In India the kernels of the Neem Tree are collected and cold pressed to extract the Neem oil which is used to control insect pests in agriculture and our home gardens.
The Neem Oil is not a poison so unlike chemical insecticides it does not poison the pests, the environment or the user.
Instead it acts as a deterrent and has the ability to prevent insect pests from feeding making it an anti-feedent and when a small amount is consumed by pest insects feeding on the plants sprayed with the oil they stop eating and starve to death..
Recently EPA came across an overseas study that suggested that the active ingredient in Neem Oil could be harmful to aquatic life.
Apparently there are other studies that show it is not, but EPA has taken the precaution of having all brands of Neem Oil to be re-registered and while the applications are being scrutinised the Neem Oil brands cannot be marketed in NZ.
That is the reason the Wallys Super Neem Tree oil is currently removed from sale while our application is being approved.
Neem Granules and powder which in India are called Neem Cake does not have that problem and is used as a soil conditioner, fertiliser and pest deterrent.
The only difference between Wallys Neem Tree Granules and Wallys Neem Tree Powder is the particle sizes.
The powder is uniform size particles about 1-3mm where the granules is a mix of powder up to lumps about 30mm in size but mostly about 10-15mm
The powder is ideal for using in the planting hole for seedlings, on the lawn and on smaller containers.
To deter carrot fly you sprinkle the power with the seeds when sowing and later when the tops are up about 4 to 5 cm you side dress the row with Wallys Neem Tree Powder.
It is fast acting, breaking down and needs to be reapplied about every 2-3 months.
The larger particles of Wallys Neem Tree Granules are slower to break down giving a much longer protection period of about 3 to 5 months.
This makes them ideal for placing in the root zone of larger plants, roses, shrubs and trees.
I have been pleased with the effects that have happened when used on the soil surface in the root zone of citrus trees.
An application sprinkled from the trunk to the drip line cleans the tree of all insect pests within a few weeks of application.
I had a Lime growing in a container that was attacked by scale insects with a lot of ants over the plant collecting the honeydew the scale was peeing out.
A handful of Wallys Neem Tree Granules onto the growing medium and within a month no ants and no scale.
A couple of months ago a lady gardener from India living now in NZ told me how she has beautiful roses free of pests and most diseases and looking very healthy.
The secret she told me was to put about a handful of Neem Granules into a bucket of water.
Stir occasionally and then take the water and pour over your roses.
A natural food and deterrent bit like the article I wrote a few weeks back about mixing Apple Cider Vinegar with water and spraying over fruit trees.
If you are going to try the Neem Granules into a bucket of water I would also suggest you make it even better by adding a little Magic Botanic Liquid (MBL)
It has taken us 6 months to get a container load of Wallys Neem Powder/Granules from India to New Zealand because of all the upsets in the supply chains and lock downs.
Normally it would have only taken 6 to 8 weeks.
I asked my India supplier because the delays are so long now to arrange a second container.
I asked for that 3 months ago and they are still trying to find a shipping line to bring it to NZ.
Why is this the case?
Which apparently applies to both New Zealand and Australia, as our Governments make them stand off shore for long periods of time before they can dock into our ports.
While waiting to dock they use up fuel and have to pay their sailors wages for doing nothing.
A few gardeners have told me that using Neem Powder or Granules in their vegetable gardens has deterred cats from fouling the gardens.
Apparently the cats do not like the smell of the Neem.
This may work for some cats and be a deterrent but I have not had sufficient feed back to say it is greatly successful on most cats.
If you find by using it in gardens that cats stop fouling please let me know.
The product Wallys Cat Repellent which is naphthalene flakes works on about 95% of cats.
We are trying to bring a shipment from India but so far not having any success so out of stock.
None of the shipping lines want to handle it so trying to air freight it here if they can find a plane to bring it to NZ.
My advise to all you readers currently is to plant up food crops into any available ground and stock up on essentials as a world wide famine has started and things are not looking good.
Have an ample stock of vegetable seed varieties that you like to grow and store the packets opened or unopened in a glass jar sealed with a lid in your fridge.
Also seeds for growing sprouts which can be grown all year round for good nutrition as not subjected to day light hours like our vegetable crops for growth.
Have on hand a supply of MBL and Ocean Solids which a small amount of both can be added to the water that you use to do your sprouts to increase their mineral content.
There is an old saying ‘Prepare for the Worst and Hope for the Best.’
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