**This Giveaway is now Closed. Congratulations to Valerie!!**
When the people at Garden Safe contacted me with an offer to try their full line of gardening products, as well as an offer to host an awesome giveaway, I was happy to accept. Safe gardening products, to try for free! Sounded good to me!
A few days later, I received the package in the mail. They were extremely generous with what they sent out to me! I excitedly pulled bottle after bottle out of the large brown box. One particular label caught my eye immediately: Fruit & Vegetable Insect Killer. I’ve had a tough time with pests devouring my green beans and squash, in particular, so I was anxious to put the product to the test.
Before using it on my garden, I read over the labels on the bottle. Some of the wording went like this: “Made with Botanical Insecticides”, and “Use up to Day of Harvest”. Didn’t say “Organic”, but it sounded benign enough for me. I mean, it is called Garden Safe, right? So I proceeded with the testing.
I went out to my garden, doused several plants with the spray, and watched to see if the “Kills On Contact” claim held true. Unfortunately, after several minutes of watching and waiting, the bugs only scattered from the stream and crawled along the ground below the plants. Not one died. At least, not on contact. I didn’t stick around all night to see if they eventually keeled over.
I did get some of the spray on my hand when using it, so I went back in to wash it off. It occurred to me to flip through the multi-page product info peely on the back of the bottle to see what it said about getting this stuff on your hands. I was shocked to discover the warning which read:
If on Skin or Clothing: Take off contaminated clothing. Rinse skin immediately with plenty of water for 15-20 minutes, Call a Poison Control Center or doctor for treatment advice.
What?? Rinse for 20 minutes? Call Poison Control?? What the heck? I thought this stuff was SAFE. Well, I didn’t wash for twenty minutes, but I did call Poison Control , out of sheer curiosity as to what they’d say. After explaining to the operator what had happened, and listing the ingredients in the spray, she assured me that I wasn’t going to die. She did share, however, that the Pyrethrin used in the spray is a low toxicity insecticide. That might be okay for some, but I’m not cool with the idea of spraying anything even somewhat “toxic” on the food I plan on feeding to my children. If it’s dangerous to get on my skin, why would I spray it on our veggies?!
I went on to read more from the labels. Let me just say, I was not impressed. I won’t list every single thing on each bottle, but there were warnings regarding not breathing the vapors, not spraying this near pets or birds, that some of these products are toxic to bees and fish, including the sprays claiming to be “ideal for organic gardens”. Bees, especially, are so important to gardens! I don’t want to kill them!
In short, I do not recommend these products. I hate to give a bad review, actually, this is the first time I could not fully endorse something I’ve tested, but I can only give my honest opinion. It’s a shame that I just don’t feel safe using Garden Safe products.
With all of that said, it’s silly of me to offer these products as a giveaway. The only reason I will proceed is that the people with Garden Safe are also so generously including in the giveaway…
A garden tote bag with a weeding fork, sprayer, hand rake, trowel, transplanter, and clipper AND $20 gift card to Lowe’s!!
So, it’s still an awesome giveaway!
For your chance at winning the full line of Garden Safe products (use at your own discretion), a garden tote bag full of gardening tools AND a $20 Lowes Gift Card, you can do any or all of the following methods to receive one entry, with a total of SIX entries! But you must leave a separate comment for each entry to have each one count. Good luck!
1.) Simply leave a comment telling me what you think about my review.
2.) Add my Button to your sidebar, then leave a comment here letting me know you did, with a link to your blog. If you already have my button, let me know!
3.) Post something about this giveaway on your blog. Then come back here and leave a separate comment telling me you blogged about it, with a link to your post.
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Open to US and Canada.
I will choose one random winner on Friday, July 16th at 9 pm, EST. I’ll post the winner here once a name has been drawn, and notify the winner via email, so make sure to leave a valid email address. The winner will need to respond to my email within 48 hours, or a new winner will be drawn.