In our last post we explored the difference in NPK and how it works in organic and chemical fertilizers. We’ll continue to look into those differences today. Chemical fertilizers are pretty strait forward; they are premixed with water or dry for you to dilute at home. The NPK percentages are clearly marked and you can choose when and how to use products with more or less nitrogen as you see fit. On the down side your plants have no choice and will be dependent on the rush of nutrients that may or may not be the most beneficial concentration for that particular growth point in a plants life. This is when you may find Nitrogen burn is happening in your garden or home.
Nitrogen burn is what occurs when a plant gets too much or too strong a concentration of N at once. Keep in mind that plants use Nitrogen at varying amounts for changing purposes during their lifetime. Some pre-fab organic fertilizers can also contain enough Nitrogen to create a burn scenario so it’s important to make sure you know your NPK ratios before application. One sure fire way to avoid this occurrence is to use Vermicast, it will never burn.
Vermicast or worm cast will not and cannot create Nitrogen burn in your plants. It will never happen. In our last post we explained how the bacteria worms rely on to help digest the organic material they eat also naturally breaks the Nitrogen bond creating soluble Nitrogen. This is a failsafe that dictates the nature of the soluble N in our slow release organic fertilizer making it safe for plants always.
When we think of slow release fertilizer try to imagine a process as opposed to a one time meal. Chemical fertilizers are like junk food, a quick form of sustenance that passes through the plant and growing medium to head down the drain within hours. Slow release organic fertilizer does so much more. It continues to work in your soil building new Nitrogen bonds to free up soluble N for months at a time. Our Vermicast does this because of the microbial components it contains.
Worm Castings are created by the bacterial action inherent in the Nitrogen cycle of life itself. The very same time worn cycle described through the millennia in our Peoples origin stories, no matter if you ride the turtles back or spring from the tree of life, the cycle is observed universally and that’s a good thing.
Visit us next week for an exploration into the biological cycle of bacterial vermicomposting and as always feel free to drop us a line to question or discus our products and posts.