Joe Maiden photoWe 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 Maiden in his gardenJoe 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.

Llanishen Fach Primary School near Cardiff have been getting the children interested in gardening at a young age by starting a gardening club. After lots of hard work building raised beds and planting rows of lettuces, they decided to test out various ways and means of controlling the slug and snail population.

The children planted a control row, and alongside that they tried various traditional remedies such as egg shells, beer traps and

coffee grounds, plus a row of Slug Gone wool pellets.  Although they don’t seem to be particularly troubled by slugs at the moment, possibly because the raised beds are new, they observed that the lettuces protected by Slug Gone were bigger and greener than all the others. They found that mulching generally gave better results with the lettuces than those which had no protection, and the beer traps were the least well grown.

 

Well done to Llanishen Fach primary school for starting the club and getting the children interested in gardening, along with the benefits of eating home-grown produce.  Are these the dedicated gardeners of the future? We hope so!

 

 

Award-winning grow-your-own event, The Edible Garden Show had a fantastic turn out at London’s Alexandra Palace at the weekend, with thousands of keen gardeners visiting from all around the country.

 

Ana and RalphThe Edible Garden Show was launched in response to the grow-your-own revolution sweeping the country as many more people are choosing healthier and greener options to be incorporated into their lives. The emphasis was on living a sustainable lifestyle, and we like to think that Slug Gone helps you create this. Slug Gone is made from a by-product of the wool industry, is totally organic, and at the end of the season biodegrades into the soil to help condition it.

 

We had a fantastic response from gardeners visiting our stand, where we sold out of the 10 litre tubs of Slug Gone by mid-afternoon on Sunday. Also on sale were 3.5 litre bags of Slug Gone, Copper Slug Tape (another best seller), Vitax Q4 fertiliser and Liquid Growmore.

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The whole show was an inspiration with many interesting and innovative products, Photo 1 2014along with talks about gardening and cooking using home grown produce, and Alexandra Palace was a breathtaking new venue for us. We’re looking forward to being there again in 2015, when the show returns for its fifth year.