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All Soils are NOT the Same!
Here is a list of of the many ingredients in our soil blends. Each amendment has it's own purpose and benefits to match the conditions of your soil and your horticultural needs. By adding them individually or combining them together, you will achieve your desired resuts.
Alfalfa meal with a NPK of 3-2-1 adds some major nutrients but is also an excellent source of trace minerals and a growth hormone called triaconatol. It heats up the soil in the spring and adds sugars and starch to the soil to encourage healthy microbial growth.
Bat guano is a high nitrogen fertilizer with an NPK of 10-3-1 and can be used as a top dressing, worked into the soil, or made into a tea and is a natural fungicide.
Biochar is an amazing soil amendment made by pyrolizing different waste stream feed stocks. This practice sequesters carbon and repurposes material that would otherwise end up in landfills. Biochar is used to de-contaminate soils from chemical spills, increase organic matter, improve soil texture and neutralize acidic soils. Keep your eye out for this product, it is locally produced and sure to be a game changer in the agricultural field.
Blood meal is a high nitrogen fertilizer with an NPK of 12-0-0 that must be used with caution since it can burn your plants. It is also very high in iron.
Bone meal is a mild nitrogen and high phosphorus supplement with an NPK of 3-15-0. It is slow releasing and requires an acidic pH to be most effective. If you have an alkaline soil this may not be the best option.
Calcium carbonate (lime) is pelletized limestone used to raise the pH of acidic soils.
Charcoal helps to purify soils by improving aeration, drainage and compaction problems in soils. It will also improve the plants resistance to fungal diseases. Produced in a manner different that biochar, it still is a quality soil amendment that is especially helpful when watering with chlorinated water in houseplants or other container gardens.
Coir is shredded coconut shells. It is used as planting medium alternative to peat moss. It is excellent for loosening heavy soils. It is non-nutritive but excellent for holding water and nutrients. It is a recycled product unlike peat moss that is harvested from peat bogs disrupting local flora and fauna.
Composted cow manure provides necessary bacteria, nutrients and organic matter to the garden.
Corn gluten is a natural “weed and feed” product. It is a nitrogen source and can also be used as a pre-emergent weed control. Excellent for lawns.
Cottonseed meal is a slow released balanced fertilizer with a NPK of 5-2-1. Somewhat acidic so it is a great choice for acidic soil loving plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, potatoes, blueberries, strawberries and roses.
Dried Poultry Waste (DPW), the name pretty much says it all. Drying and pelletizing the product makes it easy to spread and reduces the odor. It is a slow release fertilizer with an NPK of 2-4-3. It is also an excellent source of calcium and magnesium.
Dolomite lime is used to raise soil pH of acidic soils when there is also a magnesium deficiency.
Epsom salts or magnesium sulfate is one of the best kept secrets of the seasoned gardener. Magnesium is a common deficiency and mixing some Epsom salts into your soil or mixing with water and spraying onto your plants will give them a mid-season boost.
Fish meal is derived from catfish and is an excellent long season fertilizer with a NPK of 9-3-0.
Fish bone meal is alternative to traditional steamed bone meal listed above. It has an NPK of 3-16-0 and is also high in calcium. It may be a better option in alkaline soils.
Greensand also called glauconite, is comprised primarily of potassium but also contains iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and about 30 other trace minerals that plants need. It’s primary purpose however, is to improve soil texture. In fast-draining sandy soil, greensand slows the rate at which water drains, so plants get more moisture and more nutrients and you have to water less often. In clay soil, on the other hand, its sand-like texture loosens the soil and allows water to drain more efficiently.
Gypsum also known as Calcium Sulfate, is used to leach out salts from soil (caused by overuse of chemical fertilizers or pet urine) and also breaks up clay soil. It also supplies the soil with a pH buffered source of calcium to prevent maladies such as blossom end rot.
Kelp meal provides micro nutrients necessary to keep plants strong and healthy by supplying copper, iron, manganese, calcium, boron and magnesium.
Langbienite or sulfate of potash magnesia is used to supplement potassium when there is also a magnesium deficiency. NPK of 0-0-22, a little bit goes a long way.
Peat moss improves water retention and aeration of soil. It also adds organic matter that is slower to break down than compost. Peat moss is very acidic and can help amend soil to better grow acid-loving plants like blueberries, azaleas and hydrangeas.
Perlite is naturally occurring siliceous volcanic rock used for aeration and water drainage in soil. It can be worked into a garden bed, but is most commonly used in potting mixes.
Rock phosphate is a natural, vegan choice to boost phosphorus levels in soil.
Sulfate of Potash is a potassium fertilizer with a NPK of 0-0-50 so a little goes a long way. It is also water soluble so it can be mixed with water and added to the soil through your irrigation system.
Vermiculite is hydrated magnesium aluminum silicate. Added to sandy garden soil, it will improve water retention. When incorporated into clay soil it will help loosen it and enable better drainage and root development. It acts as little sponges in the soil to hold water and nutrients.
Worm castings are the soil amendment super food! They provide not only nitrogen, but micronutrients like boron, manganese, copper, iron and magnesium. They also come packed with beneficial bacteria and microorganisms to keep harmful fungus and bacteria at bay.
Sulfate of Potash
Cotton Seed Meal
Fish Bone Meal