There are so many discussions and debates on this topic and really, we hear so much about going organic.

But here it is, the pros and cons of both chemical and organic fertilizers.

I, personally, believe that organic can be safer and just feel more comfortable knowing that everything I use in my garden is completely natural.

This choice is a very personal thing for all gardeners though and making an informed decision is important.

Here are the pros and the cons to using either organic or chemical fertilizers in the garden.


Organic Fertilizers


Organic, when it comes to fertilization, means that the nutrients that are in the organic fertilizer are at their natural form.

This means that they have not been extracted or changed.

 In this case the nutrients are usually coming from some sort of waste (plant or animal waste) or minerals in a powdered form.

There is some processing that goes into this when the nutrients are packages and such, but really, they are as natural as they can be.
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  • Organic fertilizers break down, as well as provide. The breaking down of the material completely helps the soil even more than just the nutrients could.

  • These are usually very patient, slow release, fertilizers. This makes things safer because over fertilizing is avoided as much as possible, so the risk is less.

  • There is a little to zero chance that there are chemicals in these fertilizers that can build up and be harmful.

  • Environmentally friendlier.

  • They are very easy to make right at home.




  • The microorganisms in organic fertilizer usually require warm temperatures and moist environments to break down completely. This can limit the amount of time we have to effectively fertilize to the warmer seasons.

  • Patience will be necessary. These fertilizers breakdown naturally, which means there can be a wait until they fully kick it into gear.

  • The ratio of nutrients can often be a mystery when going organic, and the percentages of nutrients tend to be lower than those of chemical fertilizers.




 For the pros and cons of chemical fertilizers go to the “Next Page.”



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