Could you prosper on a strict diet of vitamin pills? No, and neither could a plant. That’s one reason why synthetic chemical fertilizers are far inferior to organics such as compost and manures, including BuffaLoam, the only packaged bison compost plant food on the market today.
Ted Smith, a Certified Indoor Gardener and instructor at Pam’s Gardens in Lakewood, Colorado, prefers organic fertilizers to synthetic because “they have higher nutritional value, supplying valuable trace minerals.” In addition, the organic matter provides an ideal medium for plant roots to use the nutrients in fertilizer fully. “Organic fertilizer provides natural stressors and makes the plant go through more processes,” Smith points out. It acts like food and exercise to build a healthier plant. “Also, organic fertilizer doesn’t inhibit microbial growth” which benefits plants, Smith adds.
The N-P-K rankings on packages of fertilizer refer to the most important minerals plants need, including nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). But other minerals are often needed, including calcium, magnesium, sulfur, boron, copper, iron, chloride, manganese, molybdenum and zinc. These are not usually present in inorganic fertilizers or, if they are, may not exist in the right proportions. In addition to minerals, plants need oxygen, hydrogen and carbon, which they get from air and water. If the soil is too compacted and depleted of organic matter, air and water can’t reach the plant’s roots. That’s why the organic matter in organic fertilizers is so important to plant health.
Washington State University advises gardeners to add organic matter to improve soil and aeration in its publication “Soil Management in Yards and Gardens”. While manure is good organic matter for plants, composted or aged manure is even better, says WSU. BuffaLoam is composted for one year at the Diamond Tail Ranch in Northern Colorado so it won’t be too strong and “burn” plants, and doesn’t contain weed seeds or pathogens. BuffaLoam is listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and tested under the U.S. Composting Council Testing Assurance Program.
BuffaLoam Plant Food Compost Tea comes in an attractive tin and looks like finely sifted humus. The compost is mixed with two other natural beneficial ingredients: mineral-rich Norwegian seaweed and Mycorrhizae, which colonizes the roots of plants and helps them take up water and nutrients. It’s called a compost “tea” because it is generally mixed with water and applied frequently for a quick nutrient boost. BuffaLoam can also be added to soil where it acts as a mulch as it mixes in to enrich the plant’s growing environment. Either way, BuffaLoam is the ideal all-around plant food for year-round use, prairie-proven since 4000 BC!