plant
 
nutrients. Epsom salt can be easily obtained not only in most gardening
 
departments but also in most grocery stores that  have a pharmacy. Some
 
people add it to their bath water and it usually for sale at most grocery stores.
 
 CITRIC ACID is a weak organic acid. It occurs in the metabolism of all
 
living things.  It is also an intermediate in the citric acid cycle. Citric acid in
 
powdered form can easily be obtained  from companies that  sell ingredients to
 
make wine and beer. 
 
 FULVIC ACID is produced from the breaking down of organic material. It
 
is in compost and to a lesser degree in soil. Fulvic acid can be purchased in a
 
liquid form.
 
 MALIC ACID  may induce the stomata of plant leaves to open wider which
 
will increase the plants uptake of carbon dioxide to increase growth rates. Malic
 
acid is an intermediate in the citric acid cycle. Malic acid can
 
 easily be obtained in powdered form from companies that sell ingredients to
 
make wine and beer.
 
 HUMIC ACID is in compost as well as peat.  Humic acid can also be
 
purchased in a liquid form. Its like adding liquid compost to your plant water.
 
 CHITOSANS  are in the shells of crustaceans such as crayfish, crabs
 
lobsters and shrimp..... they're greeeat! Chitosans are possibly the best organic
 
fertilizer there is to increase growth and all around health of
 
plants. Use in combination with silicon for maximum results.
 
 SILICON          provides all around  resistance to enviromental stresses
 
including heat, cold,drought and  insect attack resistance. Can be purchased in
 
a liquid form.
 
 CALCIUM        is contained in things like lime, eggshells, bone and clam
 
shells. Blossom end rot on tomatoes is often caused by not having enough
 
calcium available.
 
 MAGNESIUM  is another very important nutrient. One way to make sure
 
there is enough magnesium is to use epsom salt.
 
 BORON          Is an important micronurtient  
 
COPPER        is another important micronutrient
 
 IRON                one sign of possible sign of iron deficiency is yellowing
 
leaves at bottom of plant (yellowing of leaves can also be from lack of enough
 
nitrogen) Iron gives your plants a deep green color. One widely available
 
fertlizer with lots of iron is called ironite.
 
 MANURE  is a tried and true fertilizer since ancient times. It may be stinky
 
but it works. For best results and  less stink manure should be well aged. Can
 
be worked into the soil before planting. One good free source is aged cowpies
 
that can be found laying around everywhere in places cows were a few weeks
 
or months ago.  Use caution when using any type of manure because it can
 
harbor germs, especially if it is not well aged.
 
 MOLASSES    is an excellent additive to compost tea. Molasses contain
 
various sugars and will even improve the flavor of crops. molasses helps feed
 
and stimulate the microbes in the soil. It also provides a source of sugar for the
 
plants.
 
 CANE SUGAR is another excellent additive to compost tea.
 
OAT BRAN       is an additive that increases microbial activity in the soil.
 
HUMUS   is organic matter that has broken down into a rich soil like
 
substance, also known as  compost. I believe that humus is the single most
 
important additive to make plants grow at impressive levels. Humus brings
 
the soil to life. It provides food for microorganisms.It loosens the soil. It retians
 
moisture. It provides a source of nutrients. It does it all! All you have to do to
 
have it is start a year round compost pile using ingredients such as:
 
 
kitchen food waste including: eggshells,banana peels, fruit and vegetable
 
peelings and bits, eggshells (will add calcium),nut shells, stale bread etc.
 
 
Lawn clippings
 
 
Tree leaves or any other vegetation
 
 
Wood ashes
 
 
Tea bags and coffee grounds
 
Bones  although they will take a very long time to decompose so you might not
 
want to put them in your main compost pile. Bone for compost can be chopped with a sharp shovel while wearing safety goggles.
 
 
Cow manure (Better if its aged... while manure is a great fertilizer, be careful
 
about certain kinds of it and be cautious about the possbilty of germs
 
especially in manure that is not well aged.)
 
 
You can use paper but I usually do not because I wonder what toxic things
 
 different kinds of colored paper and cardboard have in them
 
 
BONE MEAL      is made from ground up bones it is slow to break down
 
and become available to plants. Bone meal is an excellent slow release organic
 
fertilizer. Can be purchased at most places that sell organic fertilizer.
 
BLOOD MEAL  provides a source of organic nitrogen. Can be purchased
 
at most places that sell organic fertilizer
 
CRAB MEAL is made from crabs and contains chitosans. See chitosan
 
above.
 
ALFALFA MEAL is an organic fertilizer made from the alfalfa plant.
 
COTTONSEED MEAL   is made from ground up cotton seeds from the
 
cotton plant.
    
 
SHRIMP MEAL  is made from shrimp. It is another source of chitosans.
 
See chitosan above.
 
 
GREENSAND
 
 
AMINO ACIDS
 
 
 
One brand that I know of , from personal experience,  that has a great line or
 
organic fertilizers that contain many ingredients in one bag of granulated
 
fertilizer is Espoma. I have found particular success with espoma flower tone as a fertilizer for organic gardening.
 
 
     
 
 
    The main three substances that are always required for plant growth are
 
NITROGEN, PHOSPHORUS AND POTASH. They are listed in the three number
 
system such as 15-30-15. The first number is nitrogen. The second number is
 
phosphorus. The third number is potash.    Plants need these three in sufficient
 
quantities to grow at all.  However there are many other nutrients and fertilizer
 
additives that can be used to increase plant growth and yields as well as to
 
prevent and even cure problems that are being had.
 
    
    For one example, with tomatos, if there is not enough calcium in the soil
 
ripening tomatos will get rotten spots on them.
 
 
    Lime contains calcium and just a little goes a long way.
 
 
    Lime can be added to soil as a sprinkled powder or in pelletized lime form which
 
is less messy and is slower to spread out into the soil. Lime as well as most
 
other fertilizer additives can be added to water to make a "tea" to water your
 
thirsty plants with.
 
 
    If you add a little bit of many different things to your "tea" you will see your
 
plants grow healthier and faster than ever before with much higher yields too.
 
Just be careful not to make the tea too strong or the tea could burn your plants.
 
Be especially cautious when the weather is hot and combined with bright
 
light.You can choose whether to make your tea with all organic ingredients or
 
to use chemical fertilizers. Plants do not get burned as easily if you are using all
 
organic fertilizers. For maximum plant yields it is best to use both organic
 
and inorganic ingredients while leaning mostly towards organic ingredients.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
       
 
For a page all about composting visit           http://sites.google.com/site/allabouteverything1234/composting
 
For a great site on growing tomatoes visit    http://sites.google.com/site/howtogroworganictomatoes/