What is Organic Gardening?

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This is Steve for Expert Village. Today we will be talking about organics and inorganics. One of the main things is that when you use organics you are helping feed the soil and the microbes in the soil help breakdown the different amendments you are putting into the soil to help feed the plants. With inorganics you are actually feeding the plants with chemicals that are broken down quickly so the plants may grow more quickly but the taste and the damage to the environment will be the sacrifice. With organic nutrients you want to look at what their derived from. You'll want to look at and see are they derived from different kinds of compost. Fish meal, seabird compost, kelp meal, rock phosphates, bone meal, they have different binding agents for their N, P and K. They will use carbonates rather than nitrates and sulfates which are chemically derived nutrients. For instance, you'll have potassium carbonate, magnesium carbonate and calcium carbonate which is a very important thing in organics. You have to have the carbon in order for it to be an organic nutrient. In the inorganic, they'll have ammonium nitrate, molebedate, potassium nitrate, all nitrates and sulfates which are definitely inorganic. Other differences from organic and inorganic is that organic things are derived from natural things such as bat guano, worm castings, different sea and fish meals, and with the inorganic as you can see they're just a chemical fertilizer.