General Feeding & Planting Guidelines

New Plantings

New Planting (per m2)

Lawn, Garden Beds, Shrubs and trees

Mix into topsoil or growing medium before planting.

  • Organic Fertilizer:
    100g Vita Grow 2:3:2(16)
  • Carbon Soil Conditioner:
    250ml Urban Farms Earthworm Castings (humus) or 3 kg compost,

Fynbos and Protea

Mix into topsoil or growing medium before planting.

  • Organic Fertilizer:
    100g Vita Green 5:1:5(16)
  • Carbon Soil Conditioner:
    250ml Urban Farms Earthworm Castings (humus) or 2kg compost

Trees (Application per planting hole)

This should be mixed well with the soil that has been removed from the hole. Return a third of the mixture, put the tree in and then fill the hole with the remaining fertilizer, compost, and soil. Cover planted area with a suitable Mulch after planting.

  • Organic Fertilizer:
    Adjust to Tree size 250 g (1 cup) to 1000g of Vita Grow 2:3:2(16)
  • Carbon Soil Conditioner:
    250ml to 1L Urban Farms Earthworm Castings (humus) or 1 to 3kg compost

Using Talborne Organic Fertilizer

To grow healthy plants, trees or turf, it is essential to have a balanced soil with the major, macro and minor nutrients available to the plants. The soils in South Africa are naturally
deficient, weathered and ancient soils. It is therefore necessary to replace or supplement with organic fertilizers. The application rate of fertilizer depends on the soil fertility and
structure. A sandy soil will require a higher application rate.

Talborne Organic fertilizers are certified organic inputs, which confirm their environmental and green credentials.

  • They do not contain synthetic chemical fertilizers.
  • They do not burn lawns, shrubs or plants when correctly applied.
  • They are not water-soluble, so fertiliser release is sustained over a 4-month period.
  • They are not soluble salt-based fertilizers so do not cause water pollution.
  • We encourage you to also feed plants in autumn or winter. As the fertilizer is released by microbial activity, the plants select the nutrients required for their requirements. Whereas nitrogen from synthetic fertiliser is forced into the plant through osmotic pressure (salts) thereby leading to soft leaf and tissue growth which is vulnerable to cold and frost damage in winter.

Using Talborne Organic Fertilizer

All fertilizers are chemical. Nutrition of plants, animals and humans is chemistry in action. The distinction is these chemicals from natural sources (organic) or manmade (synthetic) as this will differentiate their effect on the soil.

Organic Fertilizers

Organic Fertilizers are created by nature, usually waste recycled from living systems (plants, animals or manures). They are built on a carbon structure and would not have been radically altered from their natural state, for example they might have been composted, sterilized, milled or blended for consumer acceptance. Nutrients are released by microbes and plant exudes, and is therefore not easily lost through leaching.

Synthetic Fertilizer

Although some are obtained from natural mineral deposits their chemistry is altered through acid treatment to make unavailable plant nutrients accessible to plants e.g. superphosphate. Others are waste products of the petrochemical industry which are purified and the nutrient is bound to a carrier salt to make it water soluble and therefore an artificial compound. Nutrients are supplied to plants though a water-soluble solution.