Q4 Premium Soluble Feed

  • Formulated to increase flowering and improve flavour
  • Revolutionary organic nutrient delivery system
  • The most complete feed available for the whole garden
  • Fast results achieved

 

This high potash feed helps ripen tomatoes, onions and other vegetables, and produces stronger plants and brighter flowers.

 

It is a unique formulation that combines all the essential nutrients with Vitax’s ONDS (organic nutrient delivery system). The high potash, high magnesium formulation, with raised levels of trace elements coupled with amino, humic and fulvic acids that go into the ONDS, ensure that flowering, fruiting and leafy plants receive the best care possible.

 

Pack size: 1kg

 

Orchid Mist Spray

  • Ready to use plant tonic and leaf conditioner
  • Contains plant nutrients and seaweed extract
  • Boosts humidity around the orchid

 

Orchids thrive in free draining soils and humid conditions.  To get the best from your plants water regularly but do not allow plant roots to sit in water.  To maintain humidity place the pots on a tray containing hydroleca and mist the plants a couple of times a week.

 

Orchid Mist Spray is not a substitute for watering

Pack size: 300ml

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Green Up Lawn Care Enhance Liquid Lawn Feed

  • The most advanced liquid lawn feed available
  • Unique Organic Nutrient Delivery system
  • As used by professional greenkeepers
  • Can be used on freshly germinated and newly established lawns

 

ONDS (organic nutrient delivery system) is a unique combination of amino and humic acids coupled with nutrients derived from organic sources.  ONDS ensures that the nutrients are targeted exactly where the grass needs them, in the roots.  This means that much less of the fertiliser is washed away compared with ordinary lawn feed.

Apply at any time from March to September in wet or dry conditions, even on newly established or freshly germinated lawns.

Pack size: 200 sq.m.

Green Up Lawn Care Enhance Autumn

  • The most complete lawn feed available
  • Unique Organic Nutrient Delivery system
  • Thatch busting wetting agents to relieve dry patch
  • Incorporating technology used in the professional sports turf industry

 

Contains nutrients, beneficial microbes, turf wetter, plant vitamins and molasses.  The organic content stimulates soil microbial activity whilst offering a steady release of nutrients, improving root development and giving a high quality lawn with good drought resistance.

 

Dry patch is a common problem that usually occurs when grass clippings have built up in the soil or the lawn has not been scarified regularly.  A layer of humus builds up around the roots, called Thatch, that becomes waxy and hydrophobic, meaning that however much the area is watered, the water cannot penetrate into the rootzone.  The result is patches of brown grass that remain stubbornly dry and unhealthy.

Vitax’s unique thatch buster is a complex mixture of beneficial organisms, biological stimulants and wetting agent that ensures water can penetrate the thatch layer.  Once there it will break it down over a period of time ensuring that the dry patch does not re-occur.  All in all, a healthier, greener lawn for you to enjoy.

Apply during the autumn and winter months to improve turf colour and resilience. Repeat in early spring to give an early season boost. Do not apply during periods of drought, freezing conditions, or when rain is imminent.

Pack size: 100 sq.m.

Copper Mixture

  • For use on fruit and edible crops
  • Protects plants from copper, manganese and zinc deficiency
  • Simply mix with water for use as a leaf spray

 

Vitax Copper Mixture is a blend of three vital trace elements for use on crops suffering from trace element deficiencies.  Copper deficiency can occur in beets, onions and top fruit on peaty, sandy and shallow organic chalk soils.  Manganese deficiency occurs in many crops including potatoes, beans and peas, beets, brassicas, carrots, celery, fruits and onions in peaty soils with pH above 6.0 and mineral soils above pH 6.5.  Zinc deficiency can also occur in fruit grown on sandy soils with high pH and phosphate levels.

Copper Mixture can be applied as a leaf spray. For best results apply during early morning or evening. Do not apply in extremes of temperature, very bright sunlight or in drought conditions.

Pack size: 175g

Grow Tubes

Vitax Grow Tubes are ideal for raising sweet peas, beans, leeks, onions, carrots and other tap-rooted plants from seed.

Grow Tubes keep the roots of plants warm and moist to encourage vigorous growth. Plants are ready for planting out when roots begin to grow through the sides of the tube, and protected from transplant damage by planting the whole tube.

The tubes will last for about 12 weeks, during which time the roots of the plant will penetrate the wall of the tubes.

The 6cm diameter tubes are completely biodegradable.

Pack size: 20 tubes

Joe Maiden writes for Gardenworld

We are delighted to have Joe Maiden, lifetime horticulturist, garden writer, broadcaster, journalist, Chairman of the West Yorkshire branch of the National Vegetable Society, President of Adel Horticultural Society, President of the British Isle Rose Society, life member of the Leeds Horticultural Society and garden consultant writing for our website.

 

Joe has been using wool fibre sheep pellets for about 30 years. These pellets are now of course sold by Vitax under the name of Slug Gone, but Joe explained that the pellets have gone through several changes of name starting with Dags, and progressing to Dalesman, Blooming Marvellous, Sheepit, and finally Slug Gone.

Joe has found this product to be invaluable to him, using it on flowers, fruit, vegetables and cut flowers with great success.  Slug Gone is mainly known as a slug and snail repellent, but Joe has unique ways of using it, for instance as a total organic long-lasting feed for things like hanging baskets and all his exhibition vegetables, as well as being a good repellent against the dreaded slugs and snails. He says he wouldn’t be without this product.

Joe has also been known to use Slug Gone as a liquid feed by putting one 10 litre tub of the pellets into a hessian sack and dunking it for three weeks in about 25 gallons of water in a dolly tub or dustbin. One jamjar full of this concentrated liquid to two gallons of water makes a very cheap and tremendous liquid feed for use in the summertime.  When finished with the sackfull, he takes the remnants out of the sack and throws them around the garden for slug control.

 

We’re so pleased to hear that Joe is such a devoted fan of Slug Gone, and in particular to find that he uses it for its naturally occurring slow release nutrients just as much as its slug and snail repellent properties. We can also add that it helps to improve moisture retention, is suitable for organic gardens, and is safe to use around children and pets – a truly multipurpose product.

Fleas, bedbugs, ants & flies?

At this time of year there may be crawling insects and pests in a spare room, shed or garage which need eradicating. This can easily be done with a Nippon Pest Smoke, an effective smoke generator which kills a wide range of flying and crawling insects such as houseflies, mosquitoes, wasps, moths, fleas, bedbugs, ants and cockroaches.

 

Odourless and easy to use, simply activate and leave the room for two hours, or for the best results fumigate in the late afternoon and leave the room closed overnight. For severe infestations it may be necessary to fumigate three times at 5 to 7 day intervals. Nippon Pest Smokes retail at about £8.99 for a pack of two smokes.

 

The smokes can be used in domestic situations, public hygiene areas, industrial and municipal buildings, pet shops, kennels and veterinary practices.

 

Contains permethrin

Riverside Garden Centre

Riverside Garden Centre in Bristol have an organic approach to all things gardening, and are currently promoting a novel and unique “Hug a Slug” scheme! They don’t sell metaldehyde slug pellets, but prefer organic products like Vitax Slug Rid pellets which are based on ferric phosphate, and therefore don’t pose a risk to children and pets when used as directed.

Slug Gone is a very popular product at Riverside, where they are seeing a massive increase in sales this year with customers returning for larger pack sizes.

Compost Awareness Week

Compost Awareness Week is an ideal time to start using Vitax Compost Maker, a specially formulated compost accelerator. Vitax Compost Maker contains organic nutrients which might otherwise degrade very slowly. It speeds up the breakdown of organic garden and kitchen waste, and can be used to recycle grass cuttings, leaves, egg shells, shredded woody materials etc.

While open heaps will compost successfully, Vitax Compost Maker works best if the heap is kept warm and moist by covering the top with a polythene sheet. In summer the decomposition process may take as little as 6 weeks. With tougher plant material or in winter, the process may take 6 months or more.

 

Compost Maker is available in 2.5kg cartons and 10kg tubs.