January 6, 2023
Organic vs chemical fertilisers: what's all the fuss about?

Ah, the organic vs chemical fertiliser debate. Mention it to any farmer or serious gardener, and the reactions will likely be passionate and varied. But what’s best for your plants and the planet?

Wait hold up, what does organic even mean?

First things first - what does it actually mean for fertiliser to be ‘organic’?

When a fertiliser is referred to as ‘organic’, it means that it is produced from natural sources. They’re usually made from plant or animal waste, such as manure, compost or bone meal. 

Chemical or ‘inorganic’ fertilisers, on the other hand, are synthetically produced. They are created from inorganic (in other words, not naturally occurring) substances artificially and are designed specifically for improving plant yield. 

Why organic is good for your plants and the environment

With all the debate on organic vs chemical fertilisers, it can be easy to be confused by what each does and how they can help your plants grow. This is especially true given that if you ask any farmer about which type of fertiliser they prefer, it can spark a heated debate. At Bardee, we strongly believe in the power of organic fertilisers for both plants and the environment.

Organic fertilisers are by their nature ‘slow-release’ - meaning that the nutrients packed inside are released into the soil over a longer period of time. This means that it’s basically impossible to over-fertilise your plants, keeping them healthy and reducing the risk of harm. This characteristic also prevents the buildup of toxic chemicals and salts that can occur with chemical fertilisers. Additionally, as these fertilisers break down, they improve the soil's ability to retain and hold nutrients and water and that improves the structure of the soil. Organic fertilisers deliver huge benefits to the plants and soil it’s used on.

Another benefit of organic fertilisers is how they benefit the environment. Firstly, synthetic fertilisers runoff into waterways, where the chemicals can harm marine life and quality. However, organic fertilisers do not pose the same risk, making it significantly safer to use than chemical fertilisers with regards to other animals and the environment. Secondly, many organic fertilisers  (not all) are renewable and biodegradable, making it the clear environmental choice when compared to synthetic fertilisers.

How Superfly can help

Our fertiliser is produced from 100% Black Soldier Fly frass and is certified organic. It’s jam-packed with 240 million microbes per gram, supercharging the growth and health of your plants and soil. If this wasn’t enough, Superfly is carbon negative - meaning that we offset carbon emissions every time we produce our fertiliser. 

Good for your plants, good for the planet.

Get in touch with us today to discuss our products and pricing!

Raghav Sharma

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The fifteenth element on the periodic table. One of the three main macronutrients needed for plant growth and vitality. As part of the Green Revolution, we started mining phosphate rock to unlock 10X crop yields. As a result, fertilisers today are packed full of phosphorus, allowing our crops to grow strong and healthy. So what’s the problem?
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