Green products for your garden
More and more of us are choosing to use organic products when gardening and there is an ever-widening range to choose from.
Here’s what was unveiled at this year’s Garden Press Event – enjoy!
The Fridge-free Nematodes for tackling leatherjackets, vine weevils and lawn grubs have been updated to include two separate sachets of the nematode mixture in each pack, so you don’t have to use it all at once.
Sluggo Slug & Snail Killer can be used in the same way as other slug pellets but it protects animals that eat large amounts of the pests, such as hedgehogs and birds. The pellets contain iron-III-phosphate and all Sluggo products are certified by the Organic Farmers & Growers’ Association.
Neudorff’s glyphosate-free weedkiller has been renamed WeedFree, with three products in the range; WeedFree Plus ready-to-use-spray and Concentrate include two active ingredients; pelargonic acid, found naturally in pelargoniums and maleic acid hydrazide. WeedFree Express contains pelargonic acid only.
BugFree products are certified by the Organic Farmers & Growers’ Association and contain the active ingredient pyrethrins, a contact insecticide derived from chrysanthemums. It is neonicotinoid-free and provides effective protection against insects at all stages of their lifecycles.
For more information, visit www.neudorff.co.uk.
Dr Organics Plant Pills
Hate mixing plant food? Then Dr Organics Plant Pills are for you.
With a special NPK mix that includes a probiotic ‘good bacteria’ that nurtures the soil, the most common plant diseases can be cured, www.organicfertiliser.info.
Envii garden products
Envii Feed & Fortify: An organic diatomaceous earth (DE) which has a coarse granular construction for slug protection, rather than a powder which blows away and dissolves in the rain – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYBIpbtxCWQ
It also improves the fertility of the soil. When it gets wet, it leaches iron silicates into the soil. if you add it to a shaker (jam jar with holes in the lid) it controls spider mites and ants.
Envii Seafeed Xtra: A seaweed-based fertiliser with 5 per cent solids, Xtra Urea and Iron plus amino acids and comes in an easy dose bottle.
Envii Maximato: This is a bacteria-based solution to improve the strength and yield of tomato plants. Testers reported protection against Blossom End Rot.
New this year is a must this year for pet owners with artificial turf – Astro Fresh.
Early Starter (which I trialled last year and found very helpful with tomatoes) protects young plants in spring.
There’s also Deep Rooter, which protects plants from drought and the firm showcased their compostable packaging – also visit the new website at www.envii.co.uk.
This nature-friendly range tackles rabbits, pigeons, deer, slugs, snails, caterpillars and aphids. New this year is the G4 Lily Beetle Spray (I trialled this one and found it very good).
It actually helps plants to be more effective against major pest grazing and kills nothing, so is entirely safe to wildlife and the environment.
Using a specific mix of calcium and natural adjuvant, the liquid is applied to green, photosynthesising leaves and stems, making them ‘unpalatable’ for the critical period of attack.
Like all safe biological activities, this effect does not last forever, because it naturally dissipates within the plant, though in the meantime the plants thrive and can resist being eaten, www.grazers.co.uk.
New this year from Vitax are more than 10 products, including specialist feeds, following demand from gardeners.
There is the organic-based Acer Feed, a must for fans of Japanese-style gardening.
Keep an eye out for Stay Off Mole Repellent, an organic product that works by giving off a smell that moles associate with predator activity. It’s not unpleasant, or particularly noticeable to humans.
Plant Guard Organic is a new addition, developed to protect plants from bugs and diseases naturally.
It works to create a residual barrier to prevent spore germination and removes bugs, spores and dust to prevent pests from laying their eggs, allowing maximum light for photosynthesis.
It’s non-toxic with natural ingredients including micronized seaweed to stimulate plant growth.
Available as a ready-to-use spray or as a concentrate, Organic Plant Guard can be used outdoors or under glass.
Vitax Organic Rooting Gel is also new, developed specifically to aid rooting and the establishment of cuttings.
It is made from natural plant extracts and contains no synthetic growth hormones or fungicides, www.gardenworld.co.uk.