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Alternatives to Chemicals in the Garden

The use of harsh chemicals on the lawn, in the garden, and in the trees is adversely affecting the environment in irreversible ways. Soil and ground water are becoming contaminated, bees are being killed off at alarming rates, and fruits and vegetables have little to no nutritional value. The taste of fresh produce is almost non-existent. People who grow vegetables in their own gardens, or prefer to enjoy flowers without killing the bees are seeking alternatives to chemicals.


Starting a compost pile in the yard or container is one way to supply natural fertiliser for a healthy garden. Coffee grounds, scraps and peels from fruits and vegetables, leaves, and lawn clippings are placed in a pile and turned with dirt every few days. Components break down and create nutrient-rich lawn fertiliser for the grass, the garden, and the trees.

The process takes time, can be unsightly, and will release an unpleasant odor. These aspects are what makes property owners think twice before beginning such a project. If there is a space that is not too close to the house, or a large container with a lid is purchased to hold the compost pile, the odor and appearance can be controlled.

Organic Products

Purchasing organic fertilisers and products to promote growth is a faster and more convenient alternative. It can also be expensive. Results may or may not be better with organic products, depending on local soil conditions and climates. Spending more money is no guarantee that the garden will succeed.

There are organic products that effective and safe for all kinds of plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and shrubs. Basically, if it grows, it will benefit from residential or commercial products from Seasol. This Australian company has been harvesting and manufacturing liquid seaweed and fish-based products for forty years.

Benefits Realized

Seaweed stimulates root growth and increases plant capability to absorb nutrients from the soil conditioner. Yields are higher, and vegetables taste better. The natural properties of the different types of brown kelp used help to protect plants against hot and dry conditions. This is especially an advantage in times of low rainfall or drought.

Learn More Online

The website,, contains a wealth of information including descriptions of products, harvesting methods, and safety data sheets (SDS). Home gardeners can discover which stores throughout Australia carry products. Brands include Powerfeed and the company name. Commercial and export customers are provided with contact information for the company to discuss specific needs.