Definition of Miracle-Gro®Categorized under "General"
Definition as written by darius:
From Organic Gardening Magazine, July/August 2000 Issue.
Miracle-Gro is a synthetic fertilizer that contains ammonium phosphate and several other chemicals that can be toxic to your soil and plants. It is prohibited from use in certified-organic farming. Here’s what soil expert Robert Parnes, Ph.D., says in his book Fertile Soil: "[Ammonium fertilizer] acidifies the soil, and thus it is probably more harmful to soil organisms than any other nitrogen fertilizer . . . . The application has to be timed carefully and placed properly to avoid burning the leaves and roots . . . . In addition, ammonium tends to inhibit the release of . . . potassium . . . Ammonium fertilizers are deliberately manufactured to be spread at high application rates in order to obtain maximum yields with no regard to adverse effects on the soil. Probably nowhere is the conflict between the mass production of food to feed the world and the preservation of the soil more obvious than in the confrontation over the use of either ammonium fertilizers or liquid ammonia."
And there’s more: long-term studies at the University of Wisconsin have shown that acidic chemical fertilizers are causing serious, permanent damage to our soils. Usually these fertilizers are also highly soluble, so they leach away and pollute our water systems, too. Soil fertility authority Garn Wallace, Ph.D., of Wallace Laboratories in El Segundo, California, points out that Miracle-Gro contains muriate of potash, which contains excess chlorine that will burn plants and inhibit the uptake of nitrogen. Dr. Wallace also warns that products such as Miracle-Gro often contain unsafe levels of zinc and copper that will be toxic to soil life.
And if all that’s not enough to convince you to avoid this stuff, consider this: you have to mix Miracle-Gro with water and apply it ever "7 to 14 days." If you opt to fertilize organically, on the other hand, all you have to do is mix a ½-inch layer of grass clippings into your beds before each crop. As the grass decomposes, it will improve your soil’s texture and stimulate microbial life and help prevent disease, all while releasing plenty of nutrients to feed your plants. (For full details on organic fertilizers, see "How to Fertilize Your Garden," Organic Gardening, July/August 2000.)
-KATHY BAUMGARTNER, Fremont, Michigan
And in Closing I Must Add...
"Real Gardeners Grow Without Miracles!"
Definition as written by Terry:
The most famous name-brand version of granulated, water-soluble fertilizer. There are several different formulas, for acid-loving plants, tomatoes, vegetables, houseplants, etc.
Recently, several brands of potting soil and seed-starting media have begun adding Miracle-Gro or other similar brands to the packaged mixes. Personally I don't care for this "improvement", especially in the seed-starting mix. Seeds don't need fertilizer to germinate, and I'd rather fertilize my seedlings at the strength and frequency I determine is best for their needs.
Gardeners should be especially mindful when fertilizing houseplants or other container-grown plants if they use potting soil with fertilizer; it's very easy to over-fertilize.
Definition as written by sharpen:
Comes in a blue crystaline powder which is added at approx 10ml:4lrt water, so a teaspoon per watering can. Disolves immediately into the water (will dye your fingers and clothes blue too). I have found that this fertiliser to be very easy to use, economical ~£6 for a tube containing 4 big bags of the stuff - lasts me a couple of years each time. I\'ve read about the down-sides of using this product but I think that for those new at the hobby this product will give almost immediate results for them and perhaps help increase the numbers of people to gardening who otherwise might find getting things to grow a little frustrating.
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