I must admit I’m finding this all a little intimidating. All the numbers and ratios and scientific symbols are a little off-putting, and in my weaker moments I reckon it would be so much easier to just let the landscaping company get on with it and put whatever they want on the lawn – I’d never be any the wiser.
But I feel quite strongly about wanting a natural garden. Firstly, my one-year-old still eats dirt occasionally, and I don’t want him ingesting chemicals if at all possible. Secondly, I really want to get the herb and veggie garden going again, so I don’t want chemicals to be absorbed through the soil into the food my family’s going to eat.
There are other benefits to going organic. Organic fertilizers supply major, macro and micro nutrients to the soil, whilst synthetic fertilizers usually supply only a limited range of major nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium). Organic fertilizers are therefore far more effective at stimulating soil life, ensuring plants that are well nourished by a healthy eco-system.
Beyond your garden wall, the ecological implications continue. Conventional fertilizers are often by-products of the petrochemical industries, so those are the companies you’re supporting when you buy their products. Natural fertilizers create employment for thousands of local people in companies whose values might echo your own (since you’re reading an eco-blog!).
I located a company called Talborne Organics and after much discussion of their wide range of products we’ve agreed to treat both my lawn and beds with Vita-Veg 6:3:4 (16) at an application rate of 40gms/m2. (I’m not sure if that last sentence is written in English, but my landscaper has assured me it makes sense.)
It’s been ordered and should be applied next week.
For those who’d be interested in buying organic fertilizers, you can contact Talborne via their website (click on the logo below). Their nursery range is also available at Builders Express outlets, Pick & Pay Main stores, as well as Macro and some main nurseries.