SFG use of nitrate of soda

soundsideMarch 10, 2009

Hi everyone,

This is my first posting. I have three raised beds that I intended to be organic. Today my husband added 5 lbs of nitrae of soda to my beds. What do I do now? I have garlic that I planted last Fall and I just planted onions. Also growing are strawberries and sugar snaps and kale. Do I add compost or worm juice. I'm so upset about this nitrate of soda being added. Is it safe to eat the greens. I have potatoes and cabbage ready to plant. Do I go ahead and plant. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

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garycinchicago(Z5 Chicago IL.)

>Is it safe to eat the greens

?????

Your husband applied an organic compound that provides nitrogen.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2009 at 8:39AM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

I'm so upset about this nitrate of soda being added.

Um...why?

Dan

    Bookmark   March 10, 2009 at 10:04AM
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jleiwig(6)

Sounds like just another confused soul from all the useless drivel floating around about organics.

Your fine...at 16-0-0, a touch high for three small beds, but I think you'll do fine.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2009 at 10:35AM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

I agree, j, that some of the crops may not need that much N, but how is sodium nitrate not "organic" or "natural"? Is NaNO3 a petrochemical fertilizer manufactured via the energy-intensive Haber process, or is it a naturally-occurring mineral?

Dan

    Bookmark   March 10, 2009 at 12:07PM
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sinfonian(U8b A2 S5 SeaWA)

Your greens will love you for it. Your other crops may be a bit over leafy as a result, but it is not worth starting over by any means.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2009 at 3:32PM
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jleiwig(6)

Posted by dan_staley USDA 5/S 2b (My Page) on Tue, Mar 10, 09 at 12:07

I agree, j, that some of the crops may not need that much N, but how is sodium nitrate not "organic" or "natural"? Is NaNO3 a petrochemical fertilizer manufactured via the energy-intensive Haber process, or is it a naturally-occurring mineral?
Dan

It's mined from what I understand. It's naturally occuring, and has been used for millenia. It's also known as Chilean saltpetre.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2009 at 8:59PM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

It's mined from what I understand. It's naturally occuring, and has been used for millenia. It's also known as Chilean saltpetre.

Exactly, jl.

Dan

    Bookmark   March 11, 2009 at 12:17AM
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bks1

Agree..."organic" doesn't mean much to me. Last I checked the symbol meant that it wasn't genetically modified, but doesn't tell me anything about the metals in the fertilizer or anything like that. Does anyone know if there are heavy metals in Nitrate of Soda and what brand are you talking about. (I couldn't find it in http://www.aapfco.org/metals.htm .) Thanks.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 6:52PM
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