Why buy organic seeds? Looking at the seed catalog sold in a farm, you might notice that organic seeds are priced a bit higher than ordinary seeds. What gives? Usually, crops grown for seed stock take longer to harvest. Hence, they stay in the ground for a longer period of time. A longer period of time means that the seeds are exposed to more agricultural chemicals. Notably, many agricultural chemicals have been known to have harmful effects on human health as well as on the environment. Organic seeds have been exposed to fewer chemicals if not at all.
Animal manure is not only a good fertilizer, but also helps to condition the soil. Here are some guidelines for using manure in the garden:
- Don’t use dog or cat manure. These manures often carry diseases that can be spread to children.
- Never use fresh manure, since it contains soluble nitrogen compounds and ammonia that can burn plants and interfere with seed germination. Manure that is well composted or has aged for about six months is best. When added to the compost pile, manure will speed the composting process.