There are a variety of organic ingredients that are used to formulate organic products. These ingredients differ by the amount of carbon, nitrogen, nutrients and nutritional energy that are available for plant growth and microbial stimulation. The lower the carbon to nitrogen ratio, the higher energy value. This translates into predictable and consistent nutrient release and results.

Plus, the higher the nutritional value, the higher the beneficial value to soil and plant health regarding nutrient availability. The number 1 reason for using organic fertilizer products is to build microbial populations. Simply, microbes add life, nutrients and energy to tired soils. It’s this nutritional value that separates organic from traditional fertilizer types.

This nutritional value can be determined by the type of organic ingredients are used in the product. This value is defined by the “Total Digestible Nutrient Values.” This energy value is known as TDN Value. The higher the value the more energy in the fertilizer to builds soil microbes. In organic fertilizer products, the commonly used organic ingredients are carbohydrate from grain meals, protein meals from rendering ofal, manure from chicken liter and bio solids from human waste.

Listed below is an overview of these organic ingredients. They are listed in order of their nutritional value for plant growth and soil health. This is based on available energy to build microbial populations, the ease of nutrient availability to the plant and overall organic nutrient content in terms of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.


Protein is the building blocks of life, which are not found in traditional fertilizer products. These include feather, fish, meat, bone, soybean, alfalfa, kelp and blood protein meals to name a few. These selected protein meals provide essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. The plant utilizes these essential components to promote healthy growth. Protein meals have a TDN value of 80+ and provide:

  1. An easily digestible nutrition to stimulate the native soil microbes
  2. An amino acid complex that is a slow release nutrient source.
  3. Essential nutrient release for plant growth and resilience.
  4. A low carbon to nitrogen ratio with a high TDN energy level of 80.
  5. The essential nutrition to build and stimulate soil microbial populations.


Carbohydrates provide the energy to the soil system, which helps to stimulate natural existing soil microbes. Carbohydrates contain complex starches and simple sugars. Carbohydrates are an easily digestible energy sources for soil microbes. These soil microbes mine nutrients from the soil releasing essential nutrients for plant growth. Carbohydrates offer some unique benefits.

  1. Provide an energy source to stimulate soil microbes.
  2. Enhance soil aggregation and water infiltration.
  3. Provide bio-stimulant properties and an aid to hormone synthesis.
  4. Provide sugars for root elongation and seed germination.
  5. Aid with anion retention inclusive of NH2, P, S and B.


Manure provides a stabilized nitrogen source. Dried and composted poultry manure (without bedding material) offers a moderate nitrogen source, a moderate carbon to nitrogen ratio and some existing microbial diverse biology. However, manure by-products lack consistency due to their storage and handling. Poultry liter has a TDN Value estimated around 20. Dried poultry manure:

  1. Delivers a source of bio-diversity for sterile soils.
  2. Adds some complex amino acids and ammonia for plant growth.
  3. Provides a moderate energy level for some microbial stimulation.


Bio Solids are human and industrial waste products. These are spent energy products that offer a stabilized carbon source to aid with nutrient retention. These products are generally high in minor nutrients like iron, zinc, and copper. These products are a stable source of humus that adds a good carbon amendment to the soil. Bio Solids have an estimated TDN Value of 2. Bio Solids:

  1. Provide a low-grade, denatured carbon source to the soil.
  2. Supply a spent energy source of sterilized humus to enhance soil structure.
  3. Add secondary and minor nutrients essential for plant growth.


The Sanctuary products are made from feed and food ingredients. These same ingredients are commonly used in pet foods, livestock feeds and many everyday grocery products. This includes grains from cereal and breads, protein meals from beef, pork & chicken and natural ingredient additives found in many food products.

The Sanctuary products use balanced formulations that contain a variety of protein meals and carbohydrates. These ingredients deliver both plant nutrients and soil nutrition. The Sanctuary ingredients have the highest organic nutrient and nutritional energy level of any organic fertilizer products. These high-energy ingredients explode the microbial populations that slowly release these nutrients into the soil for plant and turf growth. Plus, these ingredients deliver a nutritional food for building microbial populations that delivers energy to tired soils that build soil health. This duel approach to plant health aids with nutrient availability and water infiltrations. Simply, a healthy soil helps to reduce agronomic issues, which reduce pest control product usage. The Sanctuary delivers products that are environmentally friendly.

The Sanctuary fertilizer products can be safely used for lawn care, sports turf, landscaping and golf. Sanctuary “Works with Nature” to deliver consistent nutrient performance and overall plant & soil health. Simply, Sanctuary fertilizer products are recycled food that is safe around “Kids, Pets and Your Family.”