Give your plants the Nitrogen they crave by fertilizing with organic blood meal!
One of the most popular organic fertilizers, blood meal has been trusted by farmers for generations. Before synthetic fertilizers became commercially available, it was more common to fertilize with natural products such as manure, bone, and blood. Heat treating blood reclaimed from livestock and then drying it out produces blood meal, a Nitrogen-rich powder ideal for organic gardening. And because it makes use of what would otherwise be a waste product, blood meal is a vital part of sustainable agriculture.
Adding blood meal to your soil feeds micro-organisms that convert its nutrients into a form of Nitrogen that plants can take in through their roots. Plants use Nitrogen to produce chlorophyll. In addition to giving plants their rich, green color, chlorophyll allows plants to convert sunlight into energy through photosynthesis. Plants without enough Nitrogen turn ugly, yellow, and sad, a state called “chlorosis.” But it’s not just about looks. Nitrogen deficiency means plants lack the energy needed to grow and produce flowers and fruit. Certain plants – tomatoes, squash, peppers, and dark leafy greens – use Nitrogen more heavily than others. So, make sure your soil has plenty to give them.
At that same time, too much Nitrogen fertilizer in the soil can cause plants to “scorch.” Over-fertilization leads to a build-up of mineral salts that dry out plant tissues. As a result, parts of the plant will look brown and withered as if burned. Because over-fertilization is more likely to come from chemical fertilizers, we recommend a natural product like blood meal, which gradually releases its Nitrogen. Organic blood meal fertilizer helps to ensure the Nitrogen your plants receive is not too much, not too little, but just right.