Sustainable plant manure
Although the type of fertiliser required varies depending on the plant and soil type, using organic plant feeds is often a good idea. This is because even though plants care less about the origins of the fertiliser than they do its contents, the benefits of organic are obvious. You can make your own organic fertiliser, thereby saving on money and packaging. Such fertilisers are also free from questionable ingredients and are also ideal soil-improvers thanks to their organic by-products. When suitably prepared, seemingly useless kitchen and garden waste can be turned into valuable fertiliser. Classics such as dried coffee granules, compost and horn shavings can be worked into the soil, where they decompose and gradually release nutrients.
Spraying pure plant power
Liquid manures and infusions also make for suitable fertilisers and can be conveniently sprayed. Nettle extract, for example, is rich in nitrogen and minerals, and is easy to make. Simply leave a bunch of nettles to wilt, cover with boiling water and allow to steep for 30 minutes. The Pressure Sprayer 5 l Plus features a wide filling opening and removable nylon filter, so that the extract can be poured directly into the bottle. Diluted with a little water, the extract can then be applied to the soil around vegetable plants, in order to nourish them. The telescopic spray lance with angled spray nozzle gives you greater range, so that each of your precious plants can receive adequate nutrition. Padded carry straps and ergonomic pump and lance handles make it easier for gardeners to fertilise large areas of the garden.
Pure nature: home-made plant protection
But what happens if your plants are attacked by pests or fungal infections? Here too, nature provides plenty of solutions without having to resort to chemical additives. If your beds have been colonised by aphids, your nettle extract can save the day. Use it to hose down the aphid nests each day until the aphids have died off. Horsetail tea can be used to prevent aphids and fungal infections. To this end, horsetail shoots are cut up and soaked in boiling water. After being stirred occasionally and left to steep for a day, the brew is heated and simmered for around 30 minutes on a low heat. Once cooled, some of the now-finished tea can be mixed with lukewarm water in a ratio of 1:4 and poured inside the 1.25-litre Pressure Sprayer. To make garden plants more resilient against any potential infestation, you can spray their leaves on both sides until dripping wet. It is easy to apply the mixture underneath leaves with the Pressure Sprayer because its brass spray nozzle can be angled up to 90 degrees and has both a jet and a misting setting.
Tea time for strong roses
There is even a natural remedy against rose powdery mildew. Gardeners may not find garlic tea very tasty, but roses will appreciate its preventive and restorative properties. To make the tea, boil freshly pressed garlic in water. Leave to cool for 30 minutes, then strain the tea into the Pressure Sprayer and top up with lukewarm water. You can then use this on dry, cloudy days when the temperature is at or above 10 degrees Celsius to treat your roses until dripping wet. This ‘tea ceremony’ can be repeated weekly as needed. There are a great number of other plants that can be used as a tea or preparation for environmentally friendly and cost-effective combating of unwanted guests in the form of pests and fungal infections. However, it is important to carefully rinse out your Pressure Sprayer with cold water after each use. This prevents the build-up of any deposits and unwanted mixtures in the pump.
Water: a cleansing thirst-quencher
A hard massage jet or gentle rain? If plants were able to take showers, they would opt for the latter. Gentle water mist not only cleans their leaves of dust and dirt, but also makes it easier for the plants to absorb moisture. House plants exposed to dry indoor air enjoy the refreshment, but delicate seedlings are also protected by using the mist setting. Soft sprayers are recommended for young plants, as they facilitate gentle watering via spray or mist and prevent the soil from becoming water-logged.If you need to treat larger plants or many plants at once, the Pump Sprayer 1 l EasyPump is the right tool for you. It is battery-operated, making it easy to spray larger areas. A second opening with a measuring cap makes it easy to fill, dose and empty the device. Watering becomes a sustainable process when you use rainwater. It is often softer and more nutrient-rich than tap water. Flat dregs of sparkling mineral water also make a welcome change and conserve resources.