A generous donation of certified organic compost arrived just time for the planting of annuals in our show gardens.   We like using Reliance products as  they are  a low carbon company  which ‘harvests ‘ all the garden waste we drop off at the ‘dumps’ around Cape Town and turns it into compost. We then return it to the soil in our gardens completing the cycle.

Their main source of material is green waste or garden refuse from municipal drop-off facilities and landfills around the City of Cape Town. Each month, approximately 40,000 m3 is collected. It is chipped on site and then taken in enormous trucks to their production facility in, Klipheuwel. Here it is mixed with water, clay, and activated by the addition of more mature compost in long 50 meters by 2 meter high rows. It is then turned daily for 6 -8 weeks before it is ready to be bagged. Alien vegetation, that presents an environmental threat in the Western Cape, is also used.

Reliance has kept over 15 million m3 of green garden refuse out of already overcrowded landfills since the start of their contract with the city over 10 years ago. This resulted in a reduction over 1 000 000 tons of carbon dioxide gas escaping into the atmosphere, thus mitigating the impacts caused by climate change.

Reliance products are extensively tested by independent laboratories for bacterial contamination, nutrient levels, and insecticide / pesticide contaminant levels and recently even for radiation levels. These tests are to be sure that our products adhere to required standards and don’t add to environmental contamination.

15l and 30l bags of compost are available. Bulk orders of   fine, medium rough compost, mulches and top soil, potting soil and lawn dressing and bark -nuggets and milled bark.     Reliance Office email, 0861 888 784.



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Our gardeners were thrilled to be given this uniquely South African product which, as it contains natural growth hormones, is sure to make their plants grow bigger and be more productive. It is obtained from the giant Ecklonia maxima  kelp, or seaweed, sustainably harvested off the coast near Cape Point.
Kelpak contains several beneficial plant stimulating compounds as well as macro and micro elements and is manufactured by a proprietary process which while bursting the cells from which a natural, liquid seaweed concentrate is extracted preserves the delicate natural elements contained in the cells.
When applied, as a foliar feed or soil drench to plants, the auxin-like activity stimulates prolific adventitious root formation. The increase in root tips – which is where a group of hormones known as cytokinins are produced – leads to an increased level of cytokinins in treated plants Cytokinins promote cell division and plays a role in plant foliar growth.
The increased root volume and number of root tips also increases moisture and nutrient uptake from the soil. The increase in nutrients together with the higher level of auxins and cytokinin in the plant also makes the top, above ground, part of the plant grow.  This in turn results in increased yields and better quality plants.  The improved root system also makes the plant more resistant to stresses such as drought, water logging, soil nutrient deficiency and salinity, nematode infestations and soil borne diseases.