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Oragnic sources of NPK
September 12, 2012
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snorkel4u
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So now that most of know about N-P-K and also since most of us are going the organic way,

I wanted to know the best possible organic sources of these Nutrients.

 

I am mainly looking for (K) Potassium. I read somewhere that Wood Ash is a good source of Potash. These are required to make the plants strong and also increase their fruit/ flower bearing capacity.

 

Your advice needed in this.

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September 13, 2012
12:37 pm
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Hi Snorkel4u

I read about wood ash too. I am in search of wood ash now.One time my neighbor give some (he visited a brick kiln). My hubby put for our mango and grape. Both gave fruit. We didn't expect the fruit in same year for both. So I think wood ash is good for bearing fruits n vegetables.

And N (Nitrogen) is in soybean meal, If you are putting a lot of organic matter, not be concerned about the N since the soil bacteria will provide ample amounts.

Bone meal is a good source of phosphorus

I got this when I search internet

http://www.plantstogrow.com/Bo.....%20NPK.pdf

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September 17, 2012
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"neem cake" is also a good source of NPK

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September 17, 2012
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Parch said:

"neem cake" is also a good source of NPK

- Agree

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September 19, 2012
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just started using Panchagavya after reading in this forum or OTG that it is an organic source of NPK

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September 20, 2012
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Is Neekcake similar to Neem Khali or Neem meal?

 

camaroon123 said:

Parch said:

"neem cake" is also a good source of NPK

- Agree

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September 22, 2012
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I think they are the same though I have not heard the other names before.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neem_cake

The problem with Panchagalvya is that the quality of it varies considerably depending on the ingredients used (the cows diet, what about hybrid cows, buffaloes..etc) , the kind of aeration and storage ..etc. I have not had very good results from my current source. Once commercialisation takes over it is difficult to maintain the process and the quality.

I have recently used neem cake / meal and results seem to be better, though contamination is possible.

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September 24, 2012
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I bought a KG of neem cake/ neem khali for 20 Rs from a shop in Gurgaon. It looks like mud but smells different. I have added it to the plants recently and waiting for the results.

 

one thing I have learned is to stay away from Chemincal NPK sources. After reading GGs earlier posts on tomatoes etc I went and bought and applied them. However the growth boosted but the effect was not pleasant. The leaves became absurdly large, changed color from regular dark green to pale green etc etc.

As for the tomatoes, I havent seen any exceptional difference/ hindrance coz of this NPK, so I guess it suits them better. Just that I am just not able to get the Leaf miners off of the tomato leaves. I have tried everything now.

Malathion, home made paste of garlic, chillies and ginger with water, sprayed on to the leaves. Nothing has helped so far 🙁

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September 24, 2012
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Need to be careful with application of neem cake. Too much near the roots will burn the plant. I have lost a rose plant.

Providing organic nutrients for container gardens especially in the terrace is a tough task.

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