Gardeners are often surprised that I consider using the wrong fertilizers more of a problem than the use of toxic chemical pesticides.

High-nitrogen synthetic fertilizers hurt the main thing we are trying to improve: the life and the health of the soil.

Artificial salt fertilizers hurt the soil with every application. They also volatilize and become air pollution, wash away in rains, and leach through the soil to contaminate the water stream. They damage microorganisms in the soil when they stay put.

GoodNatured is of the best Texas-made organic fertilizer choices. (Howard Garrett/Howard Garrett)
GoodNatured is of the best Texas-made organic fertilizer choices.

Stronger root systems

Organic fertilizers, on the other hand, work better in every way. They don’t volatilize into air pollution, wash away easily or leach down to the water stream, but there’s more. Organic fertilizers are gentle and build the health of the soil with every application. The volume of fertilizer needed actually goes down with time. More and more is needed with the synthetic stuff.

Plants under organic fertility have larger and stronger root systems and are much more efficient at getting the proper nutrients, trace minerals, enzymes and microbes into the plants. As a result, plants have more carbohydrates which means less stress, fewer pest problems and better taste in food crops. Another great advantage of organic fertility is about a 50 percent reduction in irrigation needs. Plus, organic gardening is just…