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snorkel4u
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June 27, 2012 - 4:53 pm
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I guess I am posting this query in the right sub-forum, else mods may remove it to misc. 

 

My question is - I am confused between different kinds of organic fertilizers

viz. Dried Cow dung (manure?) v/s Vermi culture v/s vermi compost v/s Organic compost.

 

I have myself come across 2 varieties so far. 

First it is those colored yellow orange green 5KG packets sold in local nurseries. They call it Compost. Sells for around 50 bucks a packet. 

Then there is cow dung manure, which is dried, blackish cow dung - sells for 40Rs for a Gunny bag. 

And then third - which I bought recently from a beej shop. Is called Vermi culture. It smells of black mud in the rains with earthworms in it. its got a lot of small balls of mud as well...which you could crumble with your fingers. 

 

GG, could you come to the rescue and help me with what is what? 

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June 28, 2012 - 9:44 am
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Hi Snorkel,

 

What is the confusing part?

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June 28, 2012 - 12:39 pm
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well I am confused about which one is the right thing. Do all the three exist? 

If yes, Which one should be used when? And in what quantities?

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Yes they all exist.

Vermicompost - It is composting by means of using worms such as earthworms.

Organic Compost - It is composted by bacteria.

Cow Manure - You know what it is, don't you?

 

All three are slow releasing fertilizers so you can be little off as far ratios are concerned. If you have access to all three then I suggest take them in equal proportions and mix them well. To this add equal quantities of cocopeat and red soil if possible.

The reason I suggest mixing all three fertilizers is that each of them will have different ratios of nutrients. Unlike chemical fertilizers one cannot be sure of the nutrient ratios and content (in terms of PPM) wit organic fertilizers. By mixing all the fertilizers we try to get a combination of nutrients.

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Thanks Sri, and what about Vermi culture. You aware about anything as such?

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Vermiculture, per the name, it should mean earth worm culture. I have no idea about this. Again, people market this with different names. Go with what Srikanth mentioned, mix all of them together and use it. you will be fine.

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So I have only 2 of the above things. Vermicompost and Cowdung manure. I mix them with coco peat as medium. Results yet to be seen. 

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