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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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Meal Fertilizers – what good are they?

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You may have seen them. You may have even cringed when you saw them (blood meal – really?). But what are they? Well, we have 7 types of Meal fertilizers, and they are all beneficial to your garden. So let’s break them down: Alfalfa Meal Alfalfa Meal is a great source of trace elements and small traces of nitrogen in organic form. It’s an awesome mulch – earthworms love it, as do roses. You can use it as mulch during the planting and growing stages of your plant’s life or use it as a top dressing during the growing cycle. Alfalfa meal has a wonderful nitrogen-to-carbon ratio, which is awesome for your compost.…

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What are the benefits of using organic fertilizers?

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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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Soooooo, how can I tell if my plants are under-watered then?

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So, we figured out how to tell if your plants are over-watered and how to fix it. But how can you tell if they are under-watered? And what can you do to fix that? Feel your soil. About 1-2 inches down, you should feel some moisture with your finger. If the soil is dry, you need to water. If you can still feel moisture, you can wait a day. Also, when you water, try to get water mostly around the stem, not so much the leaves and blooms of your plant. Please remember, every plant species is just a little different, but these guidelines will go along with most anything.…

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Kelp Fertilizer

Kelp Fertilizer

Several of the 12,000+ varieties in the ocean have been shown to be valuable additions to the organic garden.   Seaweed, otherwise know as kelp, can be either applied to the soil as a mulch or can be added to the compost heap, where it is an excellent soil activator but is most effective when used as a foliar application.   Kelp contains over 70 minerals along with trace elements, growth hormones, vitamins, enzymes, and proteins. It has been proven that kelp or what is in kelp can accelerate growth, increase fruiting and flowering, provide resistance to disease, insects and frost.   Other organic fertilizers we offer include compost, bloodmeal,…

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