N, P, K Program
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|Making The Transition
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Traditional To Organic Overview
Back to Basics using Modern
the fundamental difference between traditional N, P, K Programs and Organic
In traditional N, P, K
programs the primary function of the soil is to hold the plant upright so the
applicator can inundate the plant with chemical fertilizers and pesticides,
thereby perpetuating a vicious cycle! In organic programs you feed the soil
first the plant second! Your goal is to create the ideal soil environment, one
that is biologically active, for the particular plant type you are growing /
What is the vicious
When you apply inorganic
fertilizers you push excessive, unnatural growth. This excessive growth
actually brings on insect and disease problems. It is then necessary to apply
pesticides (insecticides & fungicides) to bring these manifestations under
control. Furthermore the pesticides and inorganic fertilizers negatively impact
the beneficial microbial populations in the soil, which naturally protect
plants from disease and promote healthy sustained
How do you break the cycle?
The first step to breaking
the cycle is to re-establish the biological activity in the soil, or to
bioremediate the soil. This is accomplished by introducing beneficial bacteria,
actinomycetes and fungi into the soil. They will protect the plant from
pathogenic microorganisms (soil & foliar), minimize nutrient leaching, aid
in nutrient cycling and absorption, improve soil structure, solubilize minerals
(including phosphorous) for plant availability, produce natural plant growth
hormones, enhance plant growth, increase soil buffering properties and reduce
the negative effects of environmental stress.
The older organic methods relied
on composted manure to provide the necessary biological activity in the soil.
Today, with the advances in soil management, these beneficial bacteria and
fungi are available in scientifically formulated, highly effective, easy to use
THAT IS WHERE YOU
I have insect problems what can I use other than synthetic chemical
There are a number of
environmentally friendly alternatives to safely control insect populations.
(soaps, oils, beneficial insects, BT, milky spore, beneficial nematodes) Both
K-Neem and Organocide are
highly effective in effectively managing a wide range of
Doesn't it take years for organic programs
No. That is a misconception
that has been perpetuated by the chemical industry it is simply not true. The
switch can be successfully achieved in one growing season or less. It is true
that there is a transition period when your chemically dependant plants go
through withdrawal, the secret again is to get enough beneficial bacteria,
actinomycetes & fungi into the soil and on the foliage to compensate for
the removal of pesticides!
While initially an organic
program might appear to cost a little more to implement, in the end it is
cheaper. Standard cultural practices (inorganic fertilizers & pesticides)
are counter productive (Law of Diminishing Returns).
Organic / Sustainable Programs
allow you to use less product over time!