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As we gear up to celebrate World Soil Day on the 5th of December 2023, the spotlight shines on the vital role soil health plays in nurturing not just plants but entire ecosystems. In this exclusive interview, Gail Briss, the Chairperson of The Midlands Rose Society, shares insights into their profound appreciation of soil health and why they rely on Atlantic Fertilisers to cultivate their Heritage Rose Garden.
Discover how a commitment to organic practices, balanced soil, and the right fertilisers creates a thriving environment for their beloved roses.
Question 1: What Does Soil Health Mean to Us?
To us, soil health means the very foundation of our productivity and the sustainability of life itself. The soil breathes life into our plants, but for this, it must maintain the right balance. Healthy soil thrives with the presence of beneficial microbes like bacteria and fungi, as well as the humble earthworms, and a generous supply of organic material. We emphasise to our members that when planting a Rose Bush, the most critical step is preparing the soil. Before you nurture your roses, you must first nurture the soil they grow in. Healthy roses, like any plants, are intrinsically linked to healthy soil. Soil serves as the medium for water, minerals, and essential plant materials.
Question 2: Why Do We Use Atlantic Fertiliser?
The Midlands Rose Society stands by Atlantic Fertilisers and ardently recommends them to our members because of their organic nature. Inorganic fertilisers and pesticides can harm the natural fungi, like Mycorrhizae, present in the soil, which in turn affects the plant roots’ ability to absorb essential minerals.
Atlantic Bio-Rock, one of their products, comes with the perfect balance needed for planting. Their Bio-Ganic and Bio-Ocean offerings are kind to plants and won’t cause burning. These fertilisers are slow-release, and because they’re organic, they facilitate the breakdown of organic materials, making them readily available for root absorption.
While chemical fertilisers might yield short-term results, they can lead to salt buildup over time, negatively impacting the growth of your roses. In the long run, organic options like Atlantic Fertilisers prove to be more sustainable for the health of both roses and the soil they call home.
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