AZOMITE® is another specialty product that we employ throughout our gardens. We are well aware of the concerns of depleted soils, and we love that it has been kept protected underground for millions of years, away from the pollution of today's world, and is such a rich source of minerals for plants to take up what they need for optimal growth, without any concerns of possible fertilizer burns.
AZOMITE® is unique silica clay that is mined in Utah from deposits left by an ancient volcanic eruption that was ejected out of the side of a mountain and filled a nearby lake bed. This combination of seawater, fed by hundreds of rivers rich in minerals, and the rare and abundant minerals present in volcanic ash created the AZOMITE® deposit which is found nowhere else on Earth. The deposit is very old, perhaps as much as 30 million years. Assays reveal that the material contains a broad spectrum of over 70 metabolically active minerals and trace elements which include many rare earth elements (lanthanides). Many of these elements have been depleted from soils worldwide.
AZOMITE® requires no mixing. It is odorless, will not burn plants and will not restrict aeration or water penetration. Unlike some products, AZOMITE® is not a manufactured, chemically prepared fertilizer. It is 100% natural with no additives, synthetics or filters. AZOMITE® is listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic production.
Gardeners can see increased germination rates, improved yield, more flowers, disease and pest resistance and better tasting vegetables.
We are based in Tucson but we make runs up to the Phoenix area a couple times per month to deliver product, typically on Sundays. We normally meet our customers at any exit off I-10 between Buckeye and Tucson, and do not charge a delivery fee.
Coconut Coir is a natural by-product of coconut harvesting. It is a sustainable renewable resource that is free of bacteria and fungal spores. In the 1980's, horticulturalists began studying Coconut Coir dust as a substitute for Sphagnum peat moss. They found that Coir lasts three times as long as peat moss. Peat moss can take 5 to 10 years to reproduce, making it a non-renewable resource. The pH levels of Coir are more neutral also, ranging from 5.8 to 6.8, whereas peat moss lowers the pH of surrounding soil. We use Nature's Footprint Coco-Coir which has already been screened, washed and graded, and is free of pathogens and disease.
Compost and Coir have many of the same characteristics, such as spongy texture, expanding air space, and high moisture holding capability. Backyard/garden compost breaks down rapidly in the soil an must be re-applied annually. However Coconut Coir will last in the soil for years. It's estimated that Coir added to soil has a lifespan of 5 to 10 years before it begins to break down. It outperforms peat moss, rockwool, vermiculite and perlite as a soil amendment.
Coir is a 100% organic wetting agent. Its ability to rehydrate repeatedly as soil moves from wet to dry with little loss in yield is remarkable. In addition, wet Coir holds around 1000 times more air than soil, making it the superior choice for creating potting mixes. It has a high water-holding capacity, holding seven times its weight in water, yet provides plant roots with excellent drainage, fostering root development as it does not compact.
Coir's high air to water ratio is extremely valuable for healthy root development. Coir has the ability to store and release nutrients to plant roots for extended periods of time. With better nutrient absorption, coir fosters excellent growth and plant formation.
Coir has many different uses. It is a great mulch and soil treatment, allowing you to turn clay and sandy soil into an effective growing medium. When mixed with dense, compacted soil, Coir acts to increase aeration, water flow and nutrient transport. Conversely, when added to well drained, sandy soils, Coir helps retain moisture and bind nutrients. Coir can help control soil erosion and is a great bedding material for worm composters. It is also a great hydroponic growth medium which helps to facilitate seed germination. By adding one part coir to two parts top soil you can made a perfect growing media for container and potted plants.
When using coir as a soil amendment your plants require less fertilizer, develop more elaborate and stronger root systems, and are more resistant to disease, pathogens and weeds.
We recommend using Coco-Coir when planting / transplanting Moringa trees into the ground. Line several inches of moistened Coir in the bottom of a hole and plant.
WORM CASTINGS: The Green Garden Mix provides a superior mix of pure, uncontaminated worm castings and dozens of strains of bacteria and beneficial fungi. One part worm castings to 9 parts soil can increase plant growth by up to 20% and root mass by up to 150%. Plants are healthier and stronger. Worm castings improve the physical structure of soil, enhance seed germination, plant growth and crop yield. Worm castings add important enzymes and plant hormone producing bacteria. These organisms, working with plant roots, produce mineral solubilizing enzymes and plant root promoting hormones such as GA, IAA and IBA.
MYCORRHIZAE are generally spoken of in the plural (rather than the singular mycorrhiza) since they comprise vast colonies of very small micro-organisms found naturally in the top profile of undisturbed soils. Mycorrhizae are a natural occurring fungi (same family as mushrooms) which work in partnership with plant roots to help increase a plant’s ability to absorb nutrients and waters from the soil. The way they work is a lot like the beneficial bacteria in our own digestive system. Plants inoculated early with mycorrhizae have a better chance of becoming more vigorous and fruitful.
Benefits of Mycorrhizae
• 100% natural and organic treatment (mycorrhizae are living organisms)
• Tried and tested by nature over more than 400 million years
• One off treatment that lasts the duration of a plants’ lifetime (when planting in final position)
• Easy and safe to apply
• Increased drought resistance and immunity to heat stress
• Decreased requirement for chemical fertilizers and pesticides
• Faster growth due to increased uptake of soil phosphorous
• Increased resistance to root diseases
• Improves soil structure on eroded or reclaimed sites or steep banks (helps bind soil together)
• Helps limit weed invasion (through improved soil structure)
• Increases plant diversity
• Increased root area, flowering & fruiting
• Increased survival rates of transplants and seedlings
• Can be applied to mature plants and trees
• Roots colonized by mycorrhizae take hold faster in newly planted plants
TAZO B is a super nitrogen fixing bacteria product. The active ingredient found in TAZO®-B is the bacteria Azospirillum. Azospirillum has been found to increase root mass through University studies and independent tests. Azospirillum is a bacteria that can be found in most soils, but at very low populations. Increasing the amount of Azospirillum in the soil is beneficial in helping to fix nitrogen, stimulate root growth and thus plant growth, and increase the stress tolerance of plants.
Planting individual flowers and vegetables: Prepare soil with your favorite potting soil. Dig a hole appropriately sized for the transplant. Place 1 Tbsp of Green Gardens Mix in the bottom of the hole and place the plant firmly in the hole – pressing it gently to the bottom to eliminate air pockets. Fill the remaining portion of the hole with potting soil and press soil firmly against root-ball and plant stem. Water the transplant. 1 lb of Green Gardens Mix will be sufficient for approximately 25 plants. An alternate application method is to till Green Gardens Mix within the first 3” to 4” of prepared soil then plant seed. 1 lb of Green Gardens Mix will be sufficient for approximately 13 Sq. Ft. of garden area; and 4 lbs of Green Gardens Mix will be sufficient for approximately 50 Sq. Ft. of garden area.
Planting fruit trees, decorative trees, and grape vines: Green Garden Mix should be used when planting new trees or grape vines for the first time. Dig a hole appropriately sized for the tree or vine. Place one large hand full of Green Garden Mix in the bottom of the hole and place the tree or vine firmly in the hole – pressing it gently to the bottom to eliminate air pockets. Fill the remaining portion of the hole with soil and press soil firmly against root-ball and trunk. Water the tree or vine. 1 lb of Green Gardens Mix will be sufficient for approximately 5 trees or vines.
Grow your own seedlings: 1 lb of Green Gardens Mix will be sufficient for approximately 25 plants. Place 1 Tbsp of Green Gardens Mix in each pot before planting seeds. Or you can mix 1 lb of Green Gardens Mix with enough soil to fill all of your pots. Then just fill pots with the soil/Green Gardens Mix and plant seeds.
½ lb: $4.00 This is sufficient for planting approximately 12 seeds
1 lb: $7.00 This is sufficient for planting approximately 25 plants or 13 Sq. Ft. of garden area, or for planting approximately 5 trees or vines
4 lbs: $26.00 This is sufficient for approximately 50 Sq. Ft. of garden area
People often ask us what we use to grow plants so successfully in our harsh desert environment. Here we will share some of the other helpful things we’ve discovered and implemented along the way and through our hands-on experience of growing in the Sonoran Desert.
With temperatures over 100 degrees much of the year, it is important to use plenty of shade cloth, a good mulch (we use straw mainly), and drip irrigation that we have on automatic timers that turn on after dark. This ensures we do not scald our crops every time we water, and it also keeps evaporation down to a minimum and the ground moist longer. We also add sand and compost into our soil mixtures, and we have lots of worms to keep the soil aerated and fertilized. If you use livestock manures, be sure to compost manures well to keep from introducing burmuda grass and other weed seeds into your garden.
Effective Microorganisms, more commonly known as EM, is a proprietary blend of several types of beneficial bacteria and yeasts, developed by Japanese horticulturist Teruo Higa in Okinawa, Japan. They are used as soil inoculants to enhance growth, health, yield and quality of plants. For more information, visit the teraganix website.
We buy the concentrate, then make Activated EM-1 which extends the product volume to many times that of the original concentrate. This is done by adding to water an equal part molasses to an equal part EM concentrate, then letting it ferment for several days before use. You can see the formula to make it here.
We also make EM5 which is a nontoxic formula used to deter pests. Here is the formula to make it with EM-1 and some other ingredients.
We also use EM-1 or Activated EM-1 to make Bokashi in lieu of making traditional compost. This aid in amending the soil is easier, faster, and more efficient than making compost. There are no worries about turning compost piles, or compost piles smelling or attracting flies and wildlife. Also, more energy is retained in the fermented organic matter than if it were composted in the traditional manner. So this fermented organic matter is packed with nutrients and makes a great organic fertilizer. Learn how to make it here.
We use this as a soil amendment. It revitalizes soil and speeds up decomposition of organic matter.
This compost contains EM so it has billions of beneficial bacteria to make plants healthier, help them grow faster and produce higher yields, and to help them be more resistant to diseases and pests. A little goes a long way!
Since this mail order company is based in Tucson and we can get the Organic Compost Plus by the truckload, we mix it in with our soil whenever we plant something. But if you buy a smaller amount, you can soak some in water overnight and then use it as a compost tea and apply it as a foliar spray. You wouldn’t want to soak it more than a day though or you might kill some of the beneficial bacteria in it.
Here's something you can make yourself for very little cost, and it has a multitude of uses besides enhancing plant health and crop yield. Garbage Enzyme is a complex solution produced by fermentation of fresh kitchen waste (fruits, vegetables), brown sugar or molasses, and water, at a concentration of 1 part sugar, 3 parts kitchen waste, and 10 parts water. It can be used as a natural fertilizer, insecticide, as well as a household cleaner, body care enhancer, etc.
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