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The New Way To Protect Your Plants From The Heat

Physical Plant Protection Is Past Its Prime

British weather is some of the most changeable in the world. While we don’t have a lot of ‘extreme’ weather, it’s nearly impossible to accurately predict, which can make life very difficult for gardeners.

That’s why we have so many physical methods of protecting our plants. Plant blankets for cover in the winter and greenhouse shading and water irrigation in the summer are a few of the most popular methods. But it’s always been hotly debated as to how well these methods really work.

This is why we have developed a range of products that can protect your plants from unpredictable weather more efficiently. We know that by bringing out certain qualities in plants, we can help them to help themselves by managing their natural reaction to stressful situations.

Here’s an example – When a plant is subject to high temperatures its natural reaction is to wilt and abort its flowers in a last ditch attempt to survive. This happens because the plant can’t get enough moisture from the soil in order to cope with the high temperatures.

This adds up to the risk of your plants dying when a sudden hot spell comes along.

However, by changing the plant’s natural reaction to heat stress you can save them from this fate. Envii Chill Out reprograms the plant’s natural reaction by redirecting a plant’s growth into its roots rather than growing upwards and suppresses the gene that makes a plant abort flowers and shoots. This means that when high temperatures come along, the plant has a much larger source of water and nutrients to survive on. Then, when the temperature drops to a normal level, the plant automatically returns to its normal growth and development.

The product was initially designed for glasshouses in the Middle East where temperatures soar to over 40°C. Then, having been extensively tested by the University of Nottingham, we decided to launch it to amateur and professional gardeners alike. This means that, without the need for complicated water irrigation systems, unreliable shading or constant tending to, gardeners can grow their plants without the risk of them dying from heat stress.

Click here for more information on Envii Chill Out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Product – SeaFeed Xtra

What Is SeaFeed Xtra?

This weeks featured product is SeaFeed Xtra.
SeaFeed Xtra is not your average seaweed fertiliser. Whilst it may appear to be at first glance, it contains almost double the amount of solid seaweed than its closest competition. We have also added extra micronutrients, extra Urea, extra Iron & extra Amino Acids to really improve the performance or our seaweed fertiliser.
A unique cold press manufacturing process allows SeaFeed Xtra to retain more of the biologically active compounds needed for your plants and produces a more concentrated liquid fertiliser.

How Does SeaFeed Xtra Work?

SeaFeed Xtra provides plants with essential micronutrients to help promote growth and create strong, resilient plants.
As well as containing all the usual nutrients that can be found in seaweed, SeaFeed Xtra contains a unique formulation that improves the plants uptake of nutrients without having to expend any unnecessary energy breaking them down.
It can be applied either by foliar spray, root drench or a combination of both on a wide range of fruit, vegetables, shrubs and lawns.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It…

Two Thirsty GardenersHow To Revive Chilli Plants

Amanda Dobson – Great product have definitely seen the difference to trees and plants, so much so bought more of this product

Michael – Very good product. My pumpkins love it

How to Make Seaweed Fertilizer?

It is very simple to make seaweed fertilizer, simply throw some seaweed around your plants and over time it will break down and release nutrients into the soil surrounding your plants. However, unless you own the beach where you intend to collect the seaweed from, it is against the law to collect your own seaweed without permission. We strongly recommend buying a liquid seaweed fertiliser such as SeaFeed Xtra or buying seaweed from a trusted source.

What Is Liquid Seaweed Fertilizer?

Liquid seaweed fertiliser is a very simple product in theory. Seaweed is pressed and then the concentrate is diluted to produce the liquid fertiliser. Most seaweed fertilisers contain around 1-3% of seaweed and the rest is water and in some products, colouring. SeaFeed Xtra contains 5% solids, added nutrients and our unique nutrient delivery system that enables plants to easily absorb the additional nutrients without exerting any additional energy.

Is Seaweed Fertilizer Good for Plants?

Seaweed has been used for centuries in coastal locations as a natural fertiliser as it is rich in nutrients, it is cheap and because of where it grows, it is very resilient to harsh weather and disease. Seaweed is an excellent source of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium and up to 60 trace elements, all of which are essential to a plants growth. It also includes amino acids and hormones to accelerate plant growth.
As well as providing essential micronutrients for plant growth, seaweed is great for preventing plant disease by producing strong, resilient plants.

Why Use Seaweed Fertilizer?

As mentioned above, seaweed has a whole host of benefits for your garden, from providing extra nutrients to improve plant growth, to encouraging strong, resilient plants. As well as the above-mentioned benefits seaweed also helps to deter slugs as it can make plants taste saltier, although this change in taste is so small that humans cannot taste it.
We have mentioned the benefits for plants but there are also huge benefits to your soil and compost. Seaweed is excellent in any soil type, but it has an added benefit in clay soil as it helps provide aeration and loosen the clay soil. This allows roots to grow deeper and access more water and nutrients. Using seaweed in your compost pile will speed up the composting process as seaweed is a natural accelerator.

Featured Products – Feed & Fortify and Feed & Protect

What Are Feed & Protect & Feed & Fortify?

This weeks featured products are Feed & Protect and Feed & Fortify.
Feed & Protect and Feed & Fortify are both dual function slug and snail repellents that feed plants whilst deterring pests. They are both 100% safe for all wildlife, pets and humans and can’t be washed away in the rain like other slug products.

How Do Feed & Protect and Feed & Fortify Work?

Feed & Protect is a powder that is dissolved in water and applied to a plants foliage. The plant then absorbs the nutrients provided in the powder to improve growth whilst simultaneously making the plant distasteful to molluscs. The bitter taste that is created by Feed & Protect is so subtle that it cannot be detected by humans. Feed & Protect is a great alternative that will not harm slugs.

Feed & Fortify is made from diatomaceous earth and iron silicates. Diatomaceous earth is a coarse powder that feels like sand to humans but is extremely coarse to molluscs. When slugs or snails try to go over the physical barrier created by Feed & Fortify they receive lots of tiny lacerations that break down it’s slimy coat and cause it to dehydrate and die. The Iron silicates in the powder release vital micronutrients into the soil to improve plant growth.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It…

Ms Christine J – Have used this in 2 small areas of the garden and so far so good will await to see what happens

Karen Bergeman – Very easy to use, we bought it as needed something that would not harm my cat and others that visit, and of course the Wildlife
Thanks

Bruce Murray – Easy to apply – so far no slugs!

Where Do Slugs Live?

Slugs live underground and this is where they spend most of their time. Whilst underground, they will digest any seedlings that have been planted, lay eggs and feed on the roots of developed plants. Feed & Protect makes the whole plant distasteful to slugs, including the roots and foliage but does not affect the flavour of plants to humans.

How to Stop Slugs Eating Plants?

There are two methods of stopping slugs eating plants, you can either deter them and keep them away from your plants or you can kill them. Copper tape is often used as a deterrent for slugs but people have mixed results with it and some say that if the slug really wants to get over it, they will! Feed & Protect makes plants distasteful to slugs and as a result they won’t eat them making it the perfect deterrent.
Poisonous slug pellets are often used to kill slugs and whilst these are fairly effective, they are very unsightly and can be fatal to pets, other wildlife and children. Feed & Fortify is a great way to kill slugs as it is 100% safe for pets, and children and acts as a dual product by feeding the plant whilst repelling slugs.

Best Way to Kill Slugs?

There are numerous ways of killing slugs. From poisonous slug pellets, to traps that are designed to lure in slugs, trap them and then kill them. Most of these methods are successful and will kill slugs, however, many of them are unsightly and spoil the aesthetics of your garden or allotment. Feed & Fortify is and effective slug killer that is made of diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth is a natural product that is made up from fossilized crustaceans and sea creatures. To humans, pets and other wildlife, it just feels like sand, but to molluscs it is extremely rough and causes lots of lacerations to their wet skin. This essentially dehydrates them and causes them to die.

Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser Benefits

History Of Seaweed Fertiliser

Seaweed has been used for centuries, mainly in coastal areas, as a natural way to improve the condition and fertility of soil. As well as containing several useful plant nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium, phosphate and magnesium, seaweed also contains several trace nutrients that are essential to improving a plants health.

Seaweed used to be used in its natural form and just thrown onto the compost heap. This method is still good practice as seaweed is high in nitrogen and compost loves nitrogen. However, unless you own the beach where you intend to collect the seaweed, there is no public right to collect seaweed, unless it is for scientific use. If you intend to collect seaweed, we advise you contact the local council before doing so.

As seaweed grows in very harsh conditions, it acquires unique anti-stress compounds that are then passed on to plants when used as a fertiliser. Seaweed is immersed in salt water, dried out, baked in the sun, soaked with rain and bathed again in salt water.

Organic Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser

SeaFeed Xtra is a new organic, liquid seaweed fertiliser that differs from other seaweed fertilisers as it contains a higher percentage of physical seaweed. Most seaweed fertilisers contain between 1-3%, ours contains 5% and that is why it is so dark in colour!

As well as a higher percentage of seaweed, SeaFeed Xtra also contains an additional nutrient that helps deliver micro nutrients directly to the main arteries of the plant.

Don’t just take our word for it though!

Richard, one half of the Two Thirsty Gardeners has used SeaFeed Xtra on his Chilli plants with some great results.

Read his review here>> SeaFeed Review

How To Prepare Your Garden For Spring

To save you wondering what to do in your garden this winter, we’ve compiled some advice that will help you get your garden ready for spring. Gardening isn’t just for the summer time; there’s a lot you can be doing while the nights are short and the air is cold.

 

Create a space for composting

If you don’t already have a designated spot for your compost, pick one now before the season kicks in. Ideally, you want a space where the conditions are constant; finding some cover from rain and sun will improve the quality of the compost.

Compost bin –  A purpose-built compost bin will provide the best conditions for composting.

Open air compost – While it’s more difficult to control the environment factors effecting an open-air compost spot, it will still compost eventually.

Envii Compost Accelerator is our very own high strength compost accelerator. It’s task-specific bacteria and fungi improve the speed of the composting process whilst improving the fertility of the end-result. Read this review on The Middle-Sized Garden.

 

Tidy up your garden

When there isn’t much else to do on the gardening to-do list, get out there and pick up dead leaves, trim any herbaceous perennials and remove any other debris from your borders. If possible, wait till late winter/early spring to do this because all sorts of creatures may still be using the debris for shelter from the cold.

 

Prepare your soil

  • Remove weeds from the soil
  • Dig, lift and turn all your soil – this gives it better access to air and improves the fertility.
  • Spread compost, manure or fertiliser to your top soil.
  • Add our soil improver:  Envii Foundation – It has beneficial bacteria that improve the germination and growth of young plants and protect against plant diseases.

 

Order your seeds early

Decide early what you want to grow this year and order. This will give you the chance to plan when you are going to plant in advance and take all the stress away.

 

Prepare your defence against garden pests

Cleaning up your garden is the first step to defending against garden pests. It is also worth encouraging birds into your garden by putting up bird feeders etc. These will eat slug and snails and act as your garden patrol.

Use Envii Feed & Fortify as a physical protection against molluscs. As a form of diatomaceous earth, Feed & Fortify dries the molluscs out and kills them. It also included iron silicates that improve the fertility of the soil.

 

Start growing plants indoors

Plants that have a longer growing cycle – like tomatoes and peppers – can benefit from being started indoors. Plant them indoors around 8 weeks before the last expected frost and then re-pot them into deep containers before finally planting them in the ground. This will improve your success rate dramatically. Envii Foundation can still be used on plants started indoors in order to improve the germination and growth.

Click here for any more information on the products mentioned

 

 

 

How To Keep Your Bed & Mattress Smelling Fresh

As a general rule, most advice says you should change your sheets once a week or once every two weeks. However, when you’re leading a busy life – maybe you’re working 80 hours a week or even worse have young children! – it can be difficult to find time. This is why we’ve developed a product called Bed Fresh that will keep your mattress and bed smelling fresh and staying clean for much longer.

Throw Off The Covers In The Morning

Instead of making your bed as soon as you wake up, throw the sheets off the bed for half an hour or more. Letting some air get to the mattress and sheets will help dry up the moisture naturally exuded by our bodies at night. For even greater effect, hang the sheets near a window or a radiator.

Sprinkle Baking Soda Over Mattress

An age-old trick is to sprinkle baking soda over the top of your mattress and the vacuum off a few hours later. Baking soda attracts odours and removes them from the mattress leaving it smelling fresh.

Rotate Mattress Every Six To Eight Weeks

This is a great way to get a longer life cycle out of your mattress. Some mattress manufacturers have a suggested rotation schedule but if not, just flip it on every side and the flip it over and start again.

Wash Sheets On The Hottest Setting

This is important as it will kill any bacteria or bed bugs still living in the sheets. Make sure to check the sheets washing labels so you don’t put it too hot.

Use Envii Bed Fresh

Bed Fresh is our new super-effective mattress and bedding deoderiser that tackles the source of bad odours in your bed sheets rather than just masking them. Bed Fresh uses bacteria to digest the organics that your body naturally exudes in the night. These organics are what causes the bedding or mattress to smell and therefore by digesting and removing them completely, your bed will be cleaner than ever before.

To buy Envii Bed Fresh or for more information click here.

How To Protect Your Plants From The Cold – Gardening Tips

Today is the first day of meteorological winter, which is the perfect excuse to tell you about Early Starter – our plant treatment that protects plants against the cold.

In England, where Bio8 is based, the weather can be unpredictable. This is because we’re on an island and the weather is affected by the sea surrounding us. We don’t get a lot of extreme weather – it’s not too cold and almost never too hot, but unfortunately, unlike Goldilocks’ porridge, it’s not just right either.

This is why we developed a range of products to help serious gardeners protect their plants. Early Starter is an advanced bio-stimulant that adjusts the biology of the plant to encourage the roots to grow deeper and stronger over the cold period. Basically, it tells the plant to stop growing aerially and concentrate on root growth. This gives it better access to nutrients and water from the soil which makes it more resistant to frost damage.

 

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The pièce de résistance of Early Starter though, is the improved growth that it gives the plant. Because of the improved root structure, the plant benefits from the nutrients and water it couldn’t access before which means that, even if the cold never comes, your money isn’t wasted!

We launched the product just over a year ago and have seen some really positive responses from customers and even from some celebrities of the gardening world. We sent a bottle over to BBC Radio 2’s Gardening Expert, Terry Walton; who said:

“This is definitely part of my ‘armoury’ in future. Based on my results I would strongly recommend it to any gardener looking to grow in the early season when the weather is cold.”

We’d still recommend using plant blankets and other frost protection methods because, when it comes to your plants, you can never have too much protection! For more information on Early Starter or to buy it for just £11.95, click here.