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.

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Why Is Your Pond Losing Water

Why Is My Water Level Dropping?

We can probably rule out the baby emptying your pond! But lets have a look at some of the common causes of water loss.

Pond water levels dropping is a common problem that many pond owners come across and at first can seem quite worrying. Naturally, everybody’s first thoughts are “I have a leak in my pond” and “there must be a rip in the pond liner”. However, only about 5% of suspected leaks turn out to be leaks, so don’t panic just yet!

There are a few different reasons that could be causing the water levels to drop and we will go through them below so that you can diagnose what is causing your water to disappear.

Evaporation

This is the most common reason for water levels dropping although it may not seem possible as water levels can drop more than 1 inch per day. Depending on the time of year and where your pond is located in the garden, if it is exposed to long amounts of direct sunlight it is possible for significant amounts of water to evaporate.

Pond Plants

Depending on what plants you keep in your pond and what time of year they flower, this can also contribute highly to water loss. If you have plants that bloom during the summer months they will need to absorb high levels of water, couple this with the natural evaporation in summer months and it is easy to see how water levels can drop.

Splashes

If you have a waterfall, water feature or fountain pond pump in your pond setup, these could be the culprit to your disappearing water. If they are not perfectly aligned, they can splash or spray small amounts of water out of your pond. Spend a couple of minutes watching your waterfall, feature or fountain to see if you can see any obvious water splashes. If you see any splashes, adjust any rocks to direct water or change the flow rate to keep splashes to a minimum.

Leaking Pipework

Check all fastenings on pump pipework. These can sometimes be made of brittle plastic that overtime will degrade and possibly crack or split causing small leaks in pipework joints. If you do spot a leak around the filter box, try and diagnose where it is coming from and replace the part.

All the above reasons can contribute to the loss of water in a pond and unfortunately it is something that is likely to happen throughout the year. Where possible, top your pond up with water collected in a water butt, if this is not possible, use tap water. Either way, we recommend using Pond Equaliser to remove any harmful chemicals and stabilise the added water.

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.

Featured Product – Pond Equaliser

What Is Pond Equaliser?

This weeks featured product is Pond Equaliser.
Pond Equaliser instantly stabilises key water parameters in ponds and aquariums such as pH, KH, GH and ammonia. It is crucial that these parameters are balanced as they determine the biological balance in a pond. Balanced and stable water parameters provide both fish and beneficial bacteria with perfect living conditions and reduces the risk of algae, sludge and blanket weed.
Pond Equaliser only contains ingredients that are naturally found in water and are completely harmless to fish, wildlife and humans.

How Does Pond Equaliser Work?

Pond Equaliser adds essential minerals to pond water to stabilise the key water properties such as the carbonate hardness (KH), the pH and the general hardness (GH)
It also adds calcium to the water to neutralise any toxic heavy metals (found in tap water) and eliminate ammonia which is a by-product of fish waste breaking down.
By improving the water quality, the biological capabilities of the pond are dramatically increased, ensuring bacterial based maintenance products work at maximum efficiency.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It…

MJA – Pond colour has definitely changed from Pea Green and getting clearer – not fully there yet but is looking good.

Jules – Used in conjunction with Envii Pond Klear worked miracles. Within 4 days could see the fish again and green weed cleared.

Amazon Customer – Did what it said on the pack tested water and fish are happy now!

What Are the Ideal Water Parameters for Fish?

Oxygen levels in your pond should be a minimum of 5.0 mg/L and a maximum of 18mg/L.

Ph levels should be kept as neutral as possible at around 7, but they can fluctuate down to 6.8 and up to 8.2 whilst still be classed as healthy.

KH levels, or carbonate hardness levels, should be kept at around 105ppm but can fluctuate by 15ppm either way and still be classed as healthy.

Ammonia levels should be at zero as they can be very harmful to fish, Nitrite levels should be as close to zero as possible and Nitrate levels can be up to 50ppm.

For more information, read our blog on the Ideal Water Parameters.

Why Is It Important to Monitor The pH Of Pond Water?

It is essential to monitor your pH levels very closely as they can have fatal effects on your fish if you don’t. Your pH level should sit around 7, which is neutral on the pH scale. With every digit above this, your fish come closer to being exposed to dangerous levels of high acidity and alkalinity. High acidity and alkalinity can increase the toxicity of any ammonia in your pond. Ammonia can cause physical burns to your fish’s gills and if it becomes too high will cause ammonia poisoning.

How to Lower Pond pH?

Lowering your ponds pH levels is very easy. As you are reading this we will assume you have checked your water with a test kit and found that your pH levels are too high.

The next step is simple. Follow the instructions for Pond Equaliser and your water parameters (pH, KH, GH, Ammonia & Heavy Metals) will be stable within a few hours.

Why Is My Pond pH So High?

The first thing to do if you get a high pH reading is to take another. Make sure you take one reading in the morning and one later in the day, ideally with similar weather conditions. The reason for this is that algae is more active in the late morning and will be sucking up carbon dioxide which will in turn cause your pH to read high. The algae are less active first thing in the morning and later at night which is why it is best to take two readings.

If your pH level is still high, treat your pond with Pond Equaliser and then take two readings 24 hours later.

 

How To Get Rid Of Blanket Weed

What Is Blanket Weed?

If you have not yet come across this nuisance, congratulations! Blanket weed or long string algae is one of the most well-known (and hated) pond weeds in the UK. It is a long thin alga that has no leaves, stems or roots and forms large, dense pillows of green weed that float around the top of your pond and attach themselves to the side walls. Blanketweed thrives in ornamental ponds with pumps due to the exposure to sunlight, flowing water and abundant nutrients available.

Is Blanketweed Dangerous?

Short answer, yes it can be dangerous to your pond and its habitants.
Blanket weed needs the same nutrients to grow as all your other aquatic plants. It can grow very quickly and will easily outperform and outgrow your other marginal or floating plants as well as killing off any submerged plants due to blocking out any natural light.

As well as competing with your plants, blanket weed will compete with fish for vital oxygen which could lead to your fish dying through lack of oxygen. Not only can the blanket weed deprive fish of much needed oxygen, fish can sometimes swim into the blanketweed, get stuck and then not be able to free themselves and eventually dye.

How to Remove Blanketweed

It is not advisable to remove living blanket weed as this will cause the weed to release spores into the pond which will in turn, create more blanketweed. We suggest treating your pond firstly with Pond Equaliser to get your ponds water quality perfect and then using Blanketweed Klear. Blanketweed klear is easy to use, simply scatter it on the blanket weed, wait for it to die and then scoop out the dead weed and either throw it into your garden waste bin or composting bin. Blanket weed is full of nitrogen which is good for composting.

Preventing Blanketweed

After you have removed the blanket weed from your pond you will want to do everything possible to prevent it from returning in the future. Be sure to have lots of aquatic plants that will absorb excess nutrients in the pond. Keep your fish stock in line with the size of your pond, too many fish can lead to excess waste being produced which can create even more excess nutrients. Check your water quality regularly with a test kit and keep your pH, KH & GH levels balanced.

Should I Keep Aquatic Plants?

There is a split between pond owners as to whether to have plants or not. Aquatic plants can be a great aesthetic addition to your pond, as well as providing several health benefits to the water and fish. They offer shade, compete with algae, remove harmful nitrogen and give back useful oxygen into the pond.

How To Stop Koi Eating Plants

One reservation some pond keepers have when deciding whether to keep aquatic plants is that some fish, Koi especially, like to eat the plants, upset pots or disturb the soil, resulting in a dirty pond. This can easily be resolved by either planting in aquatic cloth liners or aquatic gravel.

Alternatively, there are some plants that would benefit from being planted in waterfalls or streams, keeping them out of reach for fish, whilst still purifying the water.

 

Different Varieties Of Aquatic Plants

Water lilies and lotus’ are common floating plants that provide much needed shade for fish. This shade also slows down the growth of any pond algae and sludge as it restricts the amount of sunlight that can reach the algae. As well as providing shade, these plants also compete for nutrients with existing algae. The combination of shade and nutrient competition results in very little algae growth.

Submerged plants such as hornwort and water moss are essential to a well-structured pond or water garden. They provide small fish with cover from predators such as herons and cats. They also provide the water with copious amounts of oxygen whilst absorbing some of the more harmful chemicals in your pond such as ammonia and nitrogen. Be sure to plant these plants in aquatic gravel or cloth liners to avoid fish digging them up.

Shallow water or marginal plants can sit on the shelves of ponds and provide all the health benefits of submerged plants whilst providing shelter and protection for other aquatic wildlife such as frogs, newts and dragonflies. Some varieties such as water iris produce vibrant flowers that add another dimension to your pond throughout the year.

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