Photos 11-14 years Commended Entry -Fertilisers… Do they actually fertilise?

submitted by St. Margaret's College Girls' Secondary School Zejtun : Erika Esposito  for 11-14
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When one research the definition of a fertiliser the most frequent answer is a substance which helps the plant to grow by supplying the necessary minerals. Yet, one has to make an important distinction between organic and inorganic fertilisers.

Being natural, organic fertilisers harm the environment much less compared to inorganic ones.

This is because; they are made up from natural sources such as manure and compost. On the other hand, inorganic fertilizers cause fertiliser burns, water pollution by the leaching of nitrates leading to health problems such as the blue baby syndrome and also increase the amount of pests.

So, think twice what the best option is… getting healthier plants with some more waiting time for their development or getting plants bigger at a faster rate but causing health problems and a great deal of harm to the environment?

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