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Why is composting so great? What do I need to do to compost?

  “Sooooooooo . . . why are you showing me dirt?” you may ask yourself. Well, any veteran gardener looks at that pile of “dirt” and sees a beautiful, rich, steamy, yummy-smelling pile of compost. Absolutely one of the best things you can do for your garden is to compost. We’ve talked about our “Lazy Man’s Compost”, and “How to Brew Compost Tea” in our blog before. But what if you’d just like to do it yourself? Well, it’s really simple. At our house, we have a second canister under our sink by the garbage. All food items go in there, unless it’s meat or has a high sugar content.…

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What are the benefits of using organic fertilizers?

There are sooooo many different varieties of fertilizer out there! And there are upsides to most of them. We are pretty partial to the natural varieties, of course, but even synthetics do have benefits. For one thing, usually you have a quicker uptake with synthetics.  Your real difference is your objective. Do you want to increase the nutrients in your soil for a long-lasting improvement overall, or do you want quick uptake? The problem with quick-uptake synthetic fertilizers is they tend to kill off a lot of beneficial life in your soil, thereby necessitating their use again and again. They are also not sustainable. If you are smart with your organic…

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How to Brew Compost Tea

Compost-Tea

Many have heard of the benefits of Compost Tea. You know it works, but why and how? We want to shed some light on this subject and explain a few key elements to brewing a good Compost Tea. The largest factor in the quality of your Compost Tea is, of course, your Compost. Where did it come from? How was processed? Great Compost should smell sweet, earthy and rich. Compost is a great tool if used properly(although it’s pretty hard to mess it up). Compost is full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals and when mixed with aerated water, active biology. Compost Tea Starter This Compost Tea Starter has added Mycorrhizae,…

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Lazy Man’s Compost

Compost Tea Starter

For some people it may be hard to keep a compost going. Following a few the 5 easy steps from Kelp4less, we will show you how to make it fun and easy to keep a compost box and provide a ready to use fertilizer instead of trashing it in a landfill. In our climate this is the easiest composting process. We call it the “Lazy Man’s Compost”.   Step 1: Decide where it belongs. Keep it in a low traffic area. Away from your house, on the corner of your lot or garden area works great. Step 2: Dig into the dirt a and break up the soil to allow…

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Tip of the Day – Nutrient Percentages

Nutrient Percentages

Nutrient Percentages Total % vs Available % Rock Phosphate is a great example and starting point. When you see 20% total phosphate vs 3% available, this means that out of the total 20%, about 3% is chelated, or available for your plants to absorb. We often interchange the word chelated with “plant available”. Don’t worry though, the rest of the phosphorus will become available later on, as soil microorganisms like bacteria and fungi secrete chemicals called chelating agents to help with this. Think of the other 17% as your “slow release” rock phosphate. You can purchase Rock Phosphate here. Amino Acids are another great example Plants synthesize Amino Acids from…

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How to Save Money on Nutrients

The first point to touch on is the retail products and prices in the marketplace right now. If you have a nutrient program right now, we highly recommend reading each of the derivitives are. We want to know what each of the products in your program are derived from so we can find a solution. We will start a well known source for providing quality products. Not many will argue with that statement, they will mainly argue with the price of Advanced Nutrients products.   Starting with Big Bud Looking at the back of the label I see that this product is Derived from: Mono Potassium Phosphate (MKP) – Shop…

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Top Products to Produce Large Blooms

We have compiled a list of the top products which will help support blooming and flowering. We understand how hard the transition from Liquid Hydroponic products to something like Kelp4less.com’s dry soluble powder. This conversion can be a mathematical nightmare for some. With the help of the Organic Mechanic and the Mad Scientist here at Kelp4less.com, we have made this transition effortless. We combine each unique product based on the cycle you are in and specially formulated each product to provide your thriving plant everything it needs to during each unique cycle.   We start with a Grow Pack: Buy Now As you can see it combines a great deal of products…

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Get More out of Your Soil

Healthy Soil

As input costs rise and land values soar, “We have to get more out of our ground every day. Biological farming does that. Healthy soils producing excellent yields and quality are the benefits from the biological farming practices. “Soil health is the capacity of a soil to function.” Over 95% of all the N in the soil is in the form of organic nitrogen, meaning it’s either in the bodies of organisms, or tied to their waste products or breakdown products like amino acids or amino sugars. Our Organic Nitrogen product Seen Here is a great organic solution to nitrogen deficiencies. Healthy soils high in organic matter and microbiological activity not…

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5 Ways To A Healthier Garden

There are many ways to complete this goal. Some of which may be a daunting task. Here are www.Kelp4Less.com we provide easy solutions for a healthy garden. Using these Top 5 methods, and some of our help, you are sure to succeed.   Top 5 Ways To Grow A Healthy Garden: Help your roots develop faster using our Mycorhizzae. This enhances and promotes root development to ensure a proper start to your plants life cycle. Use a compost or  potting mix that is packed full of organic material and nutrients. This organic matter allows for root growth and at the same time offering essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients to your…

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