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Shelf life of garden additives

Posted by zigzag 7b - Triangle, NC (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 13, 10 at 16:10

It's spring cleaning time for my garage and I've run across a couple of things tucked into back corners. They've definitely been there for a while (like 3-4 years), factory packaged - never opened and have no 'use by' type dates on the packaging. Garage is not heated or cooled, so they've had a range of temp variations, tho not boiling or freezing.

I hate to throw out perfectly good stuff, but don't know if these degrade over time and don't want to risk hurting my plants. I will call the manufacturers on Monday (just tried, nobody home weekends), but am sure they'll tell me to buy new!

1) Granular Milky Spore Grub Control, Saint Gabriel Laboratories - 20 lbs.
2) Spray-N-Grow (Inc.) kit (Micronutrient Complex, Bill's Perfect Fertilizer 6-11-5, Coco-Wet Organic Wetting Agent)

After a few years of slacking off, I'm feeling a little more up to gardening this year so would like to use them, if safe. Any input will be appreciated - thanks!

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RE: Shelf life of garden additives

  • Posted by zigzag 7b - Triangle, NC (My Page) on
    Sat, Mar 13, 10 at 16:43

BTW, in case it matters - the Spray-N-Grows are concentrates designed to be mixed and sprayed on w/in 4-6 hours of mixing. Never cracked the concentrates caps.

RE: Shelf life of garden additives

One year I took all my accumulation of additives and fertilizers and incorporated it into that years raised rows and got the tallest,lushest growth of foliage but nothing special in quantity at harvest time.
I'd save the wetting agent for when you apply pesticides.
6-11-5 can be spread without harm's a mild veggie garden mixture. Just break up the clumps if it's granular or if liquid, give it normal dilution. My Dad never threw out any additive..frugal I guess.

RE: Shelf life of garden additives

  • Posted by zigzag 7b - Triangle, NC (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 22, 10 at 20:09

Thanks, dottie! I actually did get answers from the manufacturers (posted over at Cottage Gardening) and you are so on target. Good stuff just doesn't go bad and frugality is a wonderful thing. Appreciate your comments! :o)

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