Organic Fertiliser - Hoof & Horn, Bone Meal, Vinasse

Organic Fertiliser - Hoof & Horn, Bone Meal, Vinasse

Organic, Sustainable Fertiliser

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I have created my own mix of organic fertilisers that are equivalent in strength to John Innes base fertiliser n-p-k. As they are organic they are naturally slow releasing and only need to applied once a year if that.

I use only sustainable organic waste stream products as fertilisers (and they were processed in a 100% solar powered facility). Hoof & horn and bone meal are byproducts of the meat industry, and vinasse is a byproduct of the brewing industry (admittedly, if you're a vegetarian non drinker, you might be better off with a nettle brew but that needs to be made regularly to keep it fresh)

Hoof and horn meal (13-0-0) has a Nitrogen content akin to that of blood meal but its nutrient release is more gradual, which is better for organic cultivation as it encourages less soft growth which is prone to insect attack.. This slower availability also reduces the risk of leaf burn damage and it also contains phosphorus. Its nutrient release typically commences within 4-6 weeks, extending its benefits over a span of up to 12 months.

Bone meal (3.5-18-0) is high in a slow releasing phosphorus which is essential for root development, flower growth and stress resistance.

Vinasse (0-0-37) is a byproduct of the fermentation process used in the production of alcohol, It has significant levels of sulphur and nutrients, including various micronutrients, and a little nitrogen and phosphorus, but is especially high in potassium which is required for overall plant health.

I don't have the facility to test the final npk ratio, so for reference I mix the ingredients in a ratio of 1:2:2. This gives an estimated npk ratio of 6.6 -18 -19. the potassium and phosphate seem a lot higher than a traditional John Innes base fertiliser (5 -7-10)but as we are utilising organic ingredients the release speed is much much slower and the recommendation is to double the strength.

I would apply 80 - 100g per square meter for normal purposes as required, but would also recommend improving the soil first with compost, or simply waiting to see if your soil is already rich enough in nutrients. If applying to container plants, firstly add some soil to the container to get some good microbial action going to be able to process the organic ingredients, and then add

young plants: 3g per litre

medium strength: 6g per litre

Established plants/heavy feeders: 9g per litre

1 KG measured and  then packed in a Kraft brown paper bag for sustainabilty. 

Delivery £5 flat rate or FREE over £100 spend.

We charge a flat rate of £5 for postage and packaging to all of Britain, including the Highlands and the Isle of Man, with free delivery for orders over £100. We are unable to send plants to Northern Ireland.

We use Royal Mail for our deliveries as they have the lowest carbon footprint per parcel delivered in the UK and actually tend to look after parcels rather than just chucking them over the nearest fence! This ensures that your plants will have the best care possible.

Please have a Safe Place set up if possible so your plants are not returned to the sorting office if no one is home to accept the delivery.

We aim to dispatch our plants twice a week and you will receive updates by text or email. In cases of extreme weather or if Royal Mail has a hiccup the delivery may be delayed but we'll keep you in the loop.

We are unable to deliver to the Channel Islands or Northern Ireland.

The LAWNMOWER Guarantee

Healthy plants & happy customers

Your plant will only be dispatched if I'm happy it is healthy. The nature of growing the plants in large troughs means that the root system will be trimmed before they are balled in hessian, and therefore, depending on the time of year, the top growth may also be trimmed to make sure the roots are able to supply the water and nutrients your new plant requires.

Pruning encourages new growth and this applies to roots as well so a pruned plant actually results in a stronger plant.

The LAWNMOWER guarantee.

If you're not happy with your plants for any reason, even if you've run them over with your lawnmower, just pop them in a box (the plants, not the mower!) and post them back to us within 90 days for a replacement or refund.

If your plant is typically expected to live through a winter (e.g a hardy perennial or shrub) then the LAWNMOWER guarantee is extended to a whole year.

This does not affect your statutory rights.

For full details check out the Refunds and Returns Policy.


Eco-friendly business

Fed up with plants grown in plastic pots which are doused in herbicides and sprayed with synthetic chemicals by big nurseries who merrily burn through finite resources, fly plants in from abroad on jet planes, irresponsibly use peat and coir, kill any insect nearby with non-selective pesticides and generally only think of the bottom line?

So are we!

How we grow plants sustainably

Our plants are started in coldframes or inside our house, grown-on woodfibre pots or in reclaimed wooden troughs which are then carefully harvested and balled and burlapped (hessian wrap securing the rootball), before packing plastic free in a eco cardboard box from a certified B-corp carbon neutral supplier.

Sustainable and organic compost & fertiliser

Our Soil Association certified organic compost is bought in bulk without plastic bags from Dalefoot Compost, and consists of sheep wool, bracken and comfrey. This naturally feeds the plants for 12 months. If supplemental feeding is required we only use our own special blend of organic fertilisers (bone meal, hoof & horn and vinaase) which have been processed with solar energy.

Carbon Neutral business

The small amount of electricity we use is from renewable sources and we irrigate our plants with stored water we have harvested. Plus, we are using our house and land for more than one purpose, preventing further land use and utilising the sunk carbon cost of the building rather than creating more.

We have partnered with Carbon Neutral Britain to offset our emissions, and recognise that we are not in control of all parts of the supply chain so have fully offset scopes 1, 2 and 3 to take that in to account - so that's all emissions connected to our business, from the farts coming out of the back of the sheep, to the carbon dioxide from the delivery van outside your door.

We don't just offset and carry on, ALL the decisions we make work to reduce emissions - for instance we use Royal Mail to post our plants as they have by far the lowest carbon footprint per parcel delivered in the UK.

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