Disease Control of Containerized Plants with Great Compost
The Woodlands Home and Garden Show September 6th
We are about to begin our Fall Garden Season for GardenLine broadcasts and appearances beginning next Saturday, September 6th. It all starts with a Live Broadcast on Saturday from the Woodlands Home and Garden Show at the Waterway Marriott in The Woodlands Mall area. You can check out the entire schedule of events at my webpage.
As most of you long-time email subscribers know, I love to give stuff away to those who truly pay attention. And next Saturday will be no exception. More on what we've got in store for you GardenLine Groupies in a moment. But first I was racking my brain trying to find a topic for this week's email tip, when John Ferguson from Nature's Way Resources forwarded me this technical magazine article called BioCycle and it was a phenomenal piece about how Biological Control of Diseases in Containerized Plants is being achieved with high-end compost type products. But trust me when I tell you this was highly technical piece that would bore the pants off the average person. So, I'll try to condense the meat and potato points.
For those of you who have listened to the radio program and/or been receiving these email tips for some time, already know what a fan I am of the 2-Year-Old Leaf Mold Compost from Natures Way Resources.
We've been recommending for years now a long-term, all-natural way to control such lawn diseases as Take All Patch.
So, I guess it comes from the No-Duh Department, but that highly technical article pointed to a myriad of diseases controlled in containers simply by adding high levels of organically-rich additives, such as compost. Well, John recently had his products re-tested for biological content and found (not to his surprise) that the biological content was 10 times greater than what is needed for disease control in containerized plants.
So, what does that mean for you and me, or the average consumer out there? You can probably do away with any synthetic fungicides for disease control in any containerized plants simply by adding super-rich composts like Nature's Way Resources. For the newcomer to GardenLine and/or these great organic products from Natures' Way, the theory is to simply "top dress" your containerized plants that might be suffering from some kind of root rot, rhizoctonia and pythium diseases, and the biological content will be washed down through the soil with repeated waterings. In other words, you don't automatically have to re-pot the situation.
If you're about to start new containerized plants and you wanted to be proactive in your planting medium, you could start with Nature's Way Rose Soil and then "mulch" the top two inches with the Two-Year-Old Leaf Mold Compost. That way you're double-protected.
Now, how does all this tie back to the upcoming live broadcast from the Woodlands? I squeezed some gift certificates out of John this morning after reading the magazine article, espousing the idea that we need to get these products into more people's hands, especially if they have container gardens. So, he's offered up a gaggle of gift certificates to give away. You just have to come to the seminar I'm teaching immediately after my live broadcast. Also in the matter of full disclosure, you do have to buy a ticket to the Home Show in order to attend the seminar that is part of the event.
So, I'll see you out at the Woodlands Home and Garden Show September 6th and bring this tip sheet with you so you can grab a coupon that entitles you to a free bag of Nature's Way Products at his facility right around the corner from the Waterway Marriott. Click here more a map.If we run out of those coupons before you get there, fear not as the printed tip sheet will get you another product or two from our bulging prize closet.
Be sure to check out Randy's Event Page to see where else Randy will be for the next few weekends. Bring your plants, bugs, and diseases for identification purpose.