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Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden Posted on 23 Feb 17:59 , 1 comment

We've discussed recycling and composting in the garden a few times.  There are many benefits of composting not just for the garden but also for our planet!

Before we get started with coffee grounds,
I need to mention that we just offered a 99 CENT SEED SALE
at Mary's Heirloom Seeds thru March 1st.  CLICK HERE for details.

 

If you drink coffee, you NEED to read this!  Hey, even if you don't drink coffee, you probably know someone who does and would be willing to share their coffee grounds


Composting coffee grounds is easy!  Just throw them into your compost pile or bin.  Used coffee filters can be composted as well, preferably unbleached.  If you add coffee grounds, this is considered "green material" so you'll need to balance with "brown material."

Coffee Grounds can be used as a fertilizer as it adds organic material to the soil.  This can improve drainage and water retention.  Bonus, spent coffee grounds attract earthworms!


There are many uses for Coffee Grounds in the garden.

Many gardeners like to use used coffee grounds as a mulch for their plants. Other used for coffee grounds include using it to keep slugs and snails away from plants. The theory is that the caffeine in the coffee grounds negatively affects these pests and so they avoid soil where the coffee grounds are found. Some people also claim that coffee grounds on the soil is a cat repellent and will keep cats from using your flower and veggie beds as a litter box. You can also use coffee grounds as worm food if you do vermicomposting with a worm bin. Worms are very fond of coffee grounds. 


Decomposing coffee grounds have their own fungal and mold colonies and those fungal colonies tend to fight off other fungal colonies. If this seems weird, just remember that the antibiotic penicillin was developed from a mold. The world of teeny, tiny things is fighting for space and resources just as fiercely as the world of big, visible things, and you can use that to your advantage.


Disease suppression

As they decompose, coffee grounds appear to suppress some common fungal rots and wilts, including Fusarium, Pythium, and Sclerotinia species. In these studies, coffee grounds were part of a compost mix, in one case comprising as little as 0.5 percent of the material. Researchers suggest that the bacterial and fungal species normally found on decomposing coffee grounds, such as non-pathogenic Pseudomonas,Fusarium,  andTrichodermaspp. and pin molds (Mucorales), prevent pathogenic fungi from establishing. A similar biocontrol effect was noted on bacterial pathogens including E. coliand Staphylococcusspp., which were reduced on ripening cheeses covered with coffee grounds.


Effects on plant growth

Given their antimicrobial activity, it’s not surprising that attempts to cultivate mushrooms in coffee grounds have been variable and species-specific. Likewise, their effects on plant growth are unpredictable.  Coffee ground composts and mulches have enhanced sugar beet seed germination and improved growth and yield of cabbage and soybeans. It’s been an effective replacement for peat moss in producing anthuriums. Increases in soil nitrogen as well as general mulching benefits, such as moderating soil temperature and increasing soil water, are proposed mechanisms for these increases.


Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden

-Toss them in the compost

-Add them to your vermicompost (worm bins)

-Add directly to soil for organic matter

-Mulch with coffee grounds

-Add to you Organic liquid fertilizer

-Mix with carrot seeds to improve germination and soil aeration


There you have it!  Do you use Coffee Grounds in the garden?
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DIY Organic Liquid Fertilizer Mix Posted on 04 Sep 20:43 , 3 comments

A customer recently asked about using our Mary's Organic Plant Food in the garden on growing plants. Granular and powdered plant food is usually easier to apply MIXED into soil. However, making your own liquid, organic plant food is easy!

First, liquid feeding is usually easier with established plants. Second, liquid feed can give your plants a quicker "boost" if they need fast relief.


At Mary's Heirloom Seeds we offer a unique selection of Organic Soil Amendments. These can be combined to best suit your plant nutrient needs.

Let's get started!

For this recipe, I'm using 4 different organic soil Amendments.

Mary's Organic Plant Food


  • A complete plant food with all 15 essential nutrients
  • Originally developed for professional gardeners
  • Complex blend of natural organics provide complete and balanced feeding of all 15 nutrients
  • Environmentally safe
  • No sludges, hazardous or toxic ingredients


AZOMITE *Very important for healthy root growth*


  • Give Plants the Vital Minerals They need to Thrive
  • Great soil additive for all plants
Azomite rock dust is a naturally mined volcanic rock composed of over 70 minerals and trace elements that are essential for optimal plant health. The rock formation in Utah from which Azomite is mined was formed when volcanic ash merged with sea water. This mixture of volcanic ash and sea water created a unique source of trace minerals and elements that moist soils are void of. Just like humans, plants require many minerals to reach peak health and vigor. Re-mineralize your soil with Azomite and your plants will thank you and reward you! 


ALFALFA MEAL
Derived from leguminous perennial alfalfa plant used for pasture and cover crop. Primary benefit of this pleasant smelling meal is increasing organic matter, although it is also a valuable plant-derived fertilizer.
  • NPK analysis is 2.8-0.29-2.4
  • Contains trace minerals and triaconatol
  • Excellent addition to the compost pile for nitrogen content and absorbency
  • Roses respond especially well to alfalfa meal
  • WSDA Certified Organic Alfalfa Meal


Organic Calcium supplement-Oyster Shell
Carefully blended from organic nutrients in the ideal proportions without the use of synthetics, growth stimulants or low quality fillers
Calcium is a component of plant cell walls, and it’s needed for enzyme formation and nitrate uptake. Organic calcium can also be used to help neutralize excessively acidic soils, which is especially important when you’re growing green, leafy vegetables like lettuce and spinach, or cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale.
Highest quality ingredients help provide an effective and environmentally friendly approach to plant care, crop fertilization and soil management.


DIY LIQUID FERTILIZER RECIPE
1 cup Mary's Organic Plant food
1/3 cup Oyster Shell
1/3 cup Organic Alfalfa Meal
1/3 cup AZOMITE
**1/4 of each for light feeding**

Add all ingredients to a 5 gallon bucket 
*Preferably a food-grade, pba-free bucket*
Fill the bucket with water and mix thoroughly
Let the mixture sit for 12-24 hours. Optional: stir occasionally

Apply liquid fertilizer to plants @ 1 to 4 cups per plant

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Using Calcium in the Garden for Healthy Plants Posted on 04 Aug 22:25 , 1 comment

Have you ever added Oyster Shell Fertilizer to your soil?  Wondering WHY we add calcium?  Well here ya go!

Calcium is a component of plant cell walls, and it’s needed for enzyme formation and nitrate uptake. Oyster Shell is ground up into a powder and used as a natural and organic source of Calcium!  Organic calcium can also be used to help neutralize excessively acidic soils, which is especially important when you’re growing green, leafy vegetables like lettuce and spinach, or cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale.
 
KALE in the garden
 

Calcium carbonate is used to help prevent the spread of various diseases, such as powdery mildew, black spot, and blossom end rot. Other benefits of calcium include, protection from heat stress, increases metabolic functions in plant cells,  leading to a greater intake of other nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus.  Natural, organic source of calcium is used to correct Ca deficiencies and raise pH in acidic soils.

 

RADISH!  If you grew spindly radish or your radish did not form a "bulb," that usually means that your soil in calcium deficient.  This is an indicator that other plants might be suffering as well.

Organic calcium sources include dolomite lime, calcite, ground oyster shell (oyster shell flour), and crushed eggshells.
 

We eat eggs here but not near enough to supply our gardens with calcium.  So we substitute with Ground Oyster Shell.
 
TOMATOES
If you experienced issues with "Blossom End Rot" then adding calcium to your soil might greatly improve your harvest!  Blossom End Rot: "This funky-sounding plague is a disease in tomatoes due to a calcium deficiency (or a watering issue). It manifests itself as a watery spot near the blossom end (the bottom, the butt, etc) when the tomato has begun to develop. Eventually, the spot will spread like a cancer. And it will be game over for that fruit."
 
The black spot will spread, eventually rotting the entire tomato
 
 
SQUASH can also be affected by calcium deficiency.
 
PEPPERS

Calcium plays a pivotal role in the development of cells in plants. Bell pepper plants need calcium to produce fruits that have thick, sturdy walls. The thick walls are good for the health of the plant, as they are better able to resist rot and other diseases. Well developed peppers are also good for you, as the fruit has a better taste and flavor.
 
Blossom End Rot is a sign of calcium deficiency in Peppers as well.
 
Are you seeing the pattern here?  Instead of waiting until you see a sign of distress in your plants, Plan ahead and boost your soil health.

Oyster Shell flour
Applying Oyster Shell Flour to you soil
 
For new container gardens, add 1 tablespoon per gallon of soil. 
 
For new gardens:

2 lbs /100 sq ft, depending on soil analysis and crop. Repeated applications may be needed to fully adjust pH and Ca levels.
 
Adjust down if you have already applied calcium to soil or if you are using additional amendments with calcium included.
 
How to Apply
Mix into top 4-6" of soil for planting preparation
Side-dress around single plants or along plant row for established plants, 2-4" from plant stem; lightly scratch in to soil (maximum soil contact)
 
Water in after application


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Organic Nutrients SALE thru Friday! Posted on 05 Jul 06:01 , 0 comments

BONUS:  $.99 seed pack sale thru Friday as well!!!
SALE HAS BEEN EXTENDED THRU SATURDAY, JULY 9TH


HEALTHY, LIVING SOIL
In case you missed it, Last week we sent out an email about Organic Nutrients and how they affect your plant health and soil health
We also put a few Organic Soil Amendments on sale!!!

***TODAY we added a few BEE-FRIENDLY Seed Varieties to our sale***
Each of the seed varieties listed below are only $.99 each!
Helpful Links:
The Importance of Living Soil

Growing Organic & Regenerative Agriculture

Mycorrhizae: The Fantastic Fungus

Mycorrhizae is a fungi that has a beneficial relationship with a plants roots. When Mycorrhizal fungi comes into contact with a plants roots it begins to colonize, or multiply, on the roots and begins to spread out into the surrounding soil. These strands of mycorrhizal fungi effectively become an extension of the roots and can increase the absorbtion area of a plants root system by 10 to 1,000 times. This allows the root system a more efficient intake of nutrients and water.

NOW we offer 2 different options of Myco
 

 

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Feeding Your Plants - Organic Nutrients Update Posted on 02 Jul 07:09 , 0 comments

If you're growing a veggie garden or you've ever grown a garden then you probably know that nutrients are very important.  Sun and soil (and SEEDS) are also important. Nutrients play an integral role in plant health.

Plant Nutrients-Getting Started
Most "all-in-one" type of fertilizers have an "NPK" rating.  NPK stands for Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium(potash). 

What does each nutrient do? 
In addition to other properties, Nitrogen helps plant foliage to grow strong. Phosphorous helps roots and flowers grow and develop. Potassium (Potash) is important for overall plant health.

Minerals are also VERY important to healthy plant growth.

What is Alfalfa Meal and How does it Work?
From our website,
Derived from leguminous perennial alfalfa plant used for pasture and cover crop. Primary benefit of this pleasant smelling meal is increasing organic matter, although it is also a valuable plant-derived fertilizer.
  • NPK analysis is 2.8-0.29-2.4
  • Contains trace minerals and triaconatol
  • Excellent addition to the compost pile for nitrogen content and absorbency
**It is important to mention that our Alfalfa Meal is Organic and Non-GMO**  If you are looking to avoid synthetic pesticides and gmo derivatives, Organic and Non-GMO is the way to go.

When added to your compost pile, alfalfa acts as a stimulant. It decomposes rapidly, creating heat which helps the rest of your compost to decompose. And your finished compost will have higher nutrient levels when alfalfa is used. Higher nutrient levels in your compost and soil means more nutrient-dense produce in your garden.  Bonus, Worms LOVE Alfalfa Meal!

As a garden fertilizer, alfalfa meal is used to increase organic matter in the soil and makes an excellent fast and effective soil conditioner. The high amounts of carbohydrates and protein encourage beneficial soil microbes and earthworms that are responsible for quickly breaking down the nutrients and making them available for use by the plantsFor more info, read
Benefits of Using Alfalfa Meal
&
Make Your Own Organic Liquid Fertilizer


Azomite rock dust is a naturally mined volcanic rock composed of over 70 minerals and trace elements that are essential for optimal plant health. The rock formation in Utah from which Azomite is mined was formed when volcanic ash merged with sea water an estimated 30 million years ago. This mixture of volcanic ash and sea water created a unique source of trace minerals and elements that moist soils are void of. Just like humans, plants require many minerals to reach peak health and vigor. Re-mineralize your soil with Azomite and your plants will thank you and reward you!

For more info, read
Using Azomite in the Garden for Healthy Plants
 
Contains potash and other minerals from natural marine deposits. Excellent soil conditioner. Greensand is a mined mineral rich in soil conditioning glauconite.
BOTH of these plant nutrients are important for "heavy feeders" such as Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Pumpkins and Squash
From our website,
  • Greensand is a mined mineral rich in soil conditioning glauconite
  • Contains potash and other minerals from natural marine deposits
  • Excellent soil conditioner
  • Carrying a formulation of 0-0-0.1
Greensand turns dense, heavy clay into manageable soil. Greensand is a naturally-occurring iron-potassium silicate that can increase soil's moisture absorption by up to ten times. 
There are more than 30 trace minerals and nutrients in greensand, with high concentrations of Iron (Fe), Potassium (K), Silicon (Si), Oxygen (O), Magnesium (Mg), Aluminum (Al), Sodium (Na), and Hydrogen (H). These minerals release slowly into the soil in just the proportions that plants need.

For more info, read
Using Greensand in the Garden for Healthier Soil  




Kelp is derived from sea plants and is sustainable.  Kelp Meal contains only small amount of N, P, and K (highest in Potash) but adds valuable micronutrients.  Kelp Meal also contains vitamins that help increase yields, improve soil structure, reduce plant stress from drought, and increase frost tolerance.

From our website,
Organic Kelp Meal (1-0-2) is dried and ground Rock Weed (Ascophyllum Nodosum), which grows in the cold clean waters along the New England coast, and is known as the best marine plant available for agriculture today

Full of trace Minerals, Carbohydrates and Amino Acids, helping create a strong root systems and makes a very healthy plant

It should be tilled in the soil before planting or can be top dressed, incorporated into potting soils, seed beds and composting material.
Organic kelp meal is ascophyllum nodosum, which is widely recognized as one of the finest marine plants available for agriculture today
It is a natural and cost effective enhancement to any soil fertilization and conditioning program
It is suitable for all crops and applications, and can be mixed with most soil conditioners and fertilizers

BONUS:  Sprinkle a small handful of kelp meal early in the growing season around and on the base of squash plants to help deter squash bugs.  Do this every 10 days where squash bugs are a problem.

Fro more info, read
Kelp Tea Recipe for your Garden 



  • A complete plant food with all 15 essential nutrients
  • Originally developed for professional gardeners
  • Complex blend of natural organics provide complete and balanced feeding of all 15 nutrients
  • Environmentally safe
  • No sludges, hazardous or toxic ingredients

Carefully blended from organic nutrients in the ideal proportions without the use of synthetics, growth stimulants or low quality fillers

Calcium is a component of plant cell walls, and it’s needed for enzyme formation and nitrate uptake. Organic calcium can also be used to help neutralize excessively acidic soils, which is especially important when you’re growing green, leafy vegetables like lettuce and spinach, or cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale.

Highest quality ingredients help provide an effective and environmentally friendly approach to plant care, crop fertilization and soil management.

For more info: Using Calcium in the Garden for Healthy Plants


  • Easy to use  
  • Works in gardens, yards, lawns, and soil beds
  • Perfect for revitalizing soils that have been heavily worked
  • Scent serves as a deterrent to common garden pests such as rabbits and deer
  • Also helps accelerate composting breakdown of carbon based composts such as leaves and straw

Phosphorus is involved in many plant processes, including:  
  • Energy transfer reactions
  • Development of reproductive structures
  • Crop maturity
  • Root growth
  • Protein synthesis
 
Very important to mention, ingredients are derived from organic, non-gmo sources.  All-Purpose VEGAN plant nutrients. 
  • Formulated to contain no animal products or animal by-products
  • A blend of excellent medium to long term nutrient sources
  • Add in combination with good organic compost to nourish your plants, improve the soil structure and encourage gardening
  • Ingredients include soybean meal, rock phosphate, alfalfa meal, langbeinite, humic shale ore, azomite, Acadian kelp meal and greensand
  • 3-2-2 formula
   
Humate is a generic name for humic materials -- salt forms of humic acid. They are most commonly low grade lignite coal. Humates regulate water-holding capacity, have extremely high ion exchange capacities, and reduce soil erosion by increasing the cohesive forces of the very fine soil particles. Very low concentrations of humates have been shown to stimulate seed germination and root growth. They have also been shown to stimulate desirable soil microorganisms.

For more info, read
What is Humic Acid & How Does it Work? 

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Mycorrhizae is a fungi that has a beneficial relationship with a plants roots. When Mycorrhizal fungi comes into contact with a plants roots it begins to colonize, or multiply, on the roots and begins to spread out into the surrounding soil. These strands of mycorrhizal fungi effectively become an extension of the roots and can increase the absorption area of a plants root system by 10 to 1,000 times. This allows the root system a more efficient intake of nutrients and water. 
They are particularly effective for agricultural plants that have high water and nutritional needs.  Over 50,000 University studies have highlighted the benefits of mycorrhizal colonization on the health and yield of plants.
Benefits Include:
Reduces Drought Stress
Reduces Watering
Reduces Transplant Shock
Increases Yields
Increases Overall Plant Hardiness
Promotes Rooting
Promotes Nutrient Uptake



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Using Greensand in the Garden for Healthier Soil Posted on 02 Jul 06:47 , 0 comments

From Mary's Heirloom Seeds,

-Greensand is a mined mineral, rich in soil conditioning glauconite
-Contains Potash and other minerals from natural marine deposits
-Excellent soil conditioner
-Carrying a formulation of 0-0-0.1

Greensand turns dense, heavy clay into manageable soil. Greensand is a naturally-occurring iron-potassium silicate that can increase soil's moisture absorption by up to ten times.

There are more than 30 trace minerals and nutrients in greensand, with high concentrations of Iron (Fe), Potassium (K), Silicon (Si), Oxygen (O), Magnesium (Mg), Aluminum (Al), Sodium (Na), and Hydrogen (H). These minerals release slowly into the soil in just the proportions that plants need.



Greensand provides a slow and gentle release of minerals, which protects plants from the classic root burn that many stronger fertilizers can cause. Using glauconite greensand as a soil conditioner provides a gentle source of potassium in a 0-0-3 ratio. It can contain up to thirty different trace minerals, all of which enrich the soil and are easy for plants to uptake.

One of the biggest benefits of greensand is its ability to break up clay soils, which increases drainage and allows oxygen into the soil. The exact amounts of greensand garden application will vary depending upon what manufacturer produces the compound. Some manufacturers will add sand to the mixture, which may impact the strength of the product. The condition of your soil will also dictate how much greensand fertilizer is necessary for maximum effectiveness.

Greensand fertilizer is a rish source of glauconite, which is high in iron, potassium and magnesium.  These components are all important to good plant health.  Greensand also loosens soil, improves moisture retention, softens hard water and increases root growth.  Greensand soil ammendment use has been documented for over 100 years.

APPLYING GREENSAND
Greensand must be broken down in soil and is not water soluble. As a general rule, mix 2 cups into the soil around each plant or tree. For broadcast application, the average rate is 50 to 100 pounds per 1,000 feet of soil.

The product is organically certified and the green color from the glauconite helps absorb sun and warm soils earlier in spring. The gritty texture is able to soak up more moisture than garden sand and conserve it for plant roots.  Greensand soil supplement is easy to use and gentle for even the most sensitive plants. Apply in early spring as either a soil amendment or simply a good all purpose fertilizer.


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Kelp Tea Recipe for your Garden Posted on 22 Jun 13:29 , 1 comment

We've already shared our Alfalfa Meal tea so today we're making KELP tea.  This is especially important if you plan on planting Organic Garlic this year.

  What is KELP and What does Kelp Tea do for plants?

Kelp is derived from sea plants and is sustainable.  Kelp Meal contains only small amount of N, P, and K (highest in Potash) but adds valuable micronutrients.  Kelp Meal also contains vitamins that help increase yields, improve soil structure, reduce plant stress from drought, and increase frost tolerance.

From our website,
Organic Kelp Meal (1-0-2) is dried and ground Rock Weed (Ascophyllum Nodosum), which grows in the cold clean waters along the New England coast, and is known as the best marine plant available for agriculture today

Full of trace Minerals, Carbohydrates and Amino Acids, helping create a strong root systems and makes a very healthy plant

It should be tilled in the soil before planting or can be top dressed, incorporated into potting soils, seed beds and composting material.
Organic kelp meal is ascophyllum nodosum, which is widely recognized as one of the finest marine plants available for agriculture today
It is a natural and cost effective enhancement to any soil fertilization and conditioning program
It is suitable for all crops and applications, and can be mixed with most soil conditioners and fertilizers

BONUS:  Sprinkle a small handful of kelp meal early in the growing season around and on the base of squash plants to help deter squash bugs.  Do this every 10 days where squash bugs are a problem.


RECIPE:
Easy kelp meal tea:  
Add 1/2 cup of kelp meal to 1-gallon water.   Let steep for 1-3 days and agitate daily.

Ways to Use Kelp Tea

-Soak Garlic Cloves in kelp tea for 1 to 2 hours before planting

-Use Kelp Tea as a foliar spray to help protect plants from cold and hot temperatures.

-Soak seeds in Kelp Tea before planting to boost germination

-Apply to soil after transplanting to reduce shock

-Water plant with Kelp Tea once a month.  Stimulates soil microbial activity


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Using Azomite in the Garden for Healthy Plants Posted on 10 Mar 21:37 , 1 comment

From Mary's Heirloom Seeds,
  • Give Plants the Vital Minerals They need to Thrive
  • Great soil additive for all plants
Azomite rock dust is a naturally mined volcanic rock composed of over 70 minerals and trace elements that are essential for optimal plant health.  The rock formation in Utah from which Azomite is mined was formed when volcanic ash merged with sea water.  This mixture of volcanic ash and sea water created a unique source of trace minerals and elements that most soils are void of.  Just like humans, plants require many minerals to reach peak health and vigor.



Remineralize your soil with Azomite and your plants will thank you and reward you!

Azomite is a simple to use, naturally mined mineral product. It requires no mixing or special equipment. It is odorless and won't restrict aeration or water penetration.

Azomite trace mineral soil amendment is a complex of naturally occurring minerals which contains essential elements (micro-nutrients) for plant growth. Fertilization with Azomite adds some of the required mineral balance for the growth of common soil flora and fauna vital to overall productivity. Continuous plant propagation and the leaching effects of water may deplete essential minerals and micro-nutrients from soils. Azomite can improve soils that have been depleted of these important minerals and micro nutrients. It can also supplement soil that are inherently deficient of these vital mineral concentrations.


Important questions answered about Azomite

 Is Azomite Organic?

Micronized AZOMITE Trace Minerals are listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic production. Many fertilizers receive chemical alterations or go through an intensive manufacturing process. AZOMITE is simply mined, crushed and sold and is 100% natural and organic. Chemically, the term "organic" means that the minerals are bound to a carbon atom. As the minerals in AZOMITE are oxides, not bound to carbon, they are technically considered "inorganic".


What effect does Azomite have on plants??

According to research and customer reports, plants grown with AZOMITE produce more and larger fruits and vegetables per plant resulting in a better tasting food with improved resistance to disease. AZOMITE has shown positive results in a wide variety of plants in the field and in the laboratory. There is evidence that AZOMITE can improves nutritional benefits. 

At Mary's Heirloom Seeds we offer MICRONIZED AZOMITE

What does that mean?
Micronization is the process of reducing the average diameter of a solid material's particles.

In simple terms, MICRONIZED AZOMITE is crushed into a finer powder than regular azomite.  That means that MICRONIZED AZOMITE is easier for plant nutrient uptake and is more water soluable.


APPLYING AZOMITE
For gardens, spread ¼ to 2 pounds per 10 ft and spade or rake into the soil. Use 1 teaspoon - 1 cup in watering can quarterly for house plants. 
If planting in rows: mix into the soil along the rows at rate of 1 lb. per 25 ft. of row. If bed is established, sprinkle around each plant.
For transplanting seedlings, add 1-3 tablespoons per seedling

Application instructions & requirements very based on your current soil conditions.

Just to recap...

A natural source of minerals and trace elements! Azomite is used in gardens as a re-mineralizer for soils and an anti-caking agent in animal feeds. 

Unique Features:
• Grows stronger plants and better tasting vegetables
• Improves weight increase at harvest
• Mined from an ancient mineral deposit in Utah
• Re-mineralizes nutrient-depleted soils
• OMRI Listed for organic use


We hope you have enjoyed yet another informative growing article here at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  If you have additional questions please ask!

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Benefits of Using Organic Alfalfa Meal in the Garden Posted on 24 Jan 09:36 , 0 comments

Have you ever used Alfalfa Meal in your garden?  We have used organic alfalfa meal in our garden and compost bins/piles for years.  It’s great stuff! 

More and more customers have been asking about non-animal fertilizers.  We offer several options.  You can find out more from our article Vegan(non-animal), Organic Plant Food

We also offer a tutorial to Make Your Own Organic Liquid Fertilizer using Alfalfa.

 

Organic, liquid fertilizer is easy to make and easy to apply to garden beds

What is Alfalfa Meal and How does it Work?

Derived from leguminous perennial alfalfa plant used for pasture and cover crop. Primary benefit of this pleasant smelling meal is increasing organic matter, although it is also a valuable plant-derived fertilizer.
  • NPK analysis is 2.8-0.29-2.4
  • Contains trace minerals and triaconatol
  • Excellent addition to the compost pile for nitrogen content and absorbency

One pound of Organic Alfalfa Meal


**It is important to mention that our Alfalfa Meal is Organic and Non-GMO**  If you are looking to avoid synthetic pesticides and gmo derivatives, Organic and Non-GMO is the way to go.

When added to your compost pile, alfalfa acts as a stimulant. It decomposes rapidly, creating heat which helps the rest of your compost to decompose. And your finished compost will have higher nutrient levels when alfalfa is used. Higher nutrient levels in your compost and soil means more nutrient-dense produce in your garden.  Bonus, Worms LOVE Alfalfa Meal!

As a garden fertilizer, alfalfa meal is used to increase organic matter in the soil and makes an excellent fast and effective soil conditioner. The high amounts of carbohydrates and protein encourage beneficial soil microbes and earthworms that are responsible for quickly breaking down the nutrients and making them available for use by the plants.

Our organic Zucchini grew very well with Alfalfa Meal!

Alfalfa tea can be applied every 1-4 weeks or as often as needed throughout the growing season.

Organic Alfalfa Meal is safe to use on flowerbeds, herbs, fruit and vegetable gardens.  Roses especially love a twice yearly application of Alfalfa Meal Tea.
ALL Vegetable and Fruit varieties would benefit from using Alfalfa Meal Tea nutrients.  Heavy Feeders would definitely benefit from regular applications.

 Heavy Feeders include Asparagus, Broccoli, Celery, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Melons, Okra, Peppers, Pumpkins, Squash and Tomatoes.
For heavy feeders, work your organic nutrients into the soil approx 3 weeks before planting.  If you have already planted, making your own liquid feed is very easy with the right nutrients.

Moderate Feeders include Beans, Bok Choy, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower,  GREENS: Kale, Lettuce, Spinach and Swiss Chard.  

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All of the seeds listed are open-pollinated, non-gmo and non-hybrid, non-patented,  untreated, heirloom garden seeds.
Mary has signed the Safe Seed pledge.  
Most seed orders placed Monday-Thursday are shipped within 24 hours, (except for holidays)

If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask!

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Vegan (non-animal), Organic Plant Food Posted on 13 Jan 08:28 , 0 comments

We'd like to bring your attention to several of our Vegan (non-animal) Organic Plant Food options available at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  Many of you have inquired so we thought it would be nice to give you a basic intro.

All of our plant food, soil amendments and inoculants at Mary's Heirloom Seeds are non-GMO and organic.  What's an inoculant?  Check out our Endo-Mycorrhizae, also called Mary's Root Boost.
 

Help Increase Micro Nutrient Uptake

Humates (Coarse Grade) derived from Leonardite shale and a natural source of humic substances and trace minerals from New Mexico. Contains 45% humic acids.
Use to increase micronutrient uptake and improve efficiency of applied and existing nutrients.
Coarse grade for soil application only.
Humate is a generic name for humic materials -- salt forms of humic acid. They are most commonly low grade lignite coal. Humates regulate water-holding capacity, have extremely high ion exchange capacities, and reduce soil erosion by increasing the cohesive forces of the very fine soil particles. Very low concentrations of humates have been shown to stimulate seed germination and root growth. They have also been shown to stimulate desirable soil microorganisms
 

Derived from leguminous perennial alfalfa plant used for pasture and cover crop. Primary benefit of this pleasant smelling meal is increasing organic matter, although it is also a valuable plant-derived fertilizer.

  • NPK analysis is 2.8-0.29-2.4
  • Contains trace minerals and triaconatol
  • Excellent addition to the compost pile for nitrogen content and absorbency
  • Roses respond especially well to alfalfa meal


Azomite rock dust is a naturally mined volcanic rock composed of over 70 minerals and trace elements that are essential for optimal plant health. The rock formation in Utah from which Azomite is mined was formed when volcanic ash merged with sea water. This mixture of volcanic ash and sea water created a unique source of trace minerals and elements that moist soils are void of. Just like humans, plants require many minerals to reach peak health and vigor. Re-mineralize your soil with Azomite and your plants will thank you and reward you!



Organic Kelp Meal (1-0-2) is dried and ground Rock Weed (Ascophyllum Nodosum), which grows in the cold clean waters along the New England coast, and is known as the best marine plant available for agriculture today
Full of trace Minerals, Carbohydrates and Amino Acids, helping create a strong root systems and makes a very healthy plant.  It should be tilled in the soil before planting or can be top dressed, incorporated into potting soils, seed beds and composting material. **Or make your own liquid feed**
Organic kelp meal is ascophyllum nodosum, which is widely recognized as one of the finest marine plants available for agriculture today.  It is a natural and cost effective enhancement to any soil fertilization and conditioning program



  • Greensand is a mined mineral rich in soil conditioning glauconite
  • Contains potash and other minerals from natural marine deposits
  • Excellent soil conditioner
  • Carrying a formulation of 0-0-0.1
Greensand turns dense, heavy clay into manageable soil. Greensand is a naturally-occurring iron-potassium silicate that can increase soil's moisture absorption by up to ten times.
There are more than 30 trace minerals and nutrients in greensand, with high concentrations of Iron (Fe), Potassium (K), Silicon (Si), Oxygen (O), Magnesium (Mg), Aluminum (Al), Sodium (Na), and Hydrogen (H). These minerals release slowly into the soil in just the proportions that plants need.



Very important to mention, ingredients are derived from organic, non-gmo sources.  All-Purpose VEGAN plant nutrients.

    • Formulated to contain no animal products or animal by-products
    • A blend of excellent medium to long term nutrient sources
    • Add in combination with good organic compost to nourish your plants, improve the soil structure and encourage gardening
    • Ingredients include soybean meal, rock phosphate, alfalfa meal, langbeinite, humic shale ore, azomite, Acadian kelp meal and greensand
    • 3-2-2 formula
Packaging may vary by size/quantity
NOW available in larger quantities



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We have several articles available to help you get started.  Different plant varieties have specific nutrient needs.  For example, Tomatoes and Squash are considered "heavy feeders" whereas Lettuce is not.
 
 
 
 
 
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