Greenbelt can be:
- Introduced into the hole at planting
- Worked into the soil at or before planting
- Top dressed
- Side dressed
Spreading Best Practice- Domestic and Market Gardens
New Seeds or Seedlings
Pots: When planting seeds or seedlings in pots place half Greenbelt Organic Fertiliser in the pot and top up the remaining half with soil.
Seedbeds: When planting seeds or seedlings in the ground, prepare a raised seedbed approximately 1 meter wide and 10~15 Meters long. Cultivate the soil. Excavate a deep furrow and fill half with Greenbelt Organic Fertiliser and top with soil before planting seeds. Water after planting
Existing Gardens The addition of 1~1.3 kg/Sq.Mtre (about 1/5 of a 10 liter bucket per Square Meter) is the recommended coverage to begin organic activity in your soil. Simply mix in this amount every month.
For lawns simply spread on top at the same rate then water.
Application rates will vary on crop type and general conditions. The rate is worked out based on the quantities in the chart below and the existing nutrient inputs. We want to maintain the inputs that your agronomist has worked out for you so yields are not affected during the rejuvenation process.
Following are general base line rates:
|Bananas||4 tons per hectare||applied twice a year, 2 tons per application|
|Potatoes||2 tons per hectare||applied at planting|
|Sugar Cane||1~2 tons per hectare||applied at/before plant of fallow crop and cane and standard ratooning times|
|Vegetables (All types)||2 tons per hectare||Worked into soil before planting|
|Orchards||2 ton per hectare||Applied twice a year, 1 ton per application|
|Pawpaws||4 tons per hectare||applied twice a year, 2 tons per application|
|Wheat||1~2 tons per hectare||Worked into soil before planting|
|Turf||1~2 tons per hectare||Top dressed|
|Rhodes Grass and Lucerne||1~2 tons per hectare||Applied after harvesting|
|Rice||1~2 tons per hectare||Worked into soil before planting|
|Corn||2 tons per hectare||Worked into soil before planting|
|Pineapple||2 tons per hectare||Worked into soil before planting|
|Coffee||3Kg per tree per year||1Kg per tree three times per year|
We recommend that you apply the Greenbelt Organic Fertiliser and cut back the non-organic fertiliser incrementally in 25% stages.
- Apply the Greenbelt Bio-fertiliser with 75% of your regular fertiliser.
- With the next application, depending on progress, you can look at cutting back to 50% usage of your regular non-organic fertiliser.
- Unless you are aiming to be certified organic produce the final ratio of Greenbelt to chemical fertiliser will depend on where you achieve the most profitable crop. It may be cut back further or it may be kept at 50%, this is totally dependent on results.
To determine how your soil is progressing have your soil tested during the above process for organic content. Depending on how depleted your soil was initially the above figures may need to be adjusted.