Case Study

Market gardeners, Veda Organics found the right compost, free from animal waste

Market gardeners, Veda Organics found the right compost, free from animal waste

Organic growers looking to increase organic matter, partner with Wholesale Landscapes for an environmentally ethical compost, free from animal waste to increase nutrients in their soil.

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Veda Organics found that the soil type they were working with was very heavy and low in organic matter. They struggled to reach organic matter levels required for market gardening which is what drove the need for compost to help increase the nutrients in their soil and produce quality veggies.

They were already a customer of Wholesale Landscapes, using a custom potting mix for their seedlings, but in addition, found Wholesale Landscape’s Greenwaste Compost ticked all the boxes because it was BioGro organic certified compost and free from animal waste.
compost free from animal waste

Ben (Balarama) and Romany (Rati) began stewarding Veda Organics farmland in Motueka Valley in 2010.

With help from neighbours and farming friends, they learned to drive a tractor and when to sow different crops. They are both Bhakti yogis and their spiritual practices translate into growing food in collaboration with nature and symbiosis with animal life. Ben's background in vegetarian cooking and Romany's background in naturopathy and yoga also contribute to the desire to grow ethical, healthy food.

Veda Organics does not use industrial animal slaughterhouse industry waste or byproducts. Instead, they work with goats, sheep and cows to manage paddocks and increase soil fertility. After years of searching, Romany and Ben found the right compost free from animal waste.

Most composts are produced with animal waste or byproducts. Veda Organics wanted an environmentally ethical alternative that didn’t compromise quality.
Our Assessment:

In the beginning, we supplied Flourish compost to Ben and Romany, a mushroom-based compost. Although, Flourish is a vegetarian product it is not BioGro organic certified, meaning they needed to look at other alternatives in order to grow organic produce.
Our Solution:

Wholesale Landscapes offers a green waste drop off service for the Nelson Tasman area. In 2021 they were looking for ways in which they can repurpose their green waste and through trial and error are now able to manufacture and produce a BioGro certified compost from what would have originally been considered waste.

This product seemed to perfectly fit the needs of Veda Organics and now more than a year on they are seeing great results in their soil health as well as the quality of their produce.
What is the BioGro certification?

Organic is defined as avoiding or excluding the use of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, antibiotics, growth modification and irradiation. Organic certification is the world’s most widely-used, secure and impermeable traceability system.

BioGro certifies farmers, producers, and manufacturers to show that every aspect of their process is compliant with New Zealand organic standards. The BioGro logo guarantees a product has been made without GMO, animal waste, animal testing, and the routine use of synthetic pesticides.
Veda Organics use Green waste compost
Veda Organics use Green waste compost
Veda Organics use Green waste compost
In the beginning, Veda Organics were struggling to produce veggies big enough. By reducing fertilizers with compost free from animal waste, they were able to increase their organic matter and nutrients in their soil and saw an obvious improvement. Wholesale Landscapes pricing and the mass operation they run producing bulk compost was a huge advantage to Ben and Romany. With a better understanding of Wholesale Landscape’s bulk compost production processes, they felt they had a reliable and trusted supplier in us.

Although they have had to increase the frequency and quantities of compost use, they in turn were able to reduce their use of fertilisers. As stewards of the land, they are putting back into their soil and the soil is reciprocating.
“After years of searching, we have found suitable inputs that are free from animal waste. Hooray!” – Ben & Romany, Veda Organics
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  • Bark: 7m³
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  • Compost: 17m³ - 38m³
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We welcome pick-up of product by the public for volumes 1m³ and over. Please check your estimated trailer weight rating below. If your trailer is unable to hold the weight of our minimum pick-up volume, please book a delivery. *We require a minimum order quantity of 3m³ for any bark, compost, soil or shell products and a minimum order quantity of 1.5m3 for any stones or aggregates.

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Recommended depths

Typically you need a finishing layer of screened soil of 100mm when working with an uneven surface. 100mm of soil will allow to even out any hollows and give enough depth to create a flat surface

A general rule for compost is to allow for the depth of the current root structure of your plants with an additional 30-50% to mix in with the base. If you’re planting into holes or filling up a vege garden  you will need to accommodate for this prior to filling up

We recommend 100mm (10cm) deep for new bark gardens and planting into bare areas. For existing gardens with some cover, we recommend 75mm-100mm (7.5cm-10cm)

Note: Barked areas for playground impact protection need to meet NZS5828:2015 standards and is calculated on the fall areas and the height of the playground. Please contact us to discuss your barked playground areas

For paths and driveways which are often exposed to car and foot traffic, we recommend 100mm-125mm (10cm-12.5cm) on newly prepared areas due to settling of product.

This excludes preparation, compaction or drainage gravel underneath. For existing areas 75mm thickness is recommended for areas needing a small top-up.