Why Choose Organic Garden Fertilisers?

We live in a world that is becoming increasingly conscious of our environmental impact and the associated decline in our planet’s health. This includes the impact traditional synthetic chemicals are having, with many growers shifting to organic mineral fertilisers. 

The volume of information available on the internet about the difference between the two can be confusing and overwhelming, so we thought we would break it down for you to understand the difference and why we advocate removing synthetic chemicals from your garden shed. 

Organic Mineral Fertilisers: A Sustainable Approach

Organic fertilisers offer an advantage to both plants and the soil. Unlike common synthetic fertilisers, organic fertilisers in the form of Biomin are bio-available, which means that the nutrients and minerals are easily recognised and absorbed by your plants. 

Organic fertilisers typically provide nourishment to both the plant and the soil in which it is growing. This is a crucial difference because synthetic fertilisers may feed the plant itself but can deplete the soil of vital nutrients, eventually rendering it unproductive. By using quality organic fertilisers, you are enhancing the soil texture, allowing it to retain water longer, and increasing the bacterial and fungal activity in the soil. These combined benefits support overall plant health in ways that synthetic fertilisers cannot achieve.

Healthier plants are more robust and resilient to pathogens, reducing the need for pesticide use. When you choose an environmental product like our organic fertilisers, you are investing in the long-term health of your garden or farm. These products not only nourish your plants but also improve the sustainability and fertility of your soil.

At Roots, Shoots & Fruits, we are committed to providing environmental products that contribute to a thriving and sustainable ecosystem. Our organic fertilisers are designed to support both plant and soil health, ensuring a productive and environmentally friendly approach to agriculture.

Why We Recommend Going Organic 

A common myth is that Biomin organic fertilisers are more expensive. However, due to being more bio-available, a smaller quantity is required when applying to your plants. This minimises the volume and frequency of application, saving you time and money! 

Here are the top benefits of going organic in your garden: 

  • Easy and safe application, no exposure to harmful chemicals for your family. 
  • Essential macro and micronutrients crucial for plant health. 
  • Efficient uptake of nutrients, ensuring nothing is lost through leaching or runoff, which is common with synthetic fertilisers. 
  • Create a robust soil ecosystem, improving texture, water retention and overall fertility. 
  • The lasting effects reduce the need for frequent application, promoting controlled plant growth, stronger root development, and improved resistance to disease and insects. 
  • Minimal run-off and leaching, protecting our waterways and aquatic life.

The Environmental Impact 

Whilst fertilisers are a vital component of crop growth, it’s important not to ignore their environmental impacts. Synthetic fertilisers can cause nutrient imbalances, contamination of groundwater, and the release of greenhouse gases. Quality organic fertilisers contribute to improved soil health, less nutrient runoff, and reduced pollution. Additionally, they play a crucial role in carbon sequestration and carbon storage, helping to capture and store carbon in the soil, which mitigates the effects of climate change and supports carbon zero goals.

What are Carbon Sequestration and Carbon Storage?

Carbon sequestration refers to the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide. Plants absorb CO2 during photosynthesis and transfer some of this carbon to the soil through their roots. This process not only reduces the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere but also improves soil health. Carbon storage involves maintaining this captured carbon in a stable form in the soil, where it can remain for long periods. Effective carbon storage helps build resilient soil ecosystems and reduces the release of greenhouse gases back into the atmosphere. Effective carbon storage is a critical component in achieving carbon zero objectives.

To contribute to a better environment, we encourage all our growers to use sustainable gardening products and to seek out items bearing the BioGro symbol. This symbol indicates genuine organic products certified by New Zealand’s leading organic certifier and signifies a true environmental product that meets high ecological standards.

You can be confident that our products at Roots, Shoots & Fruits proudly bear the BioGro symbol and have done so for 15 years. We work closely with BioGro to educate our growers about the benefits of using sustainable and effective environmental products. These products not only protect and nurture both environmental and human health but also promote carbon sequestration and storage, vital processes to combat climate change and support a healthier planet.

Here are two fantastic organic fertilisers to get you started! 

All year round, ‘multi-vitamin’ for your garden! 

Before harvest, helps to improve flavour, crunch and colour and increase the overall health and mineral balance of plants!

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