Monday, July 14, 2014

Green, Irish and Organic

The best thing about garden shows is you can see any new developments and ask questions, these are some I saw while browsing around the Mallow Garden festival.They are also interesting as 2 of them are completely Irish made and even further recommendation is they are based in Cork!
     The first one is Wormcast,  I have not  used but intend to use it soon.It is 100% pure wormcast and a natural organic fertiliser.It is also child and pet safe, very important if you are using it around the garden at home.
 They are on Facebook (who isn't these days)?! www.facebook.com/gsfertiliser
Their website for more info is www.gsfertiliser.ie




I have mentioned this before and have also used it, its a bit pricey but I have to say an excellent product. it was also available at Mallow at a special show price but it is also in all good garden centres. I was not aware this was manufactured in Cork and is owned by a cooperative of about 30 farming families in West Cork, based in Bantry.It is a probiotic fertiliser and soil improver.
They also have a website with a rather romantic title!
www.celticworm.com
 Both of these products are totally organic and as I said made in Cork!
The third one does not have that distinction but I found it fascinating all the same.Its a product called SlugGone, contains no chemicals and is totally safe for organic gardening,is environmentally friendly and is pet safe.It is actually made from wool as it is a byproduct of the wool textile industry.
 It is a slow release fertiliser, forming a mat when wet which suppresses weeds and the fibres make it 'uncomfortable' for slugs to wander around on it!
It does not kill them so presumably they live to munch somewhere else, it is not new to the market in the UK as some of the recommendations mention using it for 30 years. The only Irish supplier was in attendance at Mallow and was very informative about his product.
I did buy this and as yet have not used it but on Sat on the allotment I noticed a few big black slugs around so it will be put out in the next few days.
 Contact for this is Mr David Brennan, email  slug.gone@hotmail.com
For something completely different, our harvest on Sat. The radishes were gift grub from a fellow plotter, baby beetroot thinnings which were roasted, cooled and pickled in Balsamic vinegar. Spinach, mange tout, the first of the courgettes and some of our Charlotte second earlies. We have had a glut of lettuce of all things as the plants outside caught up with the ones indoors in the polytunnel the weather has been so warm!

4 comments:

Matron said...

I saw those wool slug pellets on TV a few days ago. apparently wool fibres have little hooks on the strands which slugs find uncomfortable. It just struk me that you would have to put a lot of pellets down to make a complete barrier to the plants? Not sure

Ann said...

I must try some of that slug gone, we lose as much to slugs as we harvest, they are a real pest and I hate putting pellets down. I must admit, I don't keep so up to date with new developments these days, I think we can get into a bit of a rut.

Peggy said...

Matron, yes you do seem to have to put a lot down, its not just scattering them. You put enough down to form a 'crust' when wetted, the man I was speaking to, said about an inch depth!
I am going to put it on the Mange Tout peas which are growing in a straight row and see how much I get from this bag.

Peggy said...

Ann,I just bought a small bag to try them but they would probably work out a better price to but a bigger bag. They can be dug into the soil each year when crops are harvested and act as a soil improver then.