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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.

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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.

How To Extend The Life Of Your Hanging Baskets And Other Flowers

September is a funny time for gardeners. A lot of your time will be spent preparing for next season; treating the garden, planting evergreens, trimming conifers. A lot of jobs that won’t let you reap the rewards for another 8-9 months.

But don’t worry. The season isn’t quite over yet and we’ve got a product that can make it last even longer.

Envii Revive is our rescue/repair remedy for slow-developing or damaged plants. It contains some carefully selected nutrients that can help boost a plant’s health.  After talking to some of our customers, we found that some people were using it on their hanging baskets and other decorative flowers in order to make them last longer. And it works! All you have to do is start spraying the leaves lightly twice a week and you’ll see the life return to your plants in no time.

Click here for more information or to buy Revive.

Testimonial From A Professional Grower

Around 2 months ago we sent some product samples to  John Soulsby, professional grower and owner of a massive nursery dedicated to growing hanging baskets for the wholesale market.

Here’s what he had to say about Envii Chill Out –

“We have not had much of a summer so far this year, but about six weeks ago we had a really nice spell of hot weather. At that time I was sat on a lot of hanging baskets and patio tubs along with a full stock of garden centre plants.

My typical day was to start watering at 6 am and finish watering at 7pm, serving a few wholesale customers in between. I had worked 7 days a week for several weeks and was due a day off.

There was a break from the sunny days forecast for the Saturday so I decided to take the day off. This was a big mistake and going back into work on the Sunday I could have kicked myself. Everything in the greenhouse was limp and looked dead for the need of water.

I knew it was going to take me about 10 or 12 hours to get through all the plants with water and felt sick at the thought of the poor plants at the end. I was sure I had lost them.

I decided to put your product to test and was amazed at the results.

On turning into work on the Monday morning I went straight to the last baskets watered to see if they had pulled around. They looked great, had just about made a full recovery and over the next few weeks grew into super hanging baskets.

This saved me a lot of money from not having to throw them on the compost heap.

Thank you so much for your product.”

Envii Chill Out is available from our website www.bio8.co.uk ,  Amazon & eBay.

Thanks to John for giving the product a go!

 

Protect Your Plants From The Heatwave

We’re in the middle of a heatwave. Hot air is coming up from Africa causing temperature of over 30°C in some parts of the UK. For most people, this is a cause for celebration but for gardeners it means your plants are at risk. If the temperature outside is over 30°C, imagine what the temperature in your greenhouse can rise to.

Most of us serious gardeners have, at one time or another, had plants die because of hot weather. That’s why we have developed a new and more reliable way of protecting our plants from the heat.

It’s called Envii Chill Out and it’s designed to change the way a plant reacts to heat stress and allow it to survive.

Envii Chill Out reprograms the plant’s natural reaction by redirecting 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.

It’s been extensively tested in the Middle East and in The University of Nottingham to ensure it really works. However, perhaps the most interesting result of these findings was the other beneficial effects Chill Out can have on your plants. It’s been proven to improve the flavour, growth and yield of plants which, in our opinion, is a pretty good side-effect to have.

For more information or to buy Envii Chill Out, click here.