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When a product is ground down into a meal or a flour, it is much more readily available to the soil microbes. This fine grind comes with an extra cost, but in return, one does not have to wait for a couple of years to go by before the product is bio available to the plants. Grinding down a kelp flake or a sprouted barley grain greatly increases the surface area of the material that is available to the bacteria and fungi. Their populations increase rapidly with the increased food availability, which is then taken up by the plants rootlets. We have gone to great lengths to source as fine a grind to our products as possible.

Alfalfa Meal Organic

Alfalfa Meal Organic

In Arabic, 'alfalfa' means 'father of all foods'. It is a member of the legume family and is a great addition to most soils as it has a complex range of nutrients and mineral content that benefit any plant or soil. When used as a top dressing, its protein and starch content, along with the varied amino acids it contains provide a nutrient surge that most plants love. This same protein and carbon content are great additions to any composting effort. Alfalfa also acts as a great plant growth regulator due to the tricontanol, a fatty acid growth stimulant that it contains.

Alfalfa is also a producer of tricontanol, which when sprayed on your plants during their growth cycles, will increase enzymatic, plant immunity and hormone activity. This auxin increases plant growth, flower development, crop height, while extending root growth and mass.

Kelp/alfalfa tea is a classic feed for your plants made of two special dynamic accumulators. Both kelp and alfalfa store nutrients that they pull out of their environment in their leaves and plant structure. The array of micro nutrients that kelp pulls out of the ocean is indeed substantial, and alfalfa is impressive in its own right. Alfalfa though also has the added benefit of a growth hormone called tricontanol, which is an auxin, or proven growth stimulant for plants. Combined into a tea and soaked or bubbled, these two create a powerhouse of plant nutrition.

Simply take 1/2 cup of alfalfa and a 1/4 cup of kelp, and soak this or bubble it in 5 gallons of water for 48 hours. If you soak, then make sure you stir the tea a few times a day. On established plants, you can apply this directly as a drench. On newly emerged plants, use at 1/2 the strength. The benefits to the plants are many, and your soil microbes will love you!

5lb $16
10lb $24
Barley Meal Organic

Barley Meal Organic

5lb $16
10lb $24
Blood Meal 12-0-0

Blood Meal 12-0-0

1lb $3.25
20kg $49.50
Bone Meal 2-14-0

Bone Meal 2-14-0

Bone meal, from a bovine source, has been used in gardens as a phosphorus and calcium source. It is sourced from bones that are steamed, dried, and ground down. It can be more readily accessed by the plant roots than a colloidal phosphate [soft rock phosphate], but works best in conjunction with a good mychorizal product. For this reason, it works best in soil that has a ph of 7.0 or below. Bone meal also provides a source of calcium for your soil.

1lb $3
20kg $50.10
Crab Meal

Crab Meal

Measurement Equivalency- 27 cups/10 lbs

The shells of crustaceans have two benefits for biological gardeners. They are largely made of calcium carbonate. There is a bit of phosphorus, nitrogen and magnesium in there- but it is the calcium carbonate they contain that is of value to us. This calcium comes without the extra sulphur, as in gypsum, or the extra magnesium, as in dolomite. This is an important factor for the not till gardener, who wants a continuous calcium supply without the burden of excessive amounts of the other nutrients.

But layered between the calcium layers is a material that is very common in crustacean and insect shells, called chitin. In the form contained within the crab shell itself, chitin is of little benefit. However, as the shell particles are broken down by the soil microbes, the chitin is transformed into chitinase. This material has unique benefits, as it is a natural bio pesticide which boosts the innate ability of plants to defend themselves against fungal infections. In addition, chitosan increases and promotes plant growth, boosts plant vigor and actually destroys cyst nematodes in the root zone without endangering beneficial nematodes and organisms.

Our crab meal is ground to the finest particle size available, as this increases the surface area of the material greatly, and equally speeds up the decomposition of the material in the soil.

5lb $20
10lb $32
Feather Meal 11-0-0

Feather Meal 11-0-0

Feather meal, which is made from the poultry industry, is a concentrated source of nitrogen when used in the soil. Levels of nitrogen can be in the 12 range, which is fairly high. So it is important to add this to the soil prior to planting, so that the soil biology has had a chance to work upon this meal ahead of time. When used in this manner, feather meal stimulates microbes, enhancing the decomposition of plant matter which then improves soil structure.

Overuse of feather meal can result in plant damage, due to the excessive levels of nitrogen present.

1lb $3
22.68kg $59.20
Fishbone Meal

Fishbone Meal

The value of fish bone meal as a soil amendment can be found in its phosphorus content, which is necessary for stem formation, root development and fruiting of many vegetables. Mineral sources, such as rock dust or soft rock phosphate [colloidal phosphate] are less expensive sources of phosphorous, however they generally take quite a bit longer to break down in the soil to a bio available form for the plants. Bone source phosphorus, whether it is steamed bone meal or fish bone meal, are much more readily available to the plant roots. Fish bone meal is preferable over steamed bone meal as it comes without the concerns of antibiotic and hormone accumulations.

Fish bone meal is a great amendment that you should not pass up, as it is a great marine based alternative to steamed bone meal. Fish bones from the seafood processing industries are dried and then ground up into a meal. This is then granulated to provide an excellent amendment for your garden that provides one of the highest sources of organic phosphorus available. Phosphorus is one of the three major nutrients, and is responsible for a host of plant developments. It is vital to new plants adjusting to a new soil condition, as it stimulates root development, which in turn insures healthier, larger plants due to the increased root mass which is able to absorb more nutrients and moisture from the surrounding soil.

Phosphorus is also very important for the blooming stage of your plants, as their requirements for this important mineral are heightened as the plant moves into flowering or the setting of fruit. In addition, fish bone meal also delivers many trace minerals, a good amount of calcium and a small amount of nitrogen, which is needed at all stages of growth.

It can be added to your soil mix at a ratio of ½ cup per cubic foot of soil, or it can be scratched into the top 3” of your beds once a month during the growing cycle at a rate of approx. 2 Tbsp. per sq. ft. of garden space. To feed your established plants, use approx.. 2-4 ox each month as a side dress during the growing season which helps to promote flowering and fruiting.

1lb $5
50lb $84.50
Kelp Flour OMRI

Kelp Flour OMRI

Equivalency Measurement- 16 cups/5 lbs

Kelp is one of the best soil amendments that you can add to your soil. We do not understand the full intricacy of the interactions between the 70 some odd minerals that are necessary for proper soil and plant health. However, we do know that they all are necessary, though some need be in only minute amounts. But even without these- biological functions can be negatively impacted or halted entirely.

Kelp is a super amendment for our gardens because it supplies a tremendous number of the micro nutrients and trace minerals that can have a dramatic impact on plant growth. Whether added to the soil, used as a soil drench or foliar, kelp is a full spectrum nutrient source.

But the benefits of kelp are not only found in its rich mineral makeup- it is also a superb biostimulant because of the rich cytokinins, gibberellins and auxins that it contains. These improve everything from soil structure, plant growth at all stages of development, taste as well as shelf life in fruits and vegetables. Because cytokinins are vital to cell enlargement and division, these are thought to contribute to the incredible growth rates of kelp plants in the wild. The indoles found in kelp are naturally occurring plant growth promoters for root development and bud initiation.These hormones increase root growth when seaweed extract is used as a root dip, or when the meal is added to the soil.

Our kelp is a very fine grind, which adds to the cost, but helps with the speed at which the material is broken down into its valuable nutrients by the soil microbiology.

Kelp/alfalfa tea is a classic feed for your plants made of two special dynamic accumulators. Both kelp and alfalfa store nutrients that they pull out of their environment in their leaves and plant structure. The array of micro nutrients that kelp pulls out of the ocean is indeed substantial, and alfalfa is impressive in its own right. Alfalfa though also has the added benefit of a growth hormone called tricontanol, which is an auxin, or proven growth stimulant for plants. Combined into a tea and soaked or bubbled, these two create a powerhouse of plant nutrition.

Simply take 1/2 cup of alfalfa and a 1/4 cup of kelp, and soak this or bubble it in 5 gallons of water for 48 hours. If you soak, then make sure you stir the tea a few times a day. On established plants, you can apply this directly as a drench. On newly emerged plants, use at 1/2 the strength. The benefits to the plants are many, and your soil microbes will love you!

5lb $27
10lb $43
Oyster Shell Flour

Oyster Shell Flour

Measurement equivalency- 22 Cups/15 lbs

Calcium is the work horse nutrient in ones garden, promoting strong root growth while improving nutrient uptake and the plant's ability to resist pathogens. There are a number of sources from which you can source calcium, however oyster shell flour is a very high quality source because it consists of 96% calcium carbonate, along with many micronutrients. Ground down to a fine powder, it provides a steady release of nutrients through the action of the soil microbiology, and helps to regulate ph levels along the way.

15lb $32
30lb $55
Malted Barley Flour - 2 Row

Malted Barley Flour - 2 Row

1lb $2.50
Soy Bean Meal

Soy Bean Meal

1lb $2
55lb $60