About our products

WHY OUR PRODUCTS STAND TALL

Atlantic Fertilisers produces a range of organic and semi-organic fertiliser products for use in the home garden, as well as in the commercial/agricultural market. The products are based on composted poultry manure, which is a one of nature’s oldest and most trusted sources of minerals and nutrients, which will condition soil and improve fertility.

In essence organic fertilisers work in three ways—firstly they directly add nutrition to the soil, secondly they stimulate the micro-biology within the soil which will break down organic matter to generate further nutrition, thirdly they stimulate root growth which provides a great soil surface area upon which to draw nutrients (& moisture/water)

Hence given the ‘nature’ of how organic fertilisers work they can basically be used in any application at any time and are hence all effectively multi-purpose products.

WHAT IS IN A NAME?

The vast Atlantic Ocean teems with a rich diversity of marine life. On the South west coast of Africa, its cold-climate Benguela Current supports abundant marine organisms, fish and mammal species through its oxygen rich waters.

On the African continent itself, our fertilisers nourish the earth in a similar manner. Using the finest organic and chemical ingredients, some sourced from the ocean itself, our products are formulated to improve and sustain biological activity in the soil.

Our company’s focus is on keeping soils healthy and nutrient rich and keeping soil ecosystems in balance. Our aim is to increase sustainability and assist you in growing healthy and vibrant gardens over the long term. We achieve this by thinking more broadly about our clients’ needs, and by adding value. This fresh approach to doing business means we offer you not only the best products available, but also products tailored to your conditions.

We are Atlantic Fertilisers – And like the ocean we are named for, we strive to support the cycle of life:

  • By offering you, the home gardener, the best products made according to time-tested recipes.
  • By helping you enrich your soil’s fertility.
  • By developing new products for specific conditions.

We are 100% South-African owned and support biological and sustainable gardening. Walk with us and you will see how we go the extra mile to support you, considering above all, your needs in our planning and future product development.

Atlantic Fertilisers: Familiar faces bring you professional and personal solutions in soil fertility and plant nutrition.

This is growth you can measure.

MEET THE MAIN GROWERS

SALES

Daniel Janse van Vuuren National sales manager 0860 110 110 daniel@atlanticfertilisers.co.za
Lauren Botha Gauteng 082 496 8388 lauren@atlanticfertilisers.co.za
Suné Harris Gauteng 079 198 8853 sune@atlanticfertilisers.co.za
Lee-Anne Visagie Western Cape 083 613 0776 leeanne@atlanticfertilisers.co.za

DISTRIBUTORS

Mango Moon Kwa-Zulu Natal 031 766 3823 admin@mangomooncc.co.za
AgriGarden Free Sate 057 396 3393 info@agrigarden.co.za
Plasgrow Mpumalanga 013 751 2076 marie@plasgrow.co.za
Hortiworld Namibia 00264 6122 4002 paul@hortiworldnam.com

ADMINISTRATION

Lynora Middleditch Accounts 0860 110 110 admin@atlanticfertilisers.co.za

ORDERS

Geone Jacobsz Sales orders 0860 110 110 orders@atlanticfertilisers.co.za

OPERATIONS

Zandre Hanekom Warehouse manager 082 416 8608 operations@atlanticfertilisers.co..za

MANAGEMENT

Peter Runkel 0860 110 110 peter@atlanticfertilisers.co.za




The full measure:
our product range

Available at all leading Nursery & Hardware stores throughout South Africa

BIO GANIC ALL PURPOSE



Bio Ganic All Purpose is a unique blend of the highest quality organic fertiliser and natural minerals, specifically formulated for the most effective and safe feeding of all your garden plants.

Essential plant nutrients are released slowly into the soil, stimulating microbiological activity, making further nutrients available to plants. Bio Ganic All Purpose also encourages the development of healthy, well structured soils.

It promotes microbial and earthworm activity which bind soil particles together to improve soil structure and tilth. Better soil structure allows roots to grow unrestricted in a nutrient rich environment.

  • Premium non-chemical fertiliser- organic and environment friendly
  • Pelletised for slow, consistent release of nutrients and easy application
  • pH Neutral
  • Composted and heat treated which kills weed seeds and significantly reduces harmful bacteria - pathogen free with no germs, mould or bacteria
  • Improves soil organic matter and increases soil water holding capacity
  • Convenient and safe to use
  • Will not burn seedlings or plants

Usage

FLOWERS & SHRUBS

Apply 100g per square metre every 6 to 8 weeks.

TREES

Apply 500g per tree for each year of the tree’s age (up to 2.5kg) every 10 to 12 weeks.

INDIGENOUS

Apply 50g-100g per plant every 10 to 12 weeks.

POT PLANTS

Apply 15-30g (1-2Tbs), depending on the size of the pot. Work into the top layer of soil.

Available in 5, 10 & 20 kg


Active Ingredients (g/kg):

N 26 Mn 0.61
P 18 Cu 0.06
K 33 B 0.05
S 10 Mo 0.005
Ca 36 C 115
Mg 7 Humic Acid 54
Fe 5 Fulvic Acid 116
Zn 0.54
Reg. No. Act 36 0f 1947. B4844

BIO GANIC LAWNS



Bio Ganic for Lawns is an ideal organic food for all lawns. It is suitable for new and established lawns and its slow release properties help prevent thatch build up. Bio Ganic for Lawns promotes natural, healthy growth of your lawn; essential plant nutrients are released slowly into the soil, stimulating microbiological activity and making further nutrients available to grass.

Bio Ganic for Lawns is in a crumble form to allow for easy application and absorption over a large surface area.

  • Premium non-chemical fertiliser- organic and environment friendly
  • In crumble form for ease of use providing slow, consistent release of nutrients and sustained growth.
  • pH Neutral
  • Composted and heat treated which kills weed seeds and significantly reduces harmful bacteria - pathogen free with no germs, mould or bacteria
  • Improves soil organic matter and increases soil water holding capacity
  • Convenient and safe to use
  • Will not burn lawns.

Usage

NEW LAWNS

200g per m2 spread evenly and incorporated into top 10cm of soil prior to seeding or laying.

ESTABLISHED LAWNS

Apply 50g-100g per m2 every 10 to 12 weeks throughout the year.

Available in 5 & 10 kg


Active Ingredients (g/kg):

N 26 Mn 0.61
P 18 Cu 0.06
K 33 B 0.05
S 10 Mo 0.005
Ca 36 C 115
Mg 7 Humic Acid 54
Fe 5 Fulvic Acid 116
Zn 0.54
Reg. No. Act 36 0f 1947. B4844



BIO OCEAN



Packed full of goodness, Bio Ocean is a soil and plant conditioner, manufactured by composting seaweed, fishmeal, humic acid and poultry manure. The key ingredient seaweed, contains a range of naturally occurring minerals and growth stimulants which help maximise plant growth. It is also known for its ability to retain moisture and increase the moisture level of the plant’s cell sap – in turn increasing the plant’s ability to resist frost and heat stress.

Bio Ocean will retain up to 120% of its own weight in moisture – significantly increasing the soil’s ability to hold onto water. Bio Ocean increases resistance to pests and disease, stimulates healthy growth above and below the ground and generally improves the well-being of your soil and plants.

Bio Ocean is ideally suited for establishing new plants, feeding of herbs, vegetables, flowering plants and for use on indigenous plants.

  • Premium non-chemical fertiliser- organic and environment friendly
  • Added kelp and fishmeal, with naturally occurring growth stimulants
  • Pelletised for slow, consistent release of nutrients and easy application
  • pH Neutral
  • Composted and heat treated which kills weed seeds and significantly reduces harmful bacteria - pathogen free with no germs, mould or bacteria
  • Improves soil organic matter and increases soil water holding capacity
  • Convenient and safe to use
  • Will not burn seedlings or plants

Usage

VEGETABLES & HERBS

Apply 50-100g per m2 every 6 weeks.

PLANTING

Apply 100g to the base of the hole and mix in with the soil.

FLOWERS & SHRUBS

Apply 100g per m2 every 6 to 8 weeks.

TREES

Apply 500g per tree for each year of the tree’s age (up to 2.5kg) every 10 to 12 weeks.

INDIGENOUS

Apply 50-100g per plant every 10 to 12 weeks, ideally suited for establishing all new plants.

POT PLANTS

Apply 15-30g (1-2Tbs), depending on the size of the pot. Work into the top layer of soil.

Available in 5 & 10kg


Active Ingredients (g/kg):

N 27 Mn 0.58
P 17 Cu 0.06
K 31 B 0.05
S 9 Mo 0.005
Ca 35 C 109
Mg 7 Humic Acid 30
Fe 5 Fulvic Acid 172
Zn 0.51
Reg. No. Act 36 0f 1947. B4842

FLOWER & FRUIT



Flower & Fruit combines the best of both worlds; its organic base provides a full range of plant nutrients in a slow release form, whilst the carefully selected water-soluble nutrients have been added to maximise the performance of each application. Flower & Fruit is ideal for all flowering and fruit bearing plants (except indigenous plants and bare-rooted roses).

  • An increase in quantity and quality of blooms per bush
  • An increase in quantity and quality of fruit
  • Increased resistance to diseases and pests
  • A more robust and healthy plant

Usage

Apply Flower & Fruit evenly to pre-soaked soil around the drip line of the plant or tree and water again, well. Keep fertiliser at least 20cm away from the base and avoid contact with foliage or flowers. Apply after signs of new season growth and thereafter every 6-8 weeks throughout the growing season. Apply Atlantic Bio Ocean in winter


Analysis: (g/kg):

N 92.05
P 19.25
K 90.50
S 2.70
Ca 11.25
Mg 3.60
Zn 200
Organic Matter 292.50
Fertiliser Group 1 Reg. No. K10221 Act 36 of 1947




Get your latest dirt

To receive gardening tips, simply fill in the form below to subscribe to our newsletter


Our fertilisers are available at all leading Nursery & Hardware stores throughout South Africa

 
 

June in your garden

The so-called 'bleakness of a midwinter garden' is a total myth, as many plants (whether indigenous like aloes, or exotic like camellias), flower with abundance in winter. Pretty foliage reigns supreme too, as the colour spectrum of plants like conifers, coprosmas, nandinas and leucadendrons intensify spectacularly in cool temperatures.

Shades of green

Colour makes the world go around but green in particular grounds us to the goodness of Mother Earth and gives us a sense of wellness and peace. Create a little “pause architecture” this month on your patio and indoors with soft décor items that have bold botanical prints, and lots of indoor trees such the narrow leaf fig (Ficus binnendijkii), fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata), weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) and the cute pseudo bonsai called Ginseng Ficus (Ficus retusa). All of these are high fashion and very tough indoor plants, which anyone can keep alive, and which are the perfect gift for Father’s Day. All you have to do is to supply good light, a dust-free atmosphere and watering only when the soil has dried out completely, and they’ll do just fine.

Scotch moss (Sagina subulata ‘Aurea’) – a very popular grass alternative which forms a moss-like carpet with bright, neon yellow foliage. Very dainty white flowers appear in spring. Perfect for full sun and remember, it does not like to be too dry or too wet.

Braai rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Barbecue’) – Evergreen and with and upright growing habit and strong, straight stems which are perfect to use as skewers for the braai. The leaves have a remarkable flavour and aroma and the blue flowers appear in mass. Perfect for low hedges.

Tanika grass (Lomandra longifolia) – this tough and drought tolerant ornamental grass is evergreen with soft, fine foliage in a fresh green shade. Small yellow flowers appear in spring. It is frost resistant, enjoys sandy soil, and is a perfect companion plant to provide shade to, and cool others in a meadow garden. This highly recommended grass reaches a height and width of 60cm to 65cm. It’s perfect for mass planting in full sun or light shade.

Flax Lily (Dianella revoluta) – These compact, tuft-forming grass-likes, have blue-grey foliage and produce masses of purple flowers in summer. They prefer full sun, don’t require much water and need very good drainage. Perfect for mass planting in modern landscapes with a mature height and spread of only 30 - 40cm.

Rose care for June

June is a perfect month to take leave from your rose garden as the plants are dozing, needing very little care.

  • Water once a week or once every two weeks.
  • Folks in winter rainfall areas can still spray every two weeks against rust and blackspot.
  • Feeding the plants in subtropical areas will encourage more flowers. Also spray against aphids.
  • Plant new roses or replant old ones if necessary.

Shopping news

Fertiliser: Go shopping for fertiliser to feed your winter veggies. Your favourite GCA garden centre will be able to recommend any of the Atlantic Fertilisers organic products to you. I will strongly suggest the Bio Ocean. The key ingredient, seaweed, contains a range of naturally occurring minerals and growth stimulants that maximises plant growth.

Saving: Water retention products have become very important (if not critical!) to gardeners. The latest products include lightweight expanded clay aggregates. Other products are in the form of granules or powder, which can be worked into the soil to be of an advantage to the plant. Ask for them at your favourite GCA Garden Centre.

Super soils: The latest range of commercial potting soils contain peat and aqua plus (water saver) and are highly specialised growth mediums for citrus, bonsai, herbs, hydrangea pink and white, hydrangea blue, fynbos, orchids, cactus and succulents, roses, plus acid and universal blends. Make sure that you buy the right formulation for your special container plants.

Bedding besties

Primroses (Primula Polyantha) or Fairy Primula (Primula malacoides) are synonymous with winter and spring gardens. These tough annuals grow quickly and easily in spots with semi-shade. They are ideal for mass planting amongst spring-flowering bulbs, for edging, or in containers. Dainty stems with white, rose, pink, lavender or purple flowers appear well above woolly bright green leaves. They reach a height of approximately 20 – 25cm.

Intensely cheerful and trendy too!

The winter-flowering Persian violet (Exacum ‘Princess’) won’t stick around forever, but while it is there, it will capture your heart. It has a mounding growth habit and produces a cloud of purple, lavender blue, or pure white flowers with a delightful fragrance. Keep it in bright, indoor light and ensure that the soil is always moist. To keep a humid atmosphere around it, place the plants on a tray filled with a little water and some pebbles for the pots to stand on.

It is prime time for pretty cyclamens too. The silver marbled foliage perfectly sets of the bright and cheerful blooms, resembling dainty butterfly wings, and are available in a wide range of colours. Cyclamens prefer bright, indirect light. They are fussy about water – allow the plants to dry out between watering, but not to the wilting stage. Rather water gently from the bottom, than dousing the whole plant, to prevent rot. Clean up old leaves and spent blooms.

Time for beautiful lilies

The bulbs of all kinds of lily hybrids are for sale now and should be planted immediately after you have purchased them. Plant them in bold clumps between winter annuals or small shrubs and groundcovers to keep their ‘feet’ in the shade while allowing their ‘heads’ to grow into full sun. Hammer in some bamboo plant stakes next to the planting hole of each bulb to be able to stake them as they grow.

June prune

  • You can start pruning deciduous fruit trees, like peaches and apricots, shrubs and trees for quality fruit, neatness and shape at the end of the month. Do not prune those that will flower in spring, like Cape May Bush (Spiraea), mock orange, ornamental prunus and bushveld bride (Dombeya rotundifolia).
  • Regularly pinch back winter annuals like pansies, violas, and snapdragons to promote bushy growth and more flowers.
  • Conifers grow actively in winter and can be lightly sheared to encourage denser foliage. This is the time (May to end Aug) when the conifer aphid is very active and it is best to drench the plants with a suitable insecticide which contains either Imidachloprid or thiamethoxam as active ingredients.
  • Cut back ornamental veldt-like grasses such as pennisetum hybrids, muhly grass, Aristida juncea junciformis and zebra grasses.

Think about the birds

Top up bird baths regularly with fresh water and hang a few pine cones filled with a mix of peanut butter and bird seed amongst the branches of your trees. Also invest in a feeding table on which you can leave pieces of fruit for those feathered friends who love sweet stuff and might not find it from a natural source in the neighbourhood. If you are not sure how to go about attracting birds to your garden, visit your nearest GCA garden centre for advice.

Inland gardening

(Gauteng, Free State, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo)

  • Plants that are dormant now, particularly deciduous plants, love to be planted at this time of the year, as it gives them time to settle in before re-wakening in spring. Plant new roses, vines and fruit trees and especially deciduous blossom trees like flowering peach, plum, cherry, quince and crab apple. The bees love their spring blossoms.
  • Aloe times! Compact aloe hybrids bred by our own aloe experts, produce wonderful winter colour and fit into even the smallest garden. Look out for 'Bushwhacker', 'Little Joker', 'Peri Peri', 'Porcupine' and 'Hedgehog' at your local nurseries.
  • Mini petunia (or Calibrachoa) is a close relative of the petunia with small, trumpet-shaped flowers in a stunning array of bright colours. These 'new age' hybrid's claim to fame is its uniform and dense growth habit and cheerful flowering performance. Allow them to cascade beautifully in hanging baskets in a sunny spot and remember to water regularly.
  • Don’t be tempted to play sports on a frosted lawn, as this encourages the growth of moss and algae.
  • Water the lawn every two to three weeks if you do not have water restrictions and mow as needed.
  • Keep Clivias fairly dry now as this will initiate flower spikes.
  • Prune vines, plum and apricot trees at the end of June and spray with lime sulphur. Do not use last year’s supply as it will have lost its potency. Buy fresh stock and use only on plants that have become completely dormant.
  • If there has been a bout of cold, dry wind, give your garden a deep drink early in the morning to allow the plants to dry off during the day. Winter-flowering plants and especially camellias and emerging bulbs must be watered regularly to for a long-lasting flower display.
  • Bedding plants like primulas, pansies and poppies are starting to flower and need regular feeding.
  • Protect tender leafy vegetables against the cold with frost cloth.
  • Loose paving stones or bricks can be the cause of a bad fall. Go over these paved areas to replace broken pavers and also fix loose bricks.

Coastal gardening

(Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal)

  • Focal plants like New Zealand flax (Phormium) and Cordyline are eye-catching in a winter landscape. Neaten them up by removing the old flower stalks and leaves.
  • Palms will look much nicer too if you remove (where possible) their old leaves.
  • In subtropical climes, you can feed paw-paw trees. Water them well before and afterwards. Lemon trees should also be given a feed (one should feed garden citrus trees four times a year in September, January, April and in June or July, and those in pots, more regularly with a foliar fertiliser). Correct yellowing leaves with a micro-element mixture.
  • Watch out for winter grass (Poa annua), an annual weed which germinates on lawns in winter. It is normally visible as small clumps of bright green grass with fine brown seed heads, overwintering in damp, shady areas. Remove by hand or use a weed killer. If the problem isn’t too bad, leave some of these grass weeds with their seeds for the birds to feast on – they love it!
  • Move veggies in containers to a spot where they can enjoy the best winter sun.
  • If your gravel areas are smothered in weeds and the gravel keeps on disappearing into the soil, it might be a good idea to rake the stones onto a heap away from the area. Next, lay down a layer of weed matting - a strong membrane sold by the roll - which allows water and air through, while smothering germinating weed seed. This material also prevents gravel chips from sinking into the soil.

Source: Life is a Garden

 
 
 

Healthy herbs for winter comfort food

Winter is all about comfort food and that means slow cooking; simmering soups and stews for hours until the meat drops off bone.

Make your own bouquet garni

The traditional way of flavouring winter soups, stews and hearty pasta sauces is with a bouquet garni. A bouquet garni generally consists of three or more herb sprigs tied together with some string (or use a stainless steel strainer), and added at the beginning of cooking. The flavour of the herbs slowly infuses into the sauce and just before serving the bouquet garni is removed.

The classic bouquet garni is a sprig of thyme and parsley, and a bay leaf. Rosemary is sometimes added. But you can create your own by combining two or three herbs that work together. Use one strongly flavoured herb and two milder herbs. The milder herbs help the flavours to mingle. Strong or robust flavoured herbs include garlic, oregano, rosemary, sage, sorrel, tarragon and thyme. They stand up well to cooking, and the flavours either become more subtle or more intense. Mild flavoured herbs include bay leaf, chervil, marjoram and parsley. These are classified as mild because they combine well with most other herbs and their flavours often become milder in cooking. They can also be used in larger quantities, and with more variation than robust herbs.

Other culinary combinations

  • ‘Herbes de Provence’ consists of oregano, savory, thyme, marjoram and rosemary for adding to vegetables and meat dishes.
  • English Mixed Herbs brings together fresh Italian parsley, chives, thyme and tarragon and is a wonderful complement to lamb, pork or stuffing.
  • An Italian chef’s selection for winter would consist of Italian parsley, oregano, marjoram and thyme.

Healthy herbs for stews

Thyme is a hardy winter standby and excellent home first-aid herb. The variety of different thymes (11 at last count) make it an interesting herb to grow.

  • Food garden: Thyme is a good companion plant with cabbage in winter, and fruiting vegetables in summer. Its aromatic foliage acts as a pest repellent, especially ants, and bees love its flowers.
  • Cooking: Common thyme, lemon thyme and silver thyme are best for cooking, especially when added to slow-cooked meat and poultry dishes, or roasted root vegetables. Chopped lemon thyme enhances salad dressings, stuffing, marinades and herbal butters, as well as egg and cheese dishes.
  • Health: Thyme has antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it effective in helping to relieve colds, chest infections and coughs, fever, flu and laryngitis. A facial steam aids decongestion.

Chives grow throughout winter and the leaves have a mild onion flavour. When snipped off at the base they quickly re-sprout, and in spring they produce purple flowers. Grow them as a perennial in full sun and fertile soil.

  • Food garden: Chives are good companions for broad beans, beetroot, carrots, spinach and lettuce, because their onion-scented leaves are disliked by pests.
  • Cooking: Snip the leaves into egg and cheese dishes, add to sandwich fillings and use as a garnish.
  • Health: Being members of the Allium family, they help to counter infections of the nose, throat and chest, although are not as effective as garlic. Nevertheless, they are rich in vitamins A and C, as well as calcium and iron. Adding one or two tablespoons a day to the diet takes very little effort.

Parsley is one of the most useful health-promoting herbs that grows through winter. It is a good source of vitamins (especially C), and minerals. It’s super easy to grow, pick and use on a daily basis. Plant it in rich, fertile soil in full sun to partial shade and fertilise every two weeks with a liquid feed because it devours nutrients.

  • Food garden: Parsley is a good companion plant to grow in rows between broad beans, broccoli, celery, kale, lettuce and spinach. It acts as a tonic to nearby plants and many gardeners believe it improves the taste of the veggies as well.
  • Health: A tablespoon of chopped parsley a day keeps the doctor away. Besides its nutritional value, it is a tonic that clears toxins, strengthens the respiratory system, relieves indigestion and strengthens hair, nails and skin.
  • Cooking: Flat-leaved Italian parsley is tastiest and can be cooked for longer, whereas moss-curled parsley should be added just before the end of cooking. Add to all meat, fish and poultry dishes, as a garnish for vegetables, and an ingredient in salads, sauces, stuffing and dressings.

Coriander

Coriander’s bright green feathery leaves look like Italian parsley and it has similar growth, with a height of 50cm and spread of 30cm. Preferring cooler growing conditions, it does best in autumn and spring, tending to bolt into flower in midsummer.

  • Food garden: It likes full sun, light rich soil and regular watering, growing well with potatoes and anise, but not with fennel.
  • Health: The seeds act as a mild sedative and digestive tonic. Put 1/2 -1 teaspoon of seed in a cup of boiling water and steep for 10-15 minutes. Drink before meals. Chewing the seeds freshens the breath, especially after eating garlic.
  • Cooking: Pick just before using because the soft leaves wilt quickly. They also lose their aroma when dried or frozen. Coriander leaves have a pungent aroma, but don’t let that put you off. Once you have acquired a taste for its flavour, a culinary world opens up.

Try this: Beef Kapama (Greek-style beef with wine, coffee and honey)

This is a beef stew cooked in red wine with tomato paste, but with 3 tablespoons of brandy, ½ cup of strong coffee, 3 tablespoons of honey, ½ a stick of cinnamon, 3 cloves and 2 bay leaves added. The stew is cooked slowly until most of the liquid has been absorbed. The bay leaves, cinnamon and cloves are removed before serving.

For more information on bringing Life to your Garden, visit our website www.lifeisagarden.co.za or join the conversation on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/lifeisagardensa.

Life is a Garden is the marketing division of The South African Nursery Association (SANA). SANA is a member driven, non profit organisation, which strives to promote gardening as a hobby in South Africa for ALL South Africans. Find your nearest Life is a Garden/GCA affiliated Garden Centre by looking for the yellow and green GCA flag at independent garden centres, and all Builders Group Home stores.

Editors Note:

Please do not publish this information. Life is a Garden is the marketing division of The South African Nursery Association (SANA). SANA is a member driven, non profit organisation, which strives to promote gardening as a hobby in South Africa for ALL South Africans.

For more information or pictures please contact Janet Hancock on janet@lifeisagarden.co.za

Source: Life is a Garden

 
 
 
 

Life is a Garden: Kids Activity for June

Celebrating Father’s Day - hands-on and outdoors

Perfect for those who enjoy sitting in the garden or gathering round dad’s braai, the grass pot-stool will keep your children excited to be seated! They’re easy to carry, they look really cute, and the children can each have their own one.

In light of Father’s Day, we bring you this exciting activity which can be done with dad (no green fingers required!) and the beautiful end product can be used again and again, spending time with dad around the bonfire or at the braai.

To get started, you will need:

  • Galvanised steel bucket
  • 2 bricks
  • Drainage stones
  • Some potting mix
  • A tray of grass plugs (this can be purchased along with the potting mix, at your local GCA Garden Centre)

Get started:

  1. Place the bricks inside the bucket
    Place the bricks side by side inside the bucket with their smallest side down. This is the best way to ensure the bricks don’t extend out of the bucket.
  2. Add the stones to the bucket
    The purpose of the pebbles is to act as drainage for the roots of the grass, ensuring they don’t suffer root rot. Try to ensure the pebbles are placed to create a level that is fairly flat and even. Add the soil to the stones, keeping enough room for the grass, which will follow next! Remember the grass will grow, you can leave an extra centimetre or two to facilitate this growth between trims.
  3. Make holes in the soil around the bucket
    Keep them close together. These will hold the grass plugs and eventually fill the bucket with a lush, cushy, grass seat.
  4. Continue planting grass plugs to fill the bucket
    Work your way inward, planting each grass plug close to the next. Ensure the spacing is even and consistent. Keep going until all the plugs are used, or until all the spaces are filled.
  5. Grass pot-stool complete, just add water!
    A thorough spritz for hydration will be better than watering with a hosepipe or a watering can as the water tends to run off. Spritz in such a way that the water can seep well into the soil and nourish the roots well.
  6. Voila! Enjoy!
    The grass pot-stool can be used as a seat. It is portable and can be moved to a new spot. It can also be decorated with gnome and fairy features, although this will naturally compromise its function as a seat. Add a handprint to the side of the bucket in a unique colour as a personal signature.

To celebrate Father’s Day, make a grass pot-stool for each family member (remember to choose buckets that can support an adult’s weight) and set-up a little bonfire, placing the grass pot-stools around the fire. Add child-safe skewer sticks, marshmallows, and of course, the man of the moment, dad.





News

The latest scoop

A proud partnership with Cavalli Stud Farm




Within the 110 hectares of farmland you will discover the gorgeous indigenous gardens designed by Keith Kirsten and Ray Hudson of Keith Kirsten Horticultural International. It aims to be restorative in terms of biodiversity with carefully constructed, colour-co-ordinated fynbos groups planted along the entrance driveway which has become a hive of activity, inviting fauna endemic to the Cape Floral Kingdom back into the area.

We met with Waldo Groenewald, Grounds Manager of Cavalli and were privileged to be shown around these prestigious gardens. Waldo has been using Atlantic’s Bio Ganic All Purpose and Bio Ganic Lawns, for the past two years, on different varieties of fynbos and Proteacea throughout the +-20 hectares gardens and paddocks. The fact that Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens uses our products on their fynbos and Proteacea gave Waldo the confidence to use it on the estate. Another advantage was the products’ ability to increase the soil’s water holding capacity which is of great importance during the current crippling drought affecting the Cape.

Cavalli also boasts waterwise Cynodon dactylon paddocks situated adjacent to a world-class indoor equestrian arena which is further surrounded by 26 hectares of Vineyards producing award-winning wines and a restaurant which was awarded the first 4-star green-rated restaurant and exhibition space in the country by the GBCSA.

We are proud to be a part of Cavalli and their story, together caring for the environment!

Source: Earthworks magazine





Fertilise all year round

Our products are suitable to use in any season

IDEAL FOR ALL SEASONS

Traditionally, and contrary to the practices of professional growers, home gardeners only applied fertilisers to their lawns and gardens in autumn and spring. No applications were made in winter or summer. This was primarily because the nutrients in chemical fertilisers would "leach" in winter and "burn" in summer providing very little if any positive impact on the garden.

Atlantic Fertilisers range of organic fertilisers was designed and developed by experts to provide consistent and sustained growth of your garden plants and lawns throughout the year.

Remember that a happy, healthy, well nourished plant will look great, perform better and be less likely to be plagued by pests and disease.

Summer

The most stressful season for plants and lawns. Summer feeding will result in healthy root and plant growth, extended flowering and reduced inclination to pests and disease.

Autumn

Many plants begin to lose their leaves at this time. Feeding in autumn will allow plants to store nutrients to help them survive through winter.

Winter

Plants may appear dormant above the surface, but feeding in winter allows root systems to take up nutrients from the soil, in preparation for the flush of new growth in spring.

Spring

As the temperature rises our plants and lawns burst into life. Feeding in spring encourages this burst of energy and provides sustained plant growth.





Get in touch with us

0860 110 110

orders@atlanticfertilisers.co.za

10 Molecule Street,
Stikland Triangle
Bellville, 7530