“Garden Safe” Product Review & Garden Tote Plus $20 Lowes Gift Card Giveaway


**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.

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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.

Good luck!!


Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

62 Comments

  1. I’ve left this post in my reader until now because I was gifted a bottle of Garden Safe pesticide, and “forgot” it at our old house when we moved cause there was no way I was going to spray that stuff in my garden! I’m glad I finally read this to see that you agree. 🙂

  2. glad you were honest! I have used their fungicide before though, and would use at least some of their products on my rose garden, etc.

  3. Good, honest review. I wouldn’t want to use it either. It’s amazing how “they” can get away with those misleading statements and then tell you to watch out because it’s poisonous and dangerous.

  4. I subscribe to your blog. I appreciate your honesty on the products. But would love to win all the other things!

  5. Well, I hate to hear that the products weren’t all they were cracked up to be – but, I appreciate your honest review. I’d still like to be entered – c’mon who couldn’t use a $20 gift card to Lowe’s? :0)

  6. I guess I’m not surprised that the products didn’t quite work as well as they said they did, either. Things like that can be difficult sometimes- never as effective as the coventional, icky pesticides.
    I’m still anxious to try some homemade organic bug recipes on my garden. So far, I haven’t had too many bug problems, but I did notice lots of ladybugs out there the other night, so maybe they are eating the bad guys!

  7. I like to see honest and well thought out reviews. I agree with you also that anything that requires poision control should not be the fuel for my gardening. Thanks for the great blog.

  8. Maybe Garden Safe- er? Anyway, sadly, few things are perfectly harmless. I’d be fine using this in moderation.
    Thanks for the giveaway to you and Garden Safe.

  9. Thank you so much for your honest review! The tote sounds great and I always can give away the other product to some people I know don’t care yet! Thank you and appreciated your honesty.

  10. I echo what others have said…I am happy you were so willing to honestly review the products. I’d like to try the rest of the give-away (and would pass on the non-organic products to people not keeping organic lifestyles).

    Thanks!

  11. I think its great that your giving an honest review and not misleading folks just because the company sent you things and you feel obligated to do so, I appreciate that your honest and open about your opinion!!

    Thanks!!
    Dana

  12. Not sure anything in the products would help our tiny garden, but I’d give them to my sister with a big garden who thinks chemicals are not so bad. Maybe she could say if they work. 🙂 My girls though, would be thrilled with some garden tools, and my Dad would love to get a Lowe’s card. As for me, I’d be delighted to see so many smiles. LOL

    Thanks for an honest review.

  13. I was going to say part of what Laurel said: Pyrethrin is derived from chrysanthemums. So I guess it qualifies as a natural product, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it carries no risks.

    I appreciate your honest review and your integrity!

  14. Thank you for your honesty in your product review. It would not keep me from purchasing the products if I felt they met my needs, but I would be extra cautious about reading all the included information before using. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the give-away.

  15. My husband has worked as a licensed pesticide operator and, as such, as completed many hours of training on this topic. I feel obligated to point out to you that the first rule they are taught before using any pesticide, regardless of what it’s called or what you’re trying to treat for, is to read the label. Completely. Including the little booklets that unfold from the bottles. As they say in that line of work, “the label is the law”. I really don’t mean to come across as snarky, but really – a pesticide is a pesticide, and nearly all of them could be considered to be a “chemical”. As a chemist myself, again, the first rule is to read the label.

    In any case, pyrethrin is derived from chrysanthemums which is probably how they can get away with calling it “safe” and saying that it is made from “botanical insecticides”. It truly is one of the safer products out there, but of course nothing is as safe as doing nothing.

    If you’re looking for a non-chemical approach, you should look for an active ingredient Bacillus thuringiensis (BT). It’s a living organism that attacks the insects you are trying to get rid of. Is it any safer to you or the rest of the environment? That seems to be up for debate – Google it to learn more – but it is definitely a non-chemical approach. It does take longer for it to work on eliminating your garden pests, but that’s one of the consequences of going with a more natural approach.

    As far as the bees are concerned, you should avoid classes of products known as imidacloprids. They’re being looked at as a primary cause of colony collapse disorder.

    I hope you find a way to rid your garden of pests, but remember that nothing is 100% safe – and always read the label.

  16. I am very impressed with your honesty in your review! I LOVE the fact that you spoke your mind ESPECIALLY when you had concerns over the product itself. Thank you for being honest and not being “bought” by a free product. Not something you see every day these days, sadly.

  17. I do enjoy reading your blog spots, love also your honesty about things. Like that you are always trying new things like me. I am not opposed to some pesticides.. I know its not what alot of peoples thoughts are now. My fruit trees would not be surviving if I did not use a pesticide. They are young and not producing yet. Im hoping to use nets more when fruit trees are producing and not rely so much on pesticides. I have spent so much money on fruit trees and watched them die to bugs….I really want them to grow and provide food for us..
    Debbie Miller

  18. Boy, these products are scary!!!!! And to think they say they are safe? Don’t think so!

    I enjoy your articles and am a friend on Facebook! I would love to win the garden tools, though!

  19. I think if you are going to do reviews, you should always be honest, so great job! 🙂 I would love to win the other stuff!

  20. I’m frankly not surprised by your review at all. My husband and I just let it go. We have beetles attacking our green beans but they don’t seem to be bothering the stem of the plant, just the leaves. I don’t think I have ever treated my plants, nor do we plan to. I don’t believe anything is organic unless I can pronounce the ingredients on the bottle and if the bottle has no warnings (which is impossible). Sorry you had to write a bad review but like you said, still a pretty awesome giveaway! BTW, have you tried marigolds around your garden? They help relieve some of the pests.

  21. I’m very impressed to hear how honest you were about the product. That really says a lot about you. This must be why I love your blog so much! But the garden tote would be cool, plus the Lowe’s gift card.

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