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Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening has some very wise and concise words to say about soil: "Healthy soil is the key to successful organic gardening. The basic principle that organic gardeners live by is to feed the soil, and let the soil feed the plants. The challenge for organic gardeners is to balance the soil so that it provides all the conditions plants need to thrive". (p. 541)
The biggest investment that you can make in your garden is improving the soil.
This fine milled alfalfa affects soil as though you had planted a cover crop. As a legume, alfalfa is naturally high in nitrogen. It also benefits soil microorganisms by helping them convert soil nutrients into soluable forms more available to plants. Finally, alfalfa contains the naturally occuring groth hormone, Triacontanol, which boosts the growth rates of seedlings. Alfalfa meal makes an excellent mulch for roses and other perennials, as well as a great additive for composts. Recommended application: 5-10kg/10 square meters. NPK: 4/1/1. Following are the measurements of the different sizes of bags. ZFL316A - 8 x 10 x 13 cm, ZFL316B - 28 x 13 x 48 cm, and ZFL319 - 16 x 16 x 17cm.
For generations, peat moss mined from peat bogs has been a popular soil amendment. Peat increases the water-retaining ability of soils, and acidifies as it does. The trouble is that the world's peat bogs store and filter around 10% of the Earth's fresh water, and they sequester carbon from the atmosphere. Beats Peat absorbs and retains more water than peat, it improves aeration and drainage, and it adds carboniferous organic matter to the soil. Plus it's pH neutral and will not acidify. A portion of every purchase goes to the World Wildlife Fund.
Another powerful organic source of nitrogen. A slaughterhouse by product, this powder can also be used as a rabbit repellent, and to kick start weak compositing systems.
Soil and hydroponic gardeners use Technaflora's Liquid MagiCal (2-0-0) to supplement calcium (3.25%), magnesium (1.25%) and iron (0.11%) to their regular feeding schedule and promote healthy leaf growth and prevent blossom end rot in tomatoes. MagiCal is also great for treating these specific growth-inhibiting nutrient deficiencies and improving fruit density and nutritional content. Unlike similar products, this unique blend is completely water-soluble for immediate plant availability during each stage of development.Liquid Calcium helps to prevent common problems such as blossom end rot in tomatoes and melons; and tip burn on lettuce. The "A" size of this item is 8cm wide x 8cm tall x 24cm long.
This1-9-3 granular formula fertilizer is designed specifically for carrots. Often times, regular balanced fertilizers produce odd results for carrots, as too much nitrogen can produce ample tops, but no roots. Most fertilizers don’t contain sufficient phosphorus for good carrot growth. But this blend of kelp meal, rock phosphate and greensand is perfectly formulated to give carrot plants what they want to produce nice uniform roots. Just make sure the soil is loose and free from rocks, and keep it adequately irrigated for really strong carrots. Apply 1kg per 2 square meters in fall, winter, or spring before you seed your carrot beds. This package is 14cm wide, 10cm tall, and 20cm long.
Alfalfa meal is one of the best products for increasing the overall nutritional value of compost. It contains a broad spectrum of important trace elements. Alfalfa Meal can be composted, mulched, or made into a tea and used as a foliar feed. Use as a general fertilizer to enhance microbial activity in the soil.
Just add warm water to a bucket with one of these compressed coco fibre bricks in it and you get a soft, fluffy, sweet-smelling material suitable for top-dressing lawns, flowerbeds. and containers or replacing peat moss in a starter mix. Made from the fiberous material surrounding coconuts, this is a sustainable peat moss replacement. No chemicals are used in its manufacture. Holds on to water well without getting soggy. This brick is 32cm wide, 14cm tall, and 32cm long.
These OMRI-listed, all-natural tea bags can be used to brew liquid plant food for use indoors in your garden, or they can be inserted directly into the soil to act as a root zone fertilizer in containers, hanging baskets, or garden beds.
It's very likely that if you haven't added lime to your soil in the last three years that the soil pH will be acidic if you live near the Coast. This pelleted lime product covers an area of 300 square feet, and raises the pH (lowers the acidity) to a neutral level more conducive to growing vegetables and other plants. It contains a mix of naturally occurring magnesium phosphate and calcium phosphate. Make sure to lime 3 weeks prior to planting. We recommend liming at least once every three years.
An excellent, if somewhat whiffy, source of phosphorus for root and flower development. Fish bone meal is also a good source of calcium, and it's highly packed with micronutrients not usually present in NPK fertilizers. A good alternative to bone meal.
100% Canadian milled flaxseed offers a great alternative to bone meal as a soil additive. Use it when transplanting, and as a bulb food. Dig some into your garlic bed! Recommended application: 2-3 kg/10 square meters. NPK: 5/2/1. This item comes in a package that is 10cm wide x 8cm tall x 13cm long.
This complete organic fertilizer combines nine nutrients from high-quality sources. The 2kg resealable pail will fertilize 60m (200') of row for the smaller garden. The large 10 Kg bags will fertilize a garden for several years.
This dry fertilizer is carefully formulated with organic materials and rock dusts to exacting standards with attention to sources and their suitability for organic agriculture. The fertilizer blends contain many ingredients to give you micronutrients. When blood or bonemeal is used, it is from Canadian sources.
Glacial Rock Dust is a natural mineral product which is produced over many thousands of years by glacial action. A wide variety of rocks which contain a broad spectrum of trace minerals are collected and pulverized by the expansion/contraction action of the glacier. As the glacier recedes, it leaves behind deposits of “glacial moraine”. These deposits are mined, dried, and screened for agricultural and horticultural re-mineralization.
Gaia Green Glacial Rock Dust can replace key elements that have been depleted from soil over the years. Replacing these missing minerals increases soil vitality which produces healthier plants. Gaia Green Glacial Dust supplies silicate minerals in a form readily used by soil microbes to create healthy soil. Our Glacial Dust lets the soil re-create the colloids (minerals and humus) which are needed to improve soil structure, moisture holding properties, nutrient availability and bacterial action.
Uses and Advantages-Gaia Green Glacial Rock Dust can:
· Increase phosphorus availability.
· Provide an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, plus trace elements and micronutrients.
· Increase moisture holding properties in the soil.
· Improve the cation exchange capacity.
· Improve soil structure and drainage.
Gaia Green Glacial Dust helps restore the correct mineral balance in the soil. When the correct balance is achieved organic matter is turned into humus and the soil becomes a favorable environment for a host of beneficial molds, fungi, bacteria and earthworms. When this happens, the living soil becomes a buffer to the many variables gardeners must contend with. You cannot over apply Gaia Green Glacial Rock Dust! It will not burn!
Greensand is an iron potassium silicate containing 7% potassium, 20% iron oxide, and as many as thrity other elements. Greensand loosens hard soils, binds sandy soils, regulates moisture, and assists in the release of other nutrients. This ancient seashore deposit is valued as a slow release source of potash and other essential minerals. Excellent for loosening clay soils! This item is 15cm wide x 15cm tall x 15cm long.
Gaia's High Phos bat guano is produced by fruit eating bats in the Philippines. It increase size and quantity of blooms in all flowering plants. It enhances production and flavour in tomatoes and other fruiting vegetables. Research shows bat guano to be the highest known natural source of phosphorus in the world. The pail for this item is 15cm wide, 15cm tall, and 15cm long
A fast-acting source of potassium and vital micro-nutrients.
This dry fertilizer is carefully formulated with organic materials and rock dusts to exacting standards with attention to sources and their suitability for organic agriculture. The fertilizer blensd contain many ingredients to give you micronutrients. When blood or bonemeal is used, it is from Canadian sources. This item is 15cm wide x 15cm tall x 15cm long.
Power Bloom is formulated to promote root and flower growth.
This dry fertilizer is carefully formulated with organic materials and rock dusts to exacting standards with attention to sources and their suitability for organic agriculture. The fertilizer blends contain many ingredients to give you micronutrients. When blood or bonemeal is used, it is from Canadian sources. The "A" size is 17cm wide x 17cm tall x 17 cm long. The "B" size 32cm wide x 6cm tall x 50cm long.
This fertilizer is derived from natural rock phosphate then pelleted using molasses for easy handling. Total phoshorous is 27%.
This dry fertilizer is carefully formulated with organic materials and rock dusts to exacting standards with attention to sources and their suitability for organic agriculture. The fertlizer blensd contain many ingredients to give you micronutrients. When blood or bonemeal is used, it is from Canadian sources. This item measures 17cm wide x 17cm tall x 17cm long.
Beneficial where major nutrient deficiencies are present, and vigorous growth is required. Seabird guano contains numerous trace minerals due to the high fish diet of the birds. Caution should be used because of the ammonia content which will burn roots if over applied. Not recommended for containers.
Steamed bone meal has lots of uses in the garden, such as for planting bulbs.
This dry fertilizer is carefully formulated with organic materials and rock dusts to exacting standards with attention to sources and their suitability for organic agriculture. The fertilizer blends contain many ingredients to give you micronutrients. When blood or bonemeal is used, it is from Canadian sources. This item is 17cm wide x 17cm tall x 17cm long.
Treats 2.3kg (5 lbs) of peas, beans (including favas), sweet peas, or vetch.
This fine black powder contains beneficial micro-organisms that attach to roots of legumes such as peas and beans. They create swellings on the roots that make atmospheric nitrogen available to plants for their growth instead of from the soil or purchased nitrogen fertiliser. Wet the seeds in a bowl outside, with 1/4 teaspoon water to 56 grams of seed (3 Tablespoons to 500g) and add the inoculant powder. Use the moistened seed within 24 hours. Please keep the inoculant package cool, since it contains a living organism.The package is 15cm long x 7cm wide.
Humik is 100% organic, granular soil amendment that contains humic acid derivatives. It increases organic matter content in the root zone, reduces leaching of nutrients, and promotes microbial activity in the soil.
Kelp beds off Port Hardy are harvested for top, actively-growing fronds. This seaweed contains micronutrients, as well as growth-stimulating substances that improve the overall vigour and stress resistance of plants. Dilution is 200 to 1, so the bottle lasts a long time. The "A" size is 7cm wide x 7cm tall x 19cm long. The "B" size is 8cm wide x 8cm tall x 24cm long.
Looks and flows like chocolate milk but don't drink it! It has a light fish odour. This deliciously nutritious fertilizer made from fresh fish treated with an organic non-GMO enzyme and low temperature hydrolysis, twice filtered, and stabilized with phosphoric acid to target a pH range of 3.5-3.8. It contains 2% total Nitrogen (N), 3% available Phosphoric acid (P205), 0% Soluble Potash (K20).The "A" size is 7cm wide x 21cm tall x 13cm long. The "B" size is 11cm wide x 11cm tall x 28cm long.
This mulch is long-lasting, eco-friendly, and beautiful in the garden; and will help you cultivate a much more sustainable landscape. An all natural ground cover, it reduces weeds and the frequency of waterings and prevents soil erosion. it expands to 2.1 Cu. Ft. Miracle Multch measures 29cm wide x 12cm tall x 29cm long.
Sea soil is a fully composted mix of fish forest fines. It is an excellent soil amendment with which to integrate organic matter into your existing garden beds. We recommend spreading a thin layer of Sea Soil over the surface of your garden beds in the spring. This OMRI - listed product has an NPK ratio of 2.1-.16-.05. Made in BC.
Pura Vida Organics Bloom Fertilizer is an effective liquid fertilizer for foiliar, soil and hydroponic applications. Made from fermented organic materials, it contain natural humates, micro nurtrients and microbiological activity. Useful for both transplant production and field and garden applications, it will give a little boost that will help your crops through periods of stress or fertility deficiencies. Dilution is approx. 2 to 4 tsp every 4L water. This item is 8cm wide x 8cm tall x 24cm long.
Pura Vida Organics Grow is an organic plant fertilizer specifically formulated to promote lush, green foliage, and accelerate shoot and root development throughout the vegetative stage of plant growth.
Pura Vida Organics Grow contains significant amounts of readily available organic nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K), as well as a complement of essential micro nutrients that vegetative plants require to sustain rapid aggressive growth.
Formulated from various plant materials and subjected to a fermentation process, Pura Vida Organics Grow enhances the initial growth stage of plants and provides both a balanced and available nutrient supply with continued use.
Pura Vida Grow Liquid Organic Fertilizers are effective organic fertilizers for foiliar, soil and hydroponic applications. Made from fermented organic materials, they contain natural humates, micro nurtrients and microbiological activity. Useful for both transplant production and field and garden applications, they will give a little boost that will help your crops through periods of stress or fertility deficiencies. Dilution is approx. 2-4 tsp/4L water. This item is 8cm wide x 8cm tall x 24cm long.
Mix a solution of 1g Dry Soluable Seaweed Extract per liter of water and drip at a constant rate into irrigation water for a constant supply of nutrients. Harvested from organic Norwegian kelp growing on the northeast coast of Canada. Contains over 60 chelated nutrients, vitamins, amino acids, and hormones that stimulate plant growth. The container for this item is 9cm wide, 9cm tall, and 10cm long.
Technaflora's exceptional B Seaweed extract is OMRI listed and produced from 100% pure, organic British Columbian kelp (Macrocystis integrifolia) that is harvested by hand in accordance with governmental policies for protecting the ecosystem. It helps plants take up nutrients and can be used in hydroponic systems, as a foliar spray, or as a soil additive. This product is super concentrated, so dillute according to the instructions on the package.
This nifty kit contains 10 different products for quite specific uses. Complete instructions are included on how to use the various kinds of liquid fertilizers at various stages of growth. A great value gift for the fastidious minded grower to learn about botanochemistry. This kit measures 23cm wide, 7cm tall, and 38cm long.
This fertilizer quickly corrects nitrogen deficiences to produce lush green plant growth. It also accelerates the decay of compost. The green version is an all natural and organic option for your growing needs
This fertilizer has many vitamins, hormones, and nutrients that quickly corrects nitrogen deficiences to produce lush green plant growth. It also accelerates the decay of compost. The red version works particularly well when trying to get to plant to absorb through the root. This product is 13cm wide, 20cm tall, and 5cm long.
An all-natural specialized liquid tomato & vegetable formula from Biofert's "Orugunique" line that contains 10 organic ingredients including calcium, kelp, and humates. Applied monthly, it promotes strong stems, flowers, and fruit set. The added calcium discourages blossom end rot and kelp stimulates growth in all stages of plant development. Humates are recognized for increased nutrient availability and uptake efficiency. Product of Canada.
Gaia Green's new specially mixed liquid tomato food that contains the specific nutrients needed to produce abundant, nutritious tomatoes, naturally. This liquid formula can also be used on all vegetables, fruits, flowers, trees, and houseplants.
This all-natural compost product by "Transform" is made from a blend of composted free range duck manure and re-processed organic mushroom manure. The resulting blend is incredibly rich, but has no odour. If using in containers mix 20% Transform with 80% regular potting soil. For surface or raised garden beds, add 1-2" of Transform as a layer on top of the whole bed. Due to its high nutrient content, this product should be used as an amendment, not as a soil by itself. Available in 20L bags. Made in BC! Buy 5 or more and receive a 20% discount!
Total N: 1.87%, P: 3.02%, K: 1.85%, Calcium: 10.90%, Magnesium: 0.59%, Sulphur: 1.99%
We regret to report that the bag-filling macine at Transform broke in the spring of 2013. So this product is not available until further notice.
If you're uncomfortable using animal byproducts or manures in the garden, this 100% organic blend is the answer. No animal products or rock minerals of any kind go into this wholly vegan blend. Mixed right here in Beautiful British Columbia!
Yes, worm castings are worm poo. Ours are 100% organic, completely safe, and it's nature's premium plant food! For lusher plants, higher vegetable hields, and more blooms, this stuff adds essential nutrients and beneficial life to the soil and also enhances moisture retention and aeration. It stimulates roots for faster germination and increases resistance to disease and pests - and it doesn't stink! A big thank-you goes out to all the worms of the world! It is also completely non-toxic, so it is safe around children and pets. OMRI Listed for use in production of organic foods and fibre. This item is 16cm wide x 6cm tall x 20cm long.