Restore Raised Agricultural Beds without Seeking Help of Dry Fertilizers

Date : Aug 17, 2017 Author : Nikhil Kaitwade Category : Chemical and Material

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Are your agricultural beds in harm’s way? Is the potting soil worn out after that exhaustive vegetable gardening last summer? Do you intend to rejuvenate the microbial world before replanting? It could be very likely that the organic fertilizer was entirely consumed by the previous year’s crop. Maybe rocket fuel meant to jump-start the nutrient levels back to scratch would not be such a bad idea! The main issue with dry fertilizers available in the Organic Fertilizer Market is that the components take a considerable amount of time to break down. Until that happens, the plants continue to suffer, lagging in performance as they require the nutrients, as do the microbes that allow them to grow. 

A smart strategy for raised beds and small box gardens is an essentially no-work and no-till approach. No-till ensures that existing microbes remain underground and protected to increase the population. This is especially true in the case of mycorrhizae i.e. fungi that benefit plants that possess a webby body devastated by cultivation. Tilling does not exterminate all the fungi but simply knocks it back to halt the immediate benefits.

Whenever an organic fertilizer is mixed into water, it is thought to be ‘in solution’. This means that the nutrition is mobile. Water carries all kinds of nutrients and transports them to the root for quick uptake. As the drench enriched with organic fertilizer seeps into the soil, nutrients are added to depths well below the surface. This provides a strong incentive for young vegetables to take deep roots right at the beginning. 

Dry fertilizers have always been slightly dangerous because they are worked into the soil, then watered to ensure that the particles either disintegrate entirely or dissolve. If the materials aren’t properly mixed or if less than adequate water is used, the breakdown slows. These problems are largely due to the indiscriminate use of dry fertilizers with drip-irrigated plants. 

West Coast drip irrigated market farms and hydroponic growers largely drove the demand for liquid organic fertilizers in the organic fertilizer market. Liquid fertilizers are deployed in fertilizer injector systems that deliver a steady stream of nutrient-heavy concentrate every time there is flowing water. Recently, hydroponics has created many new crops and brands that are available online as well as in garden centers. Almost all these fertilizers can be effectively used in the kick-start planning method.

step simple rehab

Scratch the soil surface top inch to break up crusting that deters moisture. This also opens up the surface, allowing moisture to move freely and carry nutrients deep into the soil. Uproot all weeds.

Drench the soil surface thoroughly with the nutrient solution. This should be followed with a slow saturation of the complete soil mass to remove any dry pockets.

Add potting soil to raise the bed soil surface to an adequate level. Gradually potting soil reduces its volume, leading to a shrinkage that inevitably compromises the root zone depth over time.

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