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 Post subject: Manure based fertilizers
PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2004 11:32 am 
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I've been using Bioform Dry exclusively since moving to this location and have been happy with it. I've recently had my soil tested and it was recommended that I continue to use a manure based fertilizer. I'm wanting to make smarter choices concerning what I buy from here on out based on the soil tests results, so it's time for some research.

Is there any repository on the web where one can compare the guaranteed analysis of various manure based fertilizers? Failing that, I'd like to hear what others here use in order to make a list that I can compare on my own.

As an FYI, here's Bioform Dry's guaranteed analysis:

Total Nitrogen (N)..............................5%
- Ammoniacal Nitrogen (N).................0.31%
- Water Soluble Organic Nitrogen......1.32%
- Water Insoluble Nitrogen................3.37%
Available Phosphoric Acid (P205).......3%
Soluble Potash (K2o).........................4%
Sulfur(S)............................................1%
Calcium (Ca)......................................0.09%
Magnesium (Mg)................................0.40%

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2004 1:18 am 
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What are the ingredients?

I'm not sure I understand what you're asking. What is a manure based fertilizer? I know what manure based compost is but not fertilizer.

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Bioform Dry has chicken manure in it amongst a slew of other ingredients. What I'm looking for is what other manure based fertilizers are out there so that I can compare their nutrient make up. For all I know the differences between brands might be negligible, but if there's one particular product that meets my soil's needs I'd like to know.

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Chicken manure is not a fertilizer except for the (too) soluble uric acids. What are the protein sources in it? If there are no protein sources, I don't consider it a fertilizer. It might be a great compost, but not a fertilizer.

I'm not a fan of urea or manures. I am a fan of proteins and composts.

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Here's as good a source as I can find for Bioform Dry.

Bioform Dry

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Does anyone know how Gardenville 7-2-2 organic fertilizer compares to the Bioform? I buy it from Shades of Green / Pardeners Feed store, and wonder if I should consider Bioform myself ... :?


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I've used both but I've never done any direct comparisons on my own. Someone else with more in-depth knowledge will have to field your question. They sure smell the same though! :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2004 11:41 pm 
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For those who don't like to take the time to check on links, here is the short version:

Bioformâ„¢ Dry is a premium organic based fertilizer derived from laying hen manure, fish solubles, hydrolyzed feathermeal, alfalfa meal, bone meal, and naturally mined GSL sulfate of potash. 70 of the nitrogen in Bioformâ„¢ Dry is slow release and 100 of the potassium and sulfur is certified by organic grower associations as an approved nutrient source for organic farming. Bioformâ„¢ Dry has a pH of 5.5 which is an ideal pH for plant nutrient uptake. (THERE'S THE PROTEIN, DAVE.) :wink:

Great Salt Lake Minerals naturally produces the potassium and sulfur source found in Bioformâ„¢ Dry by solar evaporation at the Great Salt Lake in Utah. This unique mining method produces the world's lowest chloride and salt potassium sulfate material known to man and allows it to be labeled as both organic friendly and Mother Nature's own slow release potassium source. The sulfur in Bioformâ„¢ Dry is in the immediately available "Sulfate - S04 form allowing it to act faster and safer.

Bioformâ„¢ Dry is a non-chloride and extremely low salt content fertilizer ideally suited for applications to overly sensitive or injured turfgrass and ornamentals. This safe and effective fertilizer can be applied at higher rates than normal without danger of turf bum or root injury.

Bioformâ„¢ Dry also contains the important secondary nutrients Calcium and Magnesium for added health and color.

It was developed specifically to use on turf, but because it is so well rounded it is wonderful in both ornamental and food gardens. I have used it many times with great results. I mix in cornmeal for ant and fungus control. It's a killer combination.

It stinks when you apply it because of the sulfur, but it waters in well and the smell goes away quickly. Then the growing and beauty comes. It 's just really, really hard to beat. The other organic products made by Gardenville, Lady Bug, and others are comparable but so far as I have seen it really is the best all around fertilizer.

In addition, the man who makes it has studied and endorsed foliar feeding since the 1950's. I once saw an actual 8mm film he has that shows foliar feeding in orchards back in the 60's. He really knows his work and makes an unbeatable product. The liquid Bioform is dynamite for foliar feeding. Howard always puts it in his top three, along with Garrett Juice. Works for me! I've used it on tomatoes, herbs, roses, bushes and even trees.

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