CHRISTMAS OFFERS, BIOGRO CERTIFICATIONS & WATER SAVING TIPS
As predicted it has been a very busy past few months, with record sales, new customers and shows to attend.
Thank goodness for daylight savings which gives us a chance to go out after dinner with the kids to tend to our gardens.
The Biochar has definitely done its job! Our potatos and tomato's are all growing amazingly quick in the EcoFelt grow bags so we are due for a bumper crop! (just have to find a recipe for homemade tomato sauce and tomato chutney and start bottling). Even our marigolds are twice the size of last season! We took some of our crops to display at the Down to Earth Expo and people were amazed at their growth just a month from seed. As the Biochar is a one off application, we are going to work in building it up in the soils of our other gardens around the house.
To brighten the front yard we are going to by some fairy lights to decorate our new oak tree, so I guess it's time to start decorating.... Check out the link to the Grow Gifts website in our newsletter for some lovely and unique gift ideas for keen gardener.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Monique & Warren
After much paper-pushing and reporting over the past few months, we have now got BioGro certification as an organic input and both our Bamboo Biocharand Bamboo Liquid Vinegar.
This makes our product the only BioChar in NZ to gain certification!
A cost effective soil enhancement that lasts a lifetime and helps retain and release the nutrients in your fertilisers (also great to add micro-organisms to start your compost). It is now also available from many garden retailers and franchises so keep and eye out for it.
Shaker Bottle for Diatomaceous Earth Application
A versatile refillable little jar. Clear, so you can see exactly how much product you use - holds up to 220ml of DE. Ideal for dusting your plant leaves against catapillars, aphids and other nasties in your garden and home.
Also use to dust DE on your pets to ellimate fleas this summer!
Processes kitchen waste into highly productive garden compost in only 4 weeks.
Garden Essential - Bamboo Fibre Gloves
Bamboo plants have a naturally occurring bacteriostatic agent called “bamboo Kun” which is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. This bamboo Kun agent in bamboo fabric inhibits odor-producing bacteria from growing and spreading in the bamboo fiber, creating a glove that is more hygienic and will not hold odor.
Bamboo is highly absorbent and wicks water away from the body three to four times faster than cotton. In warm, humid weather, bamboo gloves keep your hands drier, cooler and more comfortable and do not stick to the skin. Bamboo fabric is also lighter and softer than cotton and most synthetics, it is also 2-3 degrees cooler and up to four times more absorbent.
Our 13 Gauge Eco-Friendly Bamboo Fibre Garden Gloves are made primarily from natural sustainable bamboo fabric to keep your hands cool and dry during all your gardening tasks. The Bamboo fiber provides hand protection while minimizing the impact on the environment. PU coated palm for better grip and water protection. Super comfy too!
Christmas Garden Gift Ideas
For a beautiful range of giftware, tools and expandable hoses please visit www.growgifts.co.nz.
Water Saving Tips for Summer
With the El Nino weather pattern due to bring NZ a hot dry summer, below are eight great water conservation tips:
1. Deep Watering. Water deeply, making sure to soak the root zone rather than the whole yard.
2.Native Plants. When landscaping, choose native plants that require little or no water beyond what nature provides.
3. Groundcover. Plant groundcovers and shade trees to help keep your yard cool.
4. Mulch. Mulch your garden regularly to lock in soil moisture.
5. Drip Irrigation. Use watering methods such as drip irrigation or soaker hoses to reduce evaporation by directing water to plant roots.
6. Intensive Planting. Closely space plants in your raised vegetable garden, so there is less area to water (make sure to provide enough room for root development).
7.Water Butts. Connect a rain collector to a gutter on your home to create a ready source of water for your plants.
8.Recycle, Recycle, Recycle. Recycle household water from drinking glasses and steaming or cooking vegetables and pasta to water plants.
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