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Get the most out of your bloom cycle

Bloom Booster

Here at Kelp4less we strive to make gardening as fun, easy and cost effective as we possibly can. Making the process fun and easy, will ensure that your harvest’s will be healthy enough to spread to others. Much of your time, money and energy goes into your garden. Here are a few tips to help make the most of your garden. There are 2 main ways to enhance your bloom cycle. The 1st being, Organic Enhancers, and the 2nd being, Synthetic Enhancers. We will cover both. 1. Organic Enhancers Many of our valued customers specifically ask for advice during the bloom cycle and would like to enhance this phase of plant…

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Going the extra mile: Foliar Feeding

Foilar Spray Starter Pack

Many growers contact us looking for a way to increase yield and quality. If you’re using a nutrient blend you feel comfortable with, and are having good results, foliar feeding will take you to the next level. This technique allows the plant to absorb nutrients through the leaves’ stomata and epidermis. It’s especially effective when feeding mobile nutrients, which the plant can easily translocate to an area of deficiency. A change in the plants’ “body language” can often times be witnessed only a few hours later. Here are a few tips to make sure your feedings are as beneficial as possible. Feed early in the day or in the evening,…

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How to start seedlings

Ever wonder the best way to start seeds and have them actually germinate? I sure have! So, I did some research, and have put down a few of (I feel) the most useful tips for starting seeds! Since spring is coming (eventually!), it seems a good time to get the info out there! See – the thing is – the growing season just isn’t long enough. Especially if you live somewhere like Idaho, where we get freezes at night sometimes up until the end of May! So, it’s a great idea to grow your seeds inside, where it’s nice and warm, and then transplant them outside to fruit. Plus, starting your…

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Why is your Myco + Innoculant blend more expensive?

Myco + Trichoderma

We recently received a comment from one of our customers wondering why Kelp4Less – a company which prides itself on lower prices than anyone else – would have a product that is more expensive than someone else!!! This is a very valid question, and we had to do some research to make sure we weren’t charging you folks too much! So here is what we found. The most comparable product we could find to our Myco + Innoculant Blend (this was the specific product we had the question on), had the following ingredients listed on their label:  strains of 6 endotrophic and 6 ectotrophic mycorrhizae species, 2 trichoderma, 13 strains…

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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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