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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 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.

Early Starter Makes The Gardening Season Longer!

Envii Early Starter

Gardening isn’t just for when the sun is out. With more and more people growing their own vegetables and gardening for more than just a hobby, it’s important that they get the most out of the season. This is why we’ve developed a plant treatment that allows plants to grow in colder temperatures and repairs them when they have been damaged by the cold.

This means gardeners can grow later into the autumn and earlier in the spring so they can keep their friends and family fed all year round. Early Starter really is a revolution in seasonal veg growing.

The Science Behind It

Early Starter works by suppressing the genes that make a plant go into ‘survival’ mode when the temperature drops below a certain point. It effectively reprograms the plant to generate more root growth, rather than aerial growth, so that it has better access to water and nutrients. This gives it the sustenance it needs to grow away and, in extreme cases, recover from pest or disease attack.

The biostimulant properties of Early Starter ensure rapid healthy plant growth and development, often with more bud sites and bigger plants, even when the temperature is normal.

Treated plants grow on longer in the autumn and start growing sooner in the spring. Early Starter will not give full protection from frost, but treated plants show reduced damage and faster recovery than untreated ones. Best results are achieved when used in conjunction with plant blankets, but it can be used on its own.

Don’t Just Take Our Word For It

Terry Walton, BBC Radio 2’s Allotment/Gardening Expert, trialled Early Starter. Here’s what he had to say: “My gardening year starts in January in a heated greenhouse when in go my onions, lettuce, cabbage and broad beans. These are started off in the warmest part of the greenhouse and after transplanting they are moved to the cooler area.

This winter has been the warmest and wettest on record and a total lack of sunshine. The seedlings just sat there refusing to grow. So, action was needed and I came across Early Starter from Envii. This stated it would stimulate growth of these plants in the lower temperatures and encourage growth. I filled my pressure sprayer with tepid water and added the correct amount of Early Starter liquid and gave my seed trays a wetting with this liquid. After a couple of days and another spraying these dormant seedlings decided to grow again! I must say I was sceptical that this would happen but the proof is in the results.

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.”

Update from Terry Walton 16/02/2017

“Amazing Results! This is a must have for any gardener in early spring!

Last year Early Starter kick started the growth of my plants in my greenhouse where they had stopped growing due to the cold weather.

Plants have shown strong growth and look more healthy and are promising good yields

I would recommend for any grower who struggles to get plants growing early in the season”

Click here for more information or to buy Early Starter.