Summer Gardening with Wool Pellets
From Longway Homestead is the talk of Manitoba this summer… wool pellets!
But is it the talk of Vancouver? Read on for how you can bring love, growth and wooly goodness to your garden this summer!
Fertilizer and Natural Pesticide
Wool pellets are a natural soil supplement that acts as a fertilizer and pesticide that biodegrade after one year. It will enrich your soil and garden by:
- Adding aeration to your soil
- Increasing water holding capacity
- Repelling slugs and other pests
- Slowly releasing nitrogen
The wool for this garden supplement is sourced from local farmers that would otherwise have been thrown away and unsold. By working with Canadian farmers, Longway Homestead hopes to reduce wool waste in landfills and support the Canadian farming industry.
How do I use wool pellets in my garden?
You can directly apply wool when planting seeds – space your seeds out in your row and then sprinkle the wool pellets alongside your seeds. Cover up seeds and wool with soil. 1kg of pellets can be applied to approximately 20-25 square feet of garden.
Pre mix for pots – mix 1/2 cup pellets with 4 litres of soil and add to your pots.
Plants that are already potted – sprinkle the wool pellets on the top of the plants and push them down. Or leave them on top for pest repellent (they will not break down as quickly on top of the soil).
How much garden will one bag of wool pellets cover?
1kg of pellets can be applied to approximately 20-25 square feet of garden.
How long will wool pellets last in my garden?
When pellets are mixed with the soil they will start breaking down within 3 months. When used as a mulch it will take closer to 12 months to start breaking down. The nutrients in the pellets will release gradually and can last up to a year.
Will there be any transfer of weed seeds from the sheep fleece?
Definitely NOT. The heat used during the process of pelleting will destroy any seeds in the wool.
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