What’s The Big Deal About Fertilizer?

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Garden fertilizer comes in many different forms: All-natural, organic, synthetic, and more. When it comes to fertilizer, you need to understand the lingo to make a healthy choice for your plants.

I am frequently asked to give a recommendation for a “good” fertilizer. Of course, I do have my favorite, and I’ll share it with you here in just a bit. But before I do, let’s talk a little about fertilizer, shall we?

If you’ve been gardening for more than a day, you’ve probably discovered there are all sorts of fertilizers and “miracle” potions on the market that promise bigger tomatoes and better blooms. But, do they really work? And what’s the cost? Are there long-term effects you should worry about?

Most commercial fertilizers on the market are made up of synthetic materials and compounds. Think of these synthetic brands like steroids for your plants. Sure, they’ll probably work. You’ll end up with beefier plants and your garden might produce better … for a short time. But eventually, those steroids are going to have negative effects on the health of your garden.

Compare it to the human use of steroids. If we choose to use steroids, we might grow bigger muscles, hit more homeruns, or run a lot faster. But, the bad effects caused by steroid use on our bodies can’t be ignored forever. Eventually it’s going to catch up with us and the result will be health problems. And, what happens when we try and stop using steroids? We find ourselves dependent on them to function.

Your garden is no different.

Use synthetic fertilizer, and you may indeed end up with bigger tomatoes. But those giants will probably lack true flavor. (What’s the point in a bigger tomato if you can’t even taste it?) Your harvest might be abundant this year, but poor soil quality could be the trade-off. The truth is, using synthetic fertilizer depletes your soil over time instead of building it up. But don’t take my word for it. If you’ve been using synthetic fertilizer already, test your soil after stopping and see what nutrients it lacks.

Soil Is Life

Your soil is the lifeblood of your garden. In fact, it’s the very foundation. The soil in its natural and created state contains all the nutrients needed for plants to grow. Unfortunately, many of us live in places where the soil has been degraded over time, and important key nutrients are missing.

The good news is – soil can be rebuilt! You can make it healthy again. But it will take time and work to get it back to its natural state. Taking the time to do so is well worth the work. With healthier soil, you’ll experience less problems with pests and disease. And, perhaps best of all, better soil and plants ultimately means healthier food, which in turn means our bodies are better nourished, too.

Synthetic fertilizers do absolutely nothing to promote good soil for the long-term. Instead, they directly “feed” the plant, perhaps boosting plant growth for a short period, but in the long run they end up harming the soil and killing off critical microbes.

What about “organic” fertilizer?

I hate to be a bummer, but I’ll let you in on a trade secret. Organic fertilizers aren’t often any better than synthetic fertilizer. Why? Well, it’s the semantics behind the term “organic.” While the name might imply health and nutrition, it really only means that the ingredients in the blend are carbon based. With that same logic, even oil (gasoline) is considered to be “organic” – and we surely wouldn’t want to dump that on our soil!

Instead of searching for an organic fertilizer, you should look for a truly all-natural fertilizer that’s also sustainable. These fertilizers will only add nutrients to your soil, not leach them away. These fertilizers feed into the entire ecosystem of the garden, creating a healthy balance for the soil and the plant.

Which leads me to my favorite all-natural fertilizer recommendation…


ProtoGrow contains no harmful chemicals whatsoever. In fact, its ingredients are a unique blend of the micronutrients from a very special kelp extract and the macronutrients from North Atlantic fish. Experts have found that fish emulsion is a natural source containing a large number of vital plant and soil nutrients and is one of the best ways to feed your garden.

ProtoGrow will encourage maximum, healthy plant growth without compromising your soil. Instead, it will feed and nourish your soil, helping you to rebuild it after years of damage done by synthetic or “organic” fertilizers and treatments.

I like ProtoGrow because it feeds the entire garden … not just the plant! The soil is revitalized and nourished, and the plants are greener while your produce glows with health. I’ve been using it on my garden for years with nothing but beautiful results. And, my soil keeps getting better year after year. (I test my soil each season for this very reason.)

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