Fertilizer is the fuel a plant needs to grow. Farmers use fertilizer to make their plants grow bigger and faster. If you don’t use fertilizer, your garden will be sickly and not produce well.
There are two different kinds of fertilizer: organic and inorganic. Organic means that it’s made from things that have come from living things like cows or bacteria. Inorganic means that it’s made from rocks or minerals.
Barnyard manure is a good kind of organic fertilizer because it has lots of nutrients plants need to thrive, but it also has a lot of bad stuff called germs, which could make you sick if you’re not careful. Some farmers use night soil, which is another kind of organic fertilizer that comes from human waste—so this might make you want to wear gloves when you’re working!
Inorganic fertilizers like rock phosphate don’t have germs in them because they don’t come from living things, so some people prefer them for that reason.
Do you want the best garden ever? Of course you do! If you want your plants to be happy, they need food. You can feed them by putting manure in their soil.
Barnyard manure is from farms and it is really good for gardens. It is better than other kinds of fertilizer.
If you can’t find barnyard manure, there are other kinds of fertilizers that work too. But plants like barnyard manure the best.
When you buy manure for your garden, make sure it doesn’t have anything bad in it (like wood shavings). If it does, then the soil could get sour and then your plants will be sad (and so will you!).
You can use animal poop from chickens, pigeons, and sheep because they are good for your garden. You can even put chicken poop right on the plant while they are growing!
Commercial fertilizer is a chemical that farmers put on their fields. Farmers can buy chemical fertilizer at stores, and it will give them information about what kind of chemical it is and how much a farmer needs. Different crops need different amounts of fertilizer, and some fields need more than others. A farmer should start by putting 1,000 to 2,000 pounds of fertilizer on an acre of land. Farmers that have a lot of animals in their barnyard may not need as much fertilizer because they already have the fertilizer from the animals in their yard.
Making Money Out Of Fertilizers
You want to know the secret to having the best crops you can? We’re going to tell you.
A lot of people say that by using special fertilizers, your harvest will be doubled or even tripled. This is not mysterious! It’s actually very simple.
For example, in one experiment on celery, it was found that if a farmer applied 400 pounds of fertilizer per acre, the resulting crop would be 2 1/2 times larger than a crop grown without fertilizer. And when you think about it, this makes perfect sense: the nitrogen in the fertilizer is what helped the plants grow so much, and if all of it had been used up by the plants, they would have grown even more!
That doesn’t mean that every crop will double or triple in size just because you add some nitrogen. The right conditions aren’t always there for this to happen. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try: after all, how will you know how successful your crops are if you don’t fertilize them?
When you’re using artificial fertilizers, your goal is to get more out of your land than you are putting in. If you end up with more food or crops than you started with, then you have been successful. You should not be discouraged if the land doesn’t give back as much as you hoped, because sometimes it’s just not possible to get a lot out of an area. Some people think that fertilizing is a gamble; if they don’t make a lot of money on the fertilizer they use, they don’t see it as very successful. But if you have enough crops to sell or have enough food to feed your family, then you are doing well.
Hey, homesteaders! Are you looking for a way to get more vegetables out of the land you already have?
What if we told you that it’s possible to make $50 per acre on $5 worth of nitrate of soda? That’s right—you can spend just five bucks and get a ten times greater return. How is this possible? Well, if you use nitrate of soda on crops such as early tomatoes, beets, and cabbage, you can drastically increase your harvest.
Now, even if you only make $10 per acre instead of $50, it’s still worth it. You’re not spending any extra money on land or labor—all you have to do is add five dollars’ worth of nitrate of soda! It doesn’t matter how much nitrogen goes to waste because it won’t hurt your bottom line.
Danger of Loss of Nitrates by Leaching
The main problem with the use of nitrate of soda is that it’s very soluble. This means that it can easily dissolve and become unavailable for crops. One of the biggest dangers is that leaching will occur, which happens when water washes away the nitrates.
If conditions aren’t right for quick absorption by plants, this is even more likely to happen. For example, if there aren’t many plants ready to absorb the nitrate or if their roots haven’t taken possession of the soil yet (like when you’re starting a new vegetable crop).
When you use nitrate of soda on your pastures and hay fields, you can sometimes lose a lot of the nitrogen to leaching? That’s because the feeding roots of the plants in these types of fields are more spread out. So when it rains, a whole lot more of that water runs off with the nitrogen.
But if you’re growing grain or meadow, there are more plants per unit area. And in an orchard or berry patch, even though there are fewer plants, they’re distributed more widely, so there are more roots for the water to run into. In these cases, it’s less likely that you’ll lose a lot of your nitrogen to leaching.
So if you’re using nitrate of soda and you don’t see as much improvement as you expected in your pastures or hay fields, that might be because a lot of your nitrogen is being lost to leaching.
How the Quantity and Application of Fertilizer Affects Crop Yields
If you’re new to growing your own food, you may be wondering if you’re using the right amount of fertilizer on your crops.
You want to give your plants all the nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy. But overfertilizing is just as bad as underfertilizing. You could end up burning or killing your plants, which would be a waste of time and good fertilizer!
The key to getting it right is understanding that plants have different nutritional needs at different stages in their growth and during different times of year. What works for one plant might not work for another, so it’s important to tailor your fertilizer use to what each plant needs.
It’s also important to remember that even if you’re using the right amount of fertilizer, an unexpected weather event could affect how much fertilizer gets absorbed by the roots from the soil around them—and then the entire crop suffers. So it’s always best to apply a little more than you think you’ll need under perfect conditions, just in case!
Let’s say you want to increase the size of your crop. If you add more fertilizer than normal, and it rains a lot early in the season, a lot of the fertilizer will wash away before your plants can use it. But if you apply fertilizer in smaller amounts over time instead of in one big hit, that’ll help prevent waste.
If the weather’s been dry and there’s no rain to wash away fertilizer, your plants might absorb more than they need—and that means there could be too much straw in your cereal grains or giant roots in your sugar beets. (And nobody wants that!)
When you’re planting, it’s important to make sure you know how much fertilizer to use. Sometimes if you use too much, it can actually harm your plants. You have to make the right amount of fertilizer for the plant and the purpose in view for its growth.
Another thing to be aware of is that plants need more than just nitrogen. Nitrogen is an important part of a plant’s food, but there are other elements that are essential to a plant’s growth and health, too. If you use only nitrogen as fertilizers, your plants won’t grow well. The best results from using fertilizers come from using enough of all the necessary minerals so that the plant has everything it needs to grow well.