Fertilizer: A Quick Rundown

N. Sun By N. Sun, 31st Oct 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is a quick summery of fertilizer's history, variety, and uses.


Fertilizer was invented to improve farmers’ plants’ yield and growth. Ancient farmers used ash from burned weeds, animal manure, sea shells, clay, vegetable waste, and assorted trash as fertilizer. These were all used to replace nutrients back to the soil.

Fertilizer replaced…nothing! Before fertilizer, farmers didn’t do much to put nutrients into the soil. So, when fertilizer was used, plants grew better and produced more food. A major advance in the history of fertilizer was when scientists discovered which minerals plants used to grow. Synthetic fertilizers are made now to meet the demands of the plants’ need for nutrients.

Plants need many minerals to survive. There are two main types of minerals plants need to grow: macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients are further separated into tow types: primary nutrients and secondary nutrients. Primary nutrients are major nutrients that are usually missing in soil because large amounts of them to grow. The primary nutrients are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. The secondary nutrients are usually more abundant than primary nutrients. They are calcium, magnesium, and sulfur. The micronutrients are only needed in small amounts. They are boron, copper, iron, chloride, manganese, molybdenum, and zinc.

There are two major types of fertilizer: natural and synthetic fertilizers. Natural fertilizers are fertilizers that are directly from nature. Some types of these are compost, manure, seaweed, blood meal, and fish emulsion. Also, legumes, which are plants that grow beans or dry fruit, such as peanuts, beans, and peas, takes nitrogen from the air and put the nitrogen in the soil. Synthetic fertilizers are manmade. These contain many of the main nutrients plants need to grow.


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
31st Oct 2010 (#)

yup, some say the Mayans were ruined because they had so many people to feed but had poor crops after years of using the soil and not adding nutrients back into the ground.

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author avatar Esther Thornburg
22nd Jun 2013 (#)

Realities fact, yes, we are what we eat. Good soil brings good food. Compost, knife fertility into the soil, "true black gold." Keep writing.

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