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Kelp4Less Product News – Discovering Kelp’s Secrets

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Touch the Soil News #143 The use of Kelp as a plant growth supplement has been documented back to Roman times. In the early days, folks would scavenge the beach for kelp washed ashore and work it into their fields nearby. In rather recent times (1979) it was discovered that high levels of biostimulants were present in the cells of fresh kelp. These biostimulants later became known as Auxin and Cytokinin. The Auxin compound was found to cause increased root development. The Cytokinin compound produces greater flower initiation and augments cell division. Kelp is rich in amino acids and is 28 percent minerals by weight – including a large number…

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Calcium – The Baseline of Soil and Plant Health

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For most of us, the simplest knowledge of gardening and soils was something our educational curriculums deemed unnecessary to know. Yet, there are few people who have not considered, tried, or are actively gardening to raise vegetables, fruit trees or ornamentals. But, when we look at a plot of soil, our mind goes blank – or drifts to retail fertilizers. At the baseline of gardening productivity is the presence of calcium in a plant-available form.  Calcium is essential for living organisms. Calcium in plants it drives sugar production, photosynthesis, nutrient density and the shelf life of produce once it is harvested. Interestingly, the fruits and vegetables from plants with adequate…

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