A Yorkshire organic gardening business is celebrating after Tesco snapped up its products to sell in supermarkets. Strulch, a mineralised straw mulch, has gone on sale in 50 of Tesco's biggest stores as part of its Responsible Living event, which is running for three weeks. Jackie Whiteley, who set up Strulch Ltd with her husband, Geoff, in 2004, gained the contract after a chance meeting with...
Jean Vernon chooses the best of the weedbusters It's not just the garden plants that are romping away in the borders. Weeds are making the most of the warmer, wetter weather and colonising any bare patch of soil. Time spent dealing with these culprits now will be man-hours well spent. Reap the benefits Applying a surface mulch does wonders for the border. Strulch is made from organic...
A new garden mulch! There aren’t many opportunities to be innovative in the garden and horticultural industry but that is what we have done. STRULCH is a mulch made from home grown wheat straw. Having worked only in the public sector, I set up the company with my husband Geoff, who is an academic. A mad idea? No, when you believe in something strongly you have to make it happen. We soon...
Strulch Limited was founded by Geoff and Jackie Whiteley in 2004 to market the new straw-based mulch. The process used to make Strulch was developed by Dr Geoff Whiteley in the School of Biology at the University of Leeds. It is distributed in the UK under license. Geoff has won a number of prestigious awards for the product including an Innovation Award from NESTA (National Endowment for...
Ilkley-based company Strulch has teamed up with celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin to help raise awareness of the effect of climate change on the world's poorest communities. Strulch, the organic garden mulch maker, was asked to contribute its environmentally friendly product to a design which went on show at Christian Aid's eco-house show at Birmingham's NEC. The product uses less water and...
01/05/05 Strulch Garden Mulch was used on the Africa Garden at the British Museum in the last ever Groundforce programme. 8 May – 4 September 2005 West Lawn, Museum forecourt Exhibition closed Part of Africa '05 season Over the years the BBC’s Ground Force programme has led millions of fans down more than 130 garden paths, creating backyard paradises in just days and teaching viewers along...
01/01/05 Strulch was used to retain moisture in a RHS long term trial of wetland iris. For further information visit the RHS
Strulch has featured regularly at Berryfields on BBC Gardeners’ World . “I have fallen in love with mineralised straw [Strulch] it’s a perfect mulch as it doesn’t hold onto the water. Spread it thickly and dig it in to add bulk to the soil at the end of the season. It definitely saved our Florence fennel from the worst of the drought. If water is scarce, conserve it for critical periods of...