How we make our 100% organic plant fertiliser

Making organic fertiliser from plant matter can be done in a variety of ways. You can make up batches of comfrey tea or fish emulsion fertiliser, find a source of well-rotted horse manure (check that only organic feed has been fed), or even use your own urine – which is apparently a good source of nitrogen, though we’re not so sure we’d want to try this one! But, honestly, making organic plant fertiliser any of these ways is time-consuming and, let’s face it, quite stinky.

Making it easy to use organic plant fertiliser
However, you don’t have to roll your sleeves up and tackle the messy, smelly process of making natural fertilisers yourself. We make our 100% organic plant fertiliser using the by-products of our fruit farms and juice processing plant – so, the residues of our apple crop, apple juice pomace (the part of the fruit left after pressing), and reject soft fruit from our greenhouses and packhouse – plus a little cereal crop (maize and rye).  We feed into our award-winning anaerobic digester, which ferments the organic matter slowly.

This extra-long fermentation process takes 150 days, to make sure the process is as efficient and eco-friendly as possible. When the beneficial microbes have done their job and produced the maximum amount of biogas possible – which provides a sustainable source of energy to provide heat and power in our hotel, golf and spa resort  – the digestate that’s left over is not just a by-product of the energy generation process, but makes for a very nutritious and useful 100% organic plant fertiliser.

The simple way to feed your organic garden
After being passed through a dryer, to create a granular product that is not just simple to use but  almost odour-free, our Gro organic fertiliser is put into easy-to-carry 5kg bags. It’s then sent out to customers direct – you can buy online through Amazon  or CTS  – or in-store at our Pippin shop or via our network of distributors, which includes branches of Notcutts , as well as Longacres Garden Centre and Poplar Nurseries. We plan to add more stockists in time, so if you’re in the garden retail trade and would like to discuss terms, please do contact us.

Gro has been awarded Organic Approved status by the Soil Association, and is not just ideal for dedicated organic gardeners and allotment holders, but those who wish to use a truly sustainable product, or avoid using animal products to improve their soil and feed their plants. As it’s not smelly, like some fertilisers, Gro is also great for giving a boost to plants in containers on patios or balconies, or even to keep house plants healthy.