Organic Sources of Nitrogen for Your Lawn or Garden
By: Julie Day
Nitrogen is a very important nutrient for plant growth. It encourages lush growth of leaves and stems as well as providing a dark green color to the plant. Nitrogen is particularly important for lawns and other plants that are primarily grown for their foliage. Plants lacking in nitrogen will be spindly and yellowish.
Most chemical sources of nitrogen are made from processed fossil fuels; but there are plenty of natural, organic options available that work just as well. Organic sources of nitrogen are a little trickier, since the amounts – and speed of uptake – vary from one type of material to another. However, organic amendments and fertilizers are often much more forgiving than their chemical counterparts, making it harder (though not impossible!) to over apply and damage plants.
Organic sources of nitrogen for your yard and garden include:
- Soybean Meal: Similar to cottonseed meal, soybean meal is a slow release source of nitrogen made from ground soybeans.
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