The Definitive Guide to Organic Fertilizers in the Gulf Islands
We are located in the Gulf Islands, Canada. These are the organic fertilizers and amendments we use. We have included prices as well as an approximate guide for application rates.
The Top 3 Fertilizers for growing food
1. Mixed Organic Fertilizer
2. Dolomite Limestone
3. Fish Bone Meal
Optional: Trace minerals
Step 1. Choose a Mixed Organic Fertilizer
A) Biofert 6-2-7
55lb bag $63.80 + GST
B) Mixed Organic Fertilizer from your local landscape supply store.
On Saltspring Island Foxglove Farm and Garden supply carries this product.
C) Another good option, is a bag of Gaia Green 4-4-4 mixed organic fertilizer
Step 2. Purchase Limestone for Calcium:
A) Dolomite Limestone
50lb $14.50 + GST
B) Calpril 36% Calcium
50lb bag $19.40 +GST
Step 3. Purchase a Fish Product
A) Fish Bone Meal
50 lb bag $70.10 +GST
B) On Salt Spring Island, the nursery Fraser’s Thimble Farms supplies an excellent quality and affordable fish bone meal product.
C) Liquid Fish Hydrolysate – Liquid fish products are an excellent option as well. Products that are labeled as Hydrolosate are superior to fish emulsions. Available Brands include Alaska Fish, Neptunes Harvest, etc. These are available from your local landscape supply store. These are diluted and applied in water.
Optional: select a trace mineral amendment:
A) Kelp Meal
25kg $103.40 + GST
20kg $59.65 +GST
Application rates for the orchard
When planting fruit or nut trees mix 1/2 cup of each into the planting hole.
1st Year: 1 Cup of each spread in a 3ft band around the tree
2nd Year: 1 1/2 Cups of each spread in a 5ft band around the tree
3rd Year: 2 Cups of each spread in a 7ft band around the tree
Application Rates for gardens:
1 cups per 10sq ft in garden area.
10 cups per 100sq ft of garden space.
For brand new gardens with fresh soil, especially on sites that were recently forest, have acidic soils, or poor soils, I apply twice for the first year.
For more accurate nutrient application rates consider a soil test or sap analylsis.