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Decided to plant early? Here’s what you should know about frost damage:

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February is among us, which means it’s late winter. As each day gets a little lighter and longer, gardeners increasingly have the urge to get back to growing their own vegetables. Most people know the ideal season to begin gardening is spring but for those of you who have a little less patience and are eager to get started sooner, planting early is a possibility, when done in the correct way. The major advantage of planting your fruits, vegetables or flowers a little earlier is that you allow more time for your crops to grow to their full potential.

However, there are important issues to consider when it comes with planting early, especially with regards to proper precautions being taken towards protecting young plants from very low temperatures. Low temperatures cause colder air temperatures and colder soil temperatures. In locations such as the UK, this can be highly detrimental when there are uncertain weather conditions in terms of consistency.

Coldness comes and goes… what’s the big deal?

While some people may think that the once the cold weather has gone, their plants will revive and take back their healthy form, that certainly isn’t the case. Plant cells are actually damaged when temperatures drastically fluctuate, which as highlighted before can be a major issue for locations like the UK where the weather can be unpredictable throughout the day, let alone throughout the season. Repeat freezing and thawing of plants can even destroy cells and in turn prevent further growth.

There are simple ways to reduce the chances of frost damage such as selecting planting positions that avoid and reduce ‘frost pockets’ or to avoid exposing plants to early morning sunshine. However, tasks like this may seem tedious when there’s so much work and effort that goes into gardening already.

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While you can’t completely control the conditions in your garden or green-house, you can alter how your plant reacts to the cold weather conditions and have more success planting early! Our product Early Starter acts as an anti-freeze stimulation for plants, helping them to endure temperatures below 5°C. This is achieved by biologically encouraging plants to focus on root growth, resulting more strength to access nutrients that achieve more resilience to weather conditions.

For more information about Early Starter, click here.

 

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Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Flowers

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Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time to show love and appreciation for the special people in our lives but this one day comes with a cost to the environment when it comes to the gift of giving. Each year people head to the shops and florists looking to buy their beloved a bouquet without considering the potential impact thousands of people buying fresh flowers could have on the environment and furthermore, whether there are better alternatives.

Environmentally, the issue with fresh cut flowers is the potential harm of pesticides from the farms they’re grown on and the use of chemical fertilisers to accommodate mass production and meet the needs of supply and demand. The cycle of environmental implications doesn’t end there, often the bouquets are then packaged in non-recyclable wrapping making even more non-eco-friendly.

We’re understand that people aren’t going to totally ditch giving flowers, so we dug up some Eco-Friendly alternatives that won’t only help save the environment but will save money and be more valuable! This Valentine’s Day, rather than spending your money on a half-dead plant that will last about a week, try these potted flower plants!

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Seafeed Xtra, beyond your average seaweed fertiliser…

 

Seafeed XtraBeyond your average seaweed fertiliserSeaweed, historically, has been used as a gardening soil enhancer and is a great source of nutrients for plants. It’s known to be rich in trace elements such as zinc, iron, nitrogen and 57 other minerals that plants only require a small amount of for their general intake. Acting as a growth stimulant, it’s a popular choice among gardeners and the likes of people who wish to avoid synthetic and/or animal sourced fertilisers.  There are various things you should be considering when deciding to use a Seaweed fertiliser and this begins with first understanding how a plant’s transportation system works…

Most people believe making sure plants get the nutrients they require is a matter of watering the soil and the roots will therefore take in the nutrients from the ground, up into the transportation system, however, plants also rely on their leaf anatomy as a core method of nutrient intake.

Plant leaves are a great focal point when it comes to nutrient intake because you as a gardener control the plant’s intake of what you apply, which in this case would be Seaweed fertiliser. Whereas when relying on root nutrient intake, the plant may or may not decide to take on what it finds within the soil. In essence, applying Seaweed fertiliser to your plant’s soil could mean that you aren’t maximising the product you are using.

One of the interesting and unique factors of our product Seaweed Xtra is that it works to improve the plant’s absorption system, particularly through the leaves, by acting as a faster pathway to allow nutrients to distribute throughout the plant. That’s why we generally recommend the use of a pressure spray or foliar spray onto plant leaves (although this can also depend on what you’re using the product for) when using Seafeed Xtra as oppose to a watering can to ensure our customers maximise the plant’s intake of the the amount of product they use.

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While Seaweed fertilisers are already packed with rich elements, Seafeed Xtra a higher amount of those highly beneficial elements such as Urea, Iron and Zinc. Urea helps to kick start a plant’s growth process, Iron further assists with transporting other key elements to the plant’s core transport system and Zinc regulates the plant’s overall growth and stem elongation. Offering enhancement to the yield and quality of crops.

So whether you’re trying to grow vegetables, flowerbeds or simply trying to improve your lawn. Try Seafeed Xtra! Naturally nutrient rich with a little extra, beyond your average Seaweed Fertiliser…

Why You Should Be Juicing These Home Grown Fruit & Vegetables #NationalGreenJuiceDay

pexels-photo-616833National Green Juice Day was established in 2016 to motivate people to maintain their health and wellness new year resolutions, especially towards the end of January. If you’re growing your own fruit and vegetables, then you might already know a thing or two about the nutritional benefits of green fruit and veggies, but have you ever considered juicing them?

First thing’s first, let’s explore the significance of juicing in the first place:

The obvious reason is that juicing helps you to increase your nutritional intake. The process of juicing extracts insoluble fibre from fruits and vegetables working to improve digestion and absorption, while cooking them on the other hand, often destroys nutrients. With all the great effort gardening your own fruit and vegetables takes, why not make the most of what you have grown.

You might be thinking that you could simply buy readymade, store bought juices but as a gardener, we’re sure you can relate to the notion that your home-grown vegetables are arguably better than grocery store vegetables. Wouldn’t the same idea apply to juices? We think it’s worth a shot.

To get you started and in light of #NationalGreenJuiceDay, we’re sharing 5 home grown green fruits and vegetables and a quick tip about why you should be juicing them:

Romaine Lettuce

If you’re not keen on the bitter taste most dark leafy greens have, romaine lettuce is a great beginner-friendly alternative juicing ingredient, a lighter green leaf without sacrificing on high levels of vitamins and antioxidants.

Kale

You don’t need a ton of kale to gain major health benefits, sneak even a small amount into other juices to enhance the nutritional boost.

Spinach

Spinach is a great powerhouse of vitamin A, to assist your immune system during the winter season. Perfect for juicing alone when you run out of cooking recipes to make use of it.

Pears

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, juicing a pear will be your go-to! Pears are one of the fruits with the highest sugar content per serving, which is fine because these are natural sugars. Add pears to your green juice mix to sweeten up the taste!

Green Apples

Say goodbye to the store-bought apple juice, most likely full of added preservatives and juice your own wholesome green apples at home. Apples are also great to mix with other fruit and vegetable juices.

 

Grow better fruit and vegetables:

If you want to start growing these fruits and vegetables to make juices, we highly recommend you try our product Early Starter. Gardening in winter can be a challenge due to low temperatures, Early Starter acts as a anti-freeze system to protect your plants and sustain their growth in temperatures as low as 5°c.

Click here to find out more.

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
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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.