Organic vs. Chemical Fertilisers


There is a very big difference between organic and chemical fertilisers in terms of nutrient availability and the long-term effects on soil, plants, and most importantly the environment. The terminology itself can be rather confusing, since we use words like natural, organic, chemical, inorganic, artificial etc. However, this all can be made simple and be reduced to just two words: organic and chemical fertilisers.

Organic or natural fertiliser means that the product itself has been minimally processed, and the nutrients have remained in their natural forms, instead of being refined or extracted. While chemical fertilisers have been refined to extract nutrients and bind them in specific ratios with other chemical fillers. These products are made from petroleum products, rocks or even organic sources. Some of the chemicals may even be naturally occurring, but the difference is that the nutrients in chemical fertilisers are refined to their pure state and stripped of substances that control their availability and breakdown, which rarely occurs in nature.

Organic fertilisers are usually made from plant or animal waste, or powered minerals. Examples include manure and compost, as well as bone and cottonseed meal.  These type of soil conditioners can be processed in a factory, or at a farm.

Organic fertilisers are full of nutrients which are being released during the break down. They also improve the structure and increase the capability to hold water and nutrients. When using organic fertilisers not only your plants, but also the soil will become healthy and strong. Moreover, there is no risk of toxic buildups of chemicals and salts that can cause damage to your plants. Organic fertilisers are renewable, biodegradable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.

Chemical fertilisers also have their advantages. Once applied on the plants, you can see immediate improvement within days. This is because the nutrients are available right away. They are also inexpensive and are highly analysed to produce the exact ratio of nutrients wanted.


Chemical fertilisers are primarily made from nonrenewable sources, including fossil fuels. They help plants grow but do nothing to sustain the soil. Which causes long term damage for the soil. They also cause a high risk for over fertilisation, because all the nutrients are already there available to be taken up. This can kill plants as well as upset the entire ecosystem. Repeated applications may result in a toxic buildup of chemicals such as arsenic, cadmium, and uranium in the soil. These chemicals can enter your fruits and vegetables, which will later be consumer by you and the ones you love! Moreover, long term use of chemical fertilisers can change the pH of the soil, upset beneficial microbial ecosystems, increase pests, and even contribute to the release of the greenhouse gases.

When it comes to making a choice..

If you want to live in harmony with nature and make a lasting improvement in your own patch of earth for generations to come, organic fertilisers is something you should go for! While chemical fertilisers will make your garden full of blossoms, give the greenest lawn and biggest tomatoes in the neighbourhood you need to be sure to really understand what is happening to the earth under your feet, and make the choice consciously.

The magic about Ecoworm soil fertilisers is that they are completely organic, easy to apply, smell good and work fast unlike other organic fertilisers. They will not only improve soil structure, stimulate germination, plant growth and crop yield, but also will aid in suppression of pests and plant diseases. Instead of chemicals, they will provide your fruit and vegetables greater mineral and vitamin content, enhancing vitamin, sugar, and protein levels, as well as giving them an intense appearance.

Still doubting?