Three ways to ensure your home garden is getting enough Nitrogen

As a home gardener, you will be aware of the importance of ensuring your plants are getting enough of the three macronutrients required for vigorous, healthy growth – Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium, usually referred to as NPK.  In this blog, we’re focusing on Nitrogen, used by plants in large amounts for development and reproduction.

Nitrogen fertilisers have numerous roles, including increasing protein content and producing chlorophyll used in photosynthesis. Without proteins, plants will wither and die. Without chlorophyll, plants are unable to photosynthesise and create starches and sugars used for food.

Read on for our suggestions to ensure your garden is getting sufficient Nitrogen: 

1. Adding Manure 

The addition of manure (obtained from chickens, horses or cows) is a traditional and sustainable gardening method of boosting Nitrogen in soil and is considered an organic fertiliser.  As the manure breaks down via biology, Nitrogen becomes available to plants  

It is important to remember that fresh manure should be composted or rotted for at least 6 months before it is used in your garden.  This is to ensure that any weed seeds, larvae or pathogens are killed off prior to use.

Manure has varying amounts of available Nitrogen. Chicken manure has a high Nitrogen content, but cows’ manure doesn’t. Understanding the amount of Nitrogen in manure will allow you to ensure a more consistent supply of Nitrogen from this important form of raw material as it will continue to increase the active organic matter in your soil, feeding microbiology and boosting overall soil and plant health.

2. Compost and mulch 

Composting is another sustainable approach to boost nitrogen levels in your garden. You can compost right from your kitchen at home by using fruit and vegetable scraps, and plant trimmings. 

Additionally, mulch can be applied to garden beds; grass clippings, leaves or straw can help to retain moisture, suppress weeds and will gradually release nitrogen via decomposition.  

Together, composting and mulching can be used to maintain the nitrogen balance in your garden, however, the levels are quite low and require large amounts to be as effective as a concentrated organic fertiliser. 

Learn more about composting at home by reading our blog here.

3.  Roots Shoots & Fruits BIOMIN Booster  

If you are looking for a reliable, fast-acting, organic mineral fertiliser that will provide your garden with good levels of Nitrogen and other important trace minerals, BIOMIN Booster is the answer.

BIOMIN Booster, a multi-mineral organic fertiliser, contains all the trace minerals required for healthy plants and healthy soil, as well as 4% highly available Nitrogen (as Amino Acid) to ensure a sufficient supply all year round.

The beauty of BIOMIN Booster is that it is easily absorbed by plants and can be applied as a soil or foliar spray, so simple!

BIOMIN Booster, is perfect for a sustainable garden as it is suitable for all plants, flowers and trees at all stages of growth and can benefit your garden by:

  • Balancing Nitrogen nutrition and supply all essential trace elements 
  • Increasing the overall health and mineral balance of plants. 
  • Preventing plant and fruit susceptibility to disease. 
  • Improve yields, fruit and vegetable quality. 

Save time, energy and resources and feel good about having a sustainable garden with just one product! Shop our BIOMIN Booster here. 

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