Can you believe it... finally some sunny, warm and dry days.
Our garden beds are now full and our project food forest growing amongst our established fruit trees is starting to fill up with dwarf varieties, rhubard, guava, edible and medicinal herbs and more. On the funny side, our pear tree that blew over finally got cut down (actually sawed through the base), but instead of dying it has flowered, budded and is now growing fruit - put's a new twist on 'horizontal gardening'.
Our strawberries have started fruiting... and all the baby birds on our property are enjoying them, so we have to be in quick. The lawns are also growing quickly and we are having to get out the mower almost weekly... always laugh at the look of disgust on our cows faces when we mow.
So it's all go on the homefront gardening, as well as keeping up with a busy season with orders to our lovely customers and retailers. Whew!
WISHING YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GREAT GREEN NEW YEAR!
Monique, Warren, Duncan, Stacey & Azla (the 'ole office dog).
Arriving in the new year....
After nearly 8 years of research and development Fertil has won Gold for innovation at the european horticulture production awards, with their new 'NT' pots.
NT pots retain all the traditional characteristics and organic certifications of the standard Fertilpots (aerial pruning, etc), but have a patentedproduction technology to fit standard equipment used by most horticulturists. These pots will be available in 3 sizes 10cm (.6L), 12cm (.9L)and 14cm (1.15L). We have had huge interest alrready and have limited samples available now for any commercial growers... so please get in touch if interested.
Biochar revitalises your soil by boosting nutrient transfer, increasing soil organic matter and enhancing resistance to pests.
Carbon rich Biochar will also repair damaged and contaminated ground.Read more...
"Lasts a lifetime in your soils"
ECOFELT RECTANGULAR GROW BAGS
Promotes air pruning of the roots and prevents roots circling. Aerates the root zone and regulates temperature. Eco-friendly, BPA-free and UV-Stablised. Washable, reusable and portable with side and top handles.
RRP $12.99 Clearance $7.00
SUMMER GARDENING MUST HAVE...
DEGranules provide a natural alternative to ‘water crystals’ for summer use, retaining over 6 times their weight in moisture and releasing as the plants require it.
Containing organic silica the porous structure of the diatoms supports it’s ability to draw and move water and nutrients laterally through soils. Offering a very high CEC (cation exchange capacity), use to break up a heavy, clay based soils, and retain moisture in sandy or light soils, in containers and garden beds. Safe to spread and earthworm friendly. Read more...
On special from just$7.50
SANTA POT HANGERS
These delightful little santa's make an ideal decoration for any keen gardener (or the kids). Just hang or sit on the edge of your favourite potted plant or anywhere around your home.
Approx. 8cm tall each and they come in a set of four.
* All specials are only while stocks last, valid until 10th January-18.
Single Use Plastic Pots?
We spotted this sign at our local council recycling centre ('NO plant pots') and it got us wondering, where do unwanted plastic garden pots go?
In our past newsletters we have mentioned our big push and promotion to "change the way NZ buys their seedlings and plants" and the existing innovations that make this possible.
Recently we have been aware of more people demanding a change, especially with the huge media exposure of banning single use plastic bags - so why not single use plastic pots? Or having a choice to buy your plants in biodegradable pots? We have gained support from NZ Gardener magazine and other industry players, but now it is to up consumers to demand a change of major retailers!
There is an online petition running to promote this initiative, so please sign!