Will fertilizer kill microbes?
I've been gardening for many years. Organic gardening just seemed to be too much effort and, I was never very impressed with the gardens of the very few folks around me who tried it.
My income is now fixed and low! Spending less is now more attractive. I always made my own compost. Was/am I killing the beneficial microbes with the 20-20-20 or, the "tea" I made by soaking a knee-high full of 13-13-13 in a bucket of water?
I have a nearly endless source of fish guts/bones/heads. Horse-stable gleanings are free to me. My plan is to make a good bit of bio-char for the soil.
I've read tons of material on the web concerning organic methods. It seems that I can benefit from many of the methods. Especially liked the methods espoused by Gil Caradang over at "The Unconventional Farmer". He addresses pest/pathogen issues better than anyone else I've read YET. That is a MAJOR factor here in this primordial cauldron here in SE Louisiana.
Anyway, would an occasional small dose of fertilizer kill the beneficial microbes in my soil? Has anyone else here tried the methods of Gil Caradang?