BROCCOLI BILLY in Cedar Key
I spend a lot of time on research, as I should, and always discover something new. I’m not a supporter of ‘organic’ gardening and some new information I just learned further supports my position on this subject. I was reading about plant root structure and the different type of cells that there are, to find out these root cells absorb chemical ions of various types.
So let’s say for example I had two gardens; one with chemical fertilizer and one that is fertilized with buffalo chips (no not potato chips as there is a buffalo chip throwing contest out west) along with grass clippings, bone meal, dried blood, and anything else you like. You could even use horse feathers if you wish. Organic nutrients are designed to release their value over long periods of time which is fine for very long term plants such as shrubs and trees. Most of our vegetable crops are short term plants and are grown in a single year. This could imply that not enough nutrition is available and stunts these short term plants thus reducing yield.
Now my chemical fertilized garden allows me to put more than the needed amounts of nutrition. The plants use the maximum amounts needed and disregard the rest. Excessive fertilizer can be toxic so don’t think more is better. My lettuce is a 45 day crop so they demand as much as they need and they get it. The USDA has done extensive chemical analysis between organic and non-organic plants out of my imaginary gardens and no difference is evident! This relates to plants of the same type.
The UF testing lab offers basic sap test analysis of most any type of plant you like. It gives you an analysis of a whole range of chemicals and can even tell you how to adjust you fertilizer to match plant requirements. My first wife wanted me to meet certain requirements and I guess I didn’t do to well. I think that if organic nutrients were different from chemical nutrients it would make the plants different. Now think about that!
Eons of ions . . . . . Broccoli Billy
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