We survived the first big wet of Autumn... and hopefully the second
I think we are having a second spring! For some reason the grass is growing at great rates and were back mowing every two weeks. The gardens beds have been well watered lately but luckily not to water logged as we have good drainage, mainly due to the DEGranules and Biochar we use. Happily our winter spinach (which we planted four years ago) continues to self-sow so another abundance this season.
As we live at a higher altitude than in town, our tree crops seem to ripen one month later than usual, so we still have apples, pears and pumpkins to come and preserve for winter. The kids had great fun helping us make jams... lots of them! Blueberry, strawberry and spiced plum, so we will decorate jars and use for gifts as more than we can eat.
During these slower months, the team and Biogrow will be getting creative and we are working on new initiatives and products to launch to the market next spring... so keep checking into our Facebook pagefor details.
Happy gardening, Monique, Warren & Co.
Now is the time for planting fruit and ornamental trees, so why not provide a nice insulating and protective wool mat to help them establish.
IDEAL FOR GROWING MICROGREENS TOO!
Our mats are made from 100% NZ recycled sheeps wool. They are 400gsm thick and are needled punched for strength and durability. Use to help suppress weeds and retain vital soil moisture. As they slowly biodegrade they release natural organic nutrients such as nitrogen and other trace elements.
Loose from .70c
10/Packs from $8.00
Rolls from $45.00
Soparco horticultural bells are made of unbreakable plastic and have retainers that sink into soil for a secure fit. They are designed to put over your precoius plants over the cooler months to considerably increase the temperature and protect from frost, which means thate you could get crops more earlier.
These bells also have two significant benefits: - A flat top and holes to collect water from rain or watering. - The translucent material combined with holes removes the danger of sunstroke and helps to regulates temperature and humidity.
Limited clearance stock so be quick.
WINTER TREE PLANTING KIT
Complete organic tree planting kit for up to three trees.
Kit Includes:* 1 x 5Kg Bag Biochar Compound Fertilizer 1 x Pack of 3 (40 x 40cm) Wool Bio Mats 1 x Pack of 3 plant markers 1 x Pack of 12 Biodegradable pins 1 x 27 Litre Ecofelt Grow Bag 1 x 200g DEBug 1 x Pair of Bamboo Gloves
We have brought in some 1 litre clear bottles, with commercial adjustable spray head and volume measurement on the bottle, so very easy to work with to get the right dilutation rate(s).
Available to buy from our website.
Introductory price of just $5.00 each
or FREE With every 1L of Bamboo Wood Vinegar or 1L Natural Liquid Fertiliser
* All specials are only while stocks last, valid until 31st May-17.
The World's First Plantable Pencil
Available in Herb Trios and individual pencils
100% Natural, sustainable timber and non-GMO certified seeds. Graphite pencil.
Available in time for mothers day... for more information check out this great video here.
Fruit Free Planting
What To Buy
Young fruit trees can be sourced as container grown, packaged or as bare-root whips (which look similar to a twig with roots) and are best planted in winter while dormant.Location of Fruit TreesRemember – young fruit trees are susceptible to strong winds, always choose a sheltered, open and sunny place to plant. Although most trees can grow in a range of soils with good drainage, compost will enhance the soil quality and fertility.
Dig a hole that is slightly deeper than the root depth and which allows for 20cm clearance around the roots.
Mix some compost with the soil in the base of the hole, then place the tree and slow release fertiliser in the hole so that the graft is above soil level.
Create a small mound at the base of the hole and spread the roots out carefully.
Before back filling, position tree stakes. Partly back fill and firmly compact. Continue back filling and compact once or twice more.
Bare rooted trees bought in winter must not be left for roots to dry. Plunge in water (for no longer than half a day) prior to planting.
Caring for your fruit trees
Use a well balanced general purpose fertiliser in early spring and in autumn. Sprinkle below the tree’s branches. A slow release fertiliser can also be added at planting time.Watering is very important when establishing new trees, as is regular watering in dry periods over spring and summer. Give occasional deep soakings.Use an organic compost as a mulch. It will conserve moisture, protect roots, add nutrients and prevent the growth of weeds and grass (which compete with trees for soil nutrients).Low vigor, young trees should be pruned fairly heavily and encouraged to grow rapidly for the first 3 years without much fruit.
Pruning and Training
Pruning is important. It will encourage renewal of fruiting wood for regular crops of quality fruit, it lets light into the tree, it removes diseased parts and pruning also controls a tree’s height.During the early stages of tree development, the main goal is to develop the shape and framework which will support the heavy crops of fruit.Pruning is done in winter when trees are dormant. Make sure secateurs are sharp, and cut just above each growth bud.When removing dead or diseased wood, always cut through the healthy tissue below the diseased section. Paint large cuts with a sealing compound to protect against disease.
Diseases are spread by wind or moisture and thrive in humid weather. Burn any fallen infected leaves or mummified fruit.Keep the fruit trees in a well ventilated position and prune out the centre to increase air movement. A Copper spray will help prevent disease invading leaves, stems and fruit. But be careful - Copper sprays can damage the leaves of peaches and nectarines.Enjoy the bounty of your efforts!
Extract from The Rural website
Organic Growers Wanted...
Together let’s change the way NZ buys their organic seedlings and plants!
Wild Earth OrganicsUntil 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.