Hopefully we have seen the last frost and spring is coming so time to propagate!!
Our greenhouse has had a good clean out, sterilised our trays with Bamboo Wood Vinegarand re-filled with Fertilpotsso we can now start propagating over the coming months. So it's probably time to re-introduce the chickens to our garden beds to start turning over and adding in their 'fertiliser'.
And it's not just us... our commercial growers have brought over three quarter million (750,000+) Fertilpots over the last two months! So these will be used to propagate many of the plants you buy at your local garden centres and are now BIOGRO certified. So why not use what they use? They are on special for the season now - check below.
We are also trying new things. By using our seed trays lined with wool mats that have been soaked in our new Seed Soak (also Biogro organic certified) product to grow Microgreens. So far, so good even with cold temperatures.
Happy gardening, Monique, Warren & Co.
Fertilpots are now Biogro Certified
Our Fertilpots have been USDA, OMRI and EcoCert certified organic and we have now also gained Biogro NZ certification. This means that Fertilpots are not only the best performing of all biodregradable pots, but the only ones to meet the organic growing standards in New Zealand!
To celebrate, we are giving you the chance to try these wonderful eco-friendly pots for yourself - check out our specials below.
Giving your seeds the best start...
Seed Soak's active ingredient is our organic Bamboo Wood Vinegar (also known as Pyroligneous acid or Liquid Smoke). It is the condensed liquid caputured during pyrolysis during Biochar production. It contains more than 200 organic elements and plant like compounds, which work synergistically to make plants stronger, leaves greener and stimulate microbial growth.
How it works:
Treating seeds by soaking in Seed Soak helps penetrate the outer coating that is protecting the future plant inside and accelerates growth.
Seed Soak is absorbed into the intact seed coat. With proper conditions (moisture, temperature, light) the seed coat will then start to swell and rupture, thereby releasing its food stores and germination and growth begins. By using Seed Soak ahead of time, you remove many of the barriers to germination, so that the seeds are ready to sprout by the time you plant them. This can be particularly useful for gardeners with heavy clay or super sandy soil as it helps provide the right level of moisture to start growth. It also reduces the stress of ensuring your soil is adequately damp after you’ve sowed a row of seeds.
In general, the bigger and tougher the seed, the better it will fare using Seed Soak.
Higher germination success rate
Faster germination results, in as little as 3 days
Accelerated leaf growth by up to 30%
Increased number of leaves per plant, therefore leaf area and improved photosynthetic capacity
Better root development which contributes to a better plant development and earlier harvests
Allows seed stock to be stored for longer periods and older seeds to be used
Less soil preparation
Used as foliar spray it can promote plant growth and increase resilience to pests and diseases
Great range of Fertilpots including packets, propagators and pre-loaded trays.
30% off RRP
Priced from just $5.50
New product ideal for helping propagate seeds by giving them the best start.
Pre-Germination soak suitable for organics. Improves strike rate and quality of growth.
Just soak seeds in solution before sowing (excess soak can be re-used). Can also be sprayed onto seeds and young plants directly.
300ml bottle with measuring cap.
The World's First Plantable Pencil
Available in Herb Trios and individual pencils
100% Natural, sustainable timber and non-GMO certified seeds. Graphite pencil.
For more information check out this great video here.
Single Pencils $6.50
Herb Trios $19.00
Spend just $50 on our site and receive a FREE Set of 3 Garden Hand Tools
with comfort foam handles*.
Includes: Trowel, Rake and hoe.
* While stocks last, products may vary subject to availability.
* All specials are only while stocks last, valid until 31st October-17.
Growing your crops from seed has several advantages over buying them from your local garden centre. It can be a great deal cheaper than buying plants, you have total control over how your plants are raised (particularly important if you want to keep to organic principles), and there is a much wider choice of varieties and vegetables.
Raising seedlings indoors
Raising seedlings indoors will put you a few weeks ahead of the normal growing season. While the soil is still cold, your tender seedlings will grow happily on a windowsill in the relative warmth of a propagator. The best plants to start off early include eggplants, tomatoes, peppers and basil, early bulb vegetables such as onions and leeks, some brassicas such as cauliflower and broccoli.
Thinning and transplanting
For best results, two or more seeds are usually planted per pot and then thinned out by carefully removing the weaker ones. This ensures there is enough room for the stronger specimens to develop.
Smaller seeds can be scattered over compost in a seed tray and then thinned out to give each one sufficient space (your seed packet will tell you how much room each variety needs). Once two or three true leaves have formed on the plants they should be ready to plant in an individual container or directly outside, provided all risk of frost has passed. When transplanting seedlings to a larger pot make sure that you only hold them by the leaves as it is easy to damage the plant by pinching the stem. Using a teaspoon to ease out the roots can ensure minimum disturbance to their growth.
Before you plant your crops outside, you need to harden them off. Hardening off allows the plants to acclimatise to the colder conditions outside. To harden seedlings off, move the propagator or pot outside during the day and bring it in again each night. Do this for five days and then leave the plants outside during the night for two nights. They will then be fully adjusted to the cold conditions when you plant them in the soil.
Planting out should not be left too late or your young plants will become ‘leggy’ due to the reduced amount of light on a windowsill or inside. However, this has to be balanced with the possibility of a late frost which could kill seedlings off after all your hard work!
It helps to plant out your crops in the late afternoon on a cloudy day so they avoid the heat of the midday sun and the sudden temperature drop of clear nights. After planting, your plants may initially droop but they should perk up soon if kept well watered during the first few days.
Seedlings and crops which have been recently planted out need to be watered gently. Ensure the soil or pots don’t get waterlogged or dry out. For a gentle dousing, water your crops with a watering can with the rose upturned, or stand pots in a tray of water for a short time to let water wick up from below.
Some vegetables such as peas and beans, root vegetables and sweetcorn prefer to be planted directly in the ground in their final growing positions.
Root vegetables can be sown directly into their final growing positions in spring. Legumes (such as beans and peas) and sweetcorn can be sown directly into the soil in early summer or grown in biodegradable coir pots that can be transplanted into the ground with the plant. This avoids root disturbance, which can halt growth for a few weeks.
Some brassica crops actually benefit from being transplanted. For example transplanting Brussels sprouts helps them develop a robust root system.
Whenever sowing outside, it makes sense to sow in rows. This will help you distinguish your seedlings from other plants – essential when weeding in the early weeks. You may choose to plant in long rows making a furrow at the depth specified by the seed packet. Space seeds according to the instructions given and thin out the weaker seedlings once they have emerged. Cover the seeds with a fine layer of soil and gently firm them down, then water.
Alternatively if your garden is divided into beds you may wish to sow in blocks to concentrate more seeds into a smaller area.
Extract from growveg.com.au
Organic Growers Wanted...
Together let’s change the way NZ buys their organic seedlings and plants!
Until now plastic has been the most popular choice for retailers, mainly due to pricing and ‘because it’s always been done that way’. But times are changing and there is a much greater awareness by Kiwi’s of the consequences of using plastic for the plants they buy - mainly having to dispose of them (or accumulating pots that they will never use).
We've already have seen some great ideas successfully work in independent organic stores, so have taken time to research and find the best way so that everyone, and the environment, can benefit. Our solution is to come up with an Eco-Friendly alternative for growers and retailers to offer their customers, that promotes an ‘on trend’ Eco-Friendly option with a point of difference!
We are now actively seeking organic growers to help trial this system into retailers for next season. Utilising our Fertilpots you will also be supplied FREE retail display solutions that you can brand to your nursery.