Six new plant varieties and five new gardening products have won 2009 MGA Green Thumb Awards presented by the Mailorder Gardening Association.
Winners of the 2009 MGA Green Thumb Awards were chosen by an independent panel of garden writers and editors. The winning products were selected based on their uniqueness, technological innovation, ability to solve a gardening problem or provide a gardening opportunity, and potential appeal to gardeners.
Since 1998, the MGA Green Thumb Awards have recognized the best new plants and gardening products available each year from gardening catalogs and Web sites. The awards are sponsored by the Mailorder Gardening Association, the world’s largest nonprofit association of companies that sell garden products directly to consumers. For more information visit the MGA website.
Liquid Net® for Pets is a safe and effective way to protect dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from fleas and ticks without exposing them to dangerous chemicals. Made with oils of botanicals, Liquid Net for Pets is guaranteed to repel ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, gnats, blackflies and other biting insects. Liquid Net for Pets has a gentle, pleasantly scented formula that’s non-greasy and won’t dry out pets’ coats. The MSRP for the 16-ounce orbital sprayer (that even sprays upside down) is $12.99 from The Liquid Fence Co., (800) 923-3623.
The story of the amazing discovery of the Stark® Golden Delicious Apple in 1914 has been turned into a delightful new book for children. Sure to become a childhood classic, Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story entertains as well as educates young people on the basics of discovering new fruit varieties, grafting and propagation. The Golden Delicious Apple Collection for Children includes the book plus one bareroot Stark Golden Delicious Dwarf Apple Tree, a planting guide, a Children’s Tree Care Kit and an embroidered Stark Bro’s Kids’ Club patch to sew on a backpack or jacket. There is even a special Web site for children. The Golden Delicious Apple Collection for Children sells for $41.97 exclusively from Stark Bro’s. (800) 325-4180.
The Plant Cottage is a new way to keep houseplants happy. The cottage is housed in a pine cabinet with an energy-saving T-5 fluorescent bulb that lasts up to 30,000 hours. T-5 fluorescent lights are ideal for indoor plants because there is no flickering and the color temperature is perfect for plants. The Plant Cottage has a rust resistant metal liner inside and on the bottom shelf, and handy drawers for markers, scissors and more. The greenhouse-style top opens wide for easy access, and the gable ends are open for ventilation. The Plant Cottage sells for $399 from Gardener’s Supply, 1-800-955-3370.
With a new Optimum Deep Plug Starter Kit, it is easy to maintain the perfect balance of 1/3 soil, 1/3 water and 1/3 air to promote vigorous seedling root growth. Optimum Grow Plugs are made from decomposed bark and peat moss – an ideal feeding ground for beneficial mycorrhizae that help a plant increase nutrient uptake. The 2 1/2-inch-deep grow plugs give seedling roots a better chance to establish than in normal shallow starter cells. Complete kit includes a watering tray, deep 72-cell grow tray with Optimum Grow Plugs and a clear dome. The kit sells for $29.95 from Charley’s Greenhouse & Garden, (800) 322-4707.
Designed to repel moles from lawns, landscaped garden areas and flowerbeds, Liquid Fence® Mole Repellent Worms are made out of real food and impregnated with lab-tested and proven-effective Liquid Fence® Mole Repellent. Because they imitate a natural food source, Mole Worms are an irresistible taste treat for moles. Once ingested, the ingredients will disrupt a mole’s normal digestive functions, forcing them to look elsewhere for food. The MSRP for a pack of 10 Liquid Fence Mole Repellent Worms is $19.99 from The Liquid Fence Co., (800) 923-3623.