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 as synthetic fertilisers may feed the plant itself but deplete the soil of vital nutrients, eventually rendering it unproductive. By using quality organic fertilisers, you are improving the soil texture, allowing it to hold water longer, and increasing the bacterial and fungal activity in the soil. These combined benefits support overall plant health in ways that synthetic fertilisers are unable to achieve. Healthier plants are more robust and resilient to pathogens, so this reduces the need for pesticide use too. 

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. 

To contribute to a better environment, we encourage all our growers to grow with sustainable gardening products and to seek out products bearing the BioGro symbol, meaning they are genuine organic products certified by New Zealand’s leading organic certifier. 

You can be sure that our products at Roots, Shoots & Fruits proudly bear the BioGro symbol and have done so for 15 years. We work alongside BioGro to educate our growers about sustainable products to protect and nurture both environmental and human health. 

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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