We have just had the trucks rolling in today with our fertiliser. We use a beautiful biological mix of calcium, carbon and a good dose of microbes. There is no added nitrogen in our fertiliser. This biological mix was developed by Peter Burton of Functional Fertiliser. He has done extensive research into fertiliser and developed his mix back in the late 1990’s as an alternative to the chemical fertiliser used by majority of farmers. Peter was encouraged into developing an alternative as he did not like the smell of the chemical fertilisers that were recommended by his fertiliser rep for use on his dairy farm. After much research and ongoing testing against conventionally fertilised farms Peter has proven that his mix of carbon, calcium and mix of microbes grows more grass and develops better soil structures. The carbon acts as a filter and cleaner keeping nasties from growing in the soil. The calcium keeps the pH right for plant growth and the microbes play a great game with the roots of the grass exchanging carbon from the atmosphere with naturally occurring nitrogen in the soil. This exchange locks carbon into the soil which helps reduce green house gasses, and unlocks naturally occurring nitrogen and other nutrients which plants require for growth. The top soil builds over time which allows the roots of the grasses to grow deeper and help prevent erosion. Clover grows in abundance in these conditions which is what is unique to NZ. Nowhere else in the world has the climate that allows clover to grow so easily. Stock love clover – it’s a rich source of nutrition, palatable and it provides natural nitrogen in the soil for other grasses to use.
To celebrate the start of summer try my delicious Thai Beef Salad recipe for your Christmas dinner party. It is light, tasty, healthy and looks great on a shared plate.
Thai Beef Salad
- 1-3 Porterhouse Steak – season and cook medium rare. Rest until the rest of the salad is made.
- Thinly slice cabbage and line the bottom of a large shallow serving platter
- 1x cucumber – thinly slice and lay on top of the cabbage
- Thinly slice the steak and build onto the salad base
- Make the dressing in a jar – shake until combined and pour over the top of the salad.
- Optional: Roast 1 cup of peanuts then pulse a couple of times in a kitchen whiz or magic bullet until they are roughly chopped. Sprinkle over the beef
Thai Beef Salad Dressing – mix in a jar
2/3 C Oil
Juice of 1 Lime
4 Tb Fish Sauce
2 Tb Sweet Chilli Sauce
1 Tb finely chopped Ginger
2 Tb Soy Sauce