If you’re looking to increase the health of your garden and maximise its potential, then there are a few ways to give back to your garden and increase its macro and micronutrients in a slow-release form. Fertilisers help to improve plant growth rates and boost flowering and fruiting yields. However, looking after the soil is just as important so we can ensure that the soil has all the right nutrients needed for our favourite plants. Here are some of our favourite and easy ways to do this to ensure you have a thriving garden.
Compost - while there are bags of compost readily available for purchase at plant stores there's nothing quite like the satisfaction and incredibly rewarding feeling of making your own. Making your own organic compost is the most natural and cost-effective way to give back to your garden and reduce waste. Garden waste and fruit and vegetable leftovers from your house are all you need to make your own. Layer it all up and keep turning and in 2-3months you will have the most amazing natural fertiliser for your soon to be flourishing plants.
General Fertiliser - by sprinkling your plants around the base of the plant without touching the stem will give it the extra nutrients it needs for up to 12 weeks in a slow-release form. It replenishes the soil with much-needed nutrients. You can view our full range of fertiliser here.
Worm Tea - or worm wees which is known as pure liquid gold for your plants and vegetables. It’s an organic fertiliser that improves soil health and is also a natural insect repellent against those pesky bugs. Worm tea contains a very high count of good bacteria. Bacteria puts nitrogen back into the soil making it available for the plants to absorb. Make sure you dilute the worm tea with water 1 part worm wee to 10 parts water as it can be high in ammonia which is toxic to plants You can create your own worm farm at home and get the kids involved or you can purchase them from plant stores around New Zealand.