Animal-free fertilisers

Question ...

As a vegetarian, I am not happy using products such as bonemeal in the garden. Can you recommend suitable alternatives?

Answer ...

There are lots of alternatives now that you can choose that contain no animal based ingredients. Look for animal-free products in the Organic Gardening Catalogue, such as comfrey pellets or natural gardening all-purpose fertiliser. Animal-free products are all denoted by the AF symbol.

Alternatively, maintain the fertility in your garden using garden compost, leafmould and green manures. Here, at Garden Organic Ryton we do not use any fertilisers.

Comfrey and other plants such as nettles are good plant sources of Nitrogen and other minerals, too.

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