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Amending Soil

This is the month to plant flowers and vegetable.  Before doing so, we should be preparing the soil in our gardens to achieve the best conditions for the coming season.
The first thing you should do is clear out your beds. Pull the weeds, remove old plants, and break up the soil a bit. The one thing you definitely should be adding is compost. Compost adds organic matter and nutrients to the soil. Whether you do your own gardening or purchase from the store, compost is the best thing you can add to your garden. It helps balance out PH, improve drainage, and helps build good soil structure. One thing you should be cautious about adding is manure. If it has been composted properly (above 145 degrees and turned), it is a great additive in moderation. Whether it’s from cows, chickens, horses, or goats, manure will provide nitrogen, phosphorus, and additional organic matter to your garden. The catch is that these nutrients, when put on freshly, can cause some serious problems in your garden. Ammonia from fresh manure can burn the roots of your plants, pathogens can persist, and weed seeds that were in the food of the animal will still be present and ready to cause you an endless supply of headaches. Manure should be composted for a minimum of 6-9 months and turned regularly to help it get up to temperature and eliminate these issues. Mulch is something you should NOT be adding to your soil. Yes, it’s organic material. Yes, it will help retain moisture. The problem is, uncomposted organic materials in your soil will steal nitrogen from your plants. While some in-garden composting is great and will add to your garden, it’s best to keep it to a minimum. You can turn last year’s mulch into the soil, but anything additional should wait and go on top of the soil once your seedlings have been planted or sprouted. Next, you may have some additional amendments you’d like to add. Bone Meal, Gypsum, Alfalfa, and Slow-Release fertilizers are common options, but these will differ depending on your soil conditions. It’s a good idea to get a soil test or bring a sample into the Garden Center to get recommendations. All of these will add additional nutrients to your garden, but adding too much of any of them can cause issues with root burn.  Asking for advice and following the instructions on the package will help you to get your soil in optimal condition. Now it’s time to turn the soil to mix everything together. Whether your tool of choice is a hoe, a shovel, or a tractor, everything should be mixed in to a depth of about 6”. I find it’s easiest to work a little area at a time and work my way across the garden. It can be exhausting, but it doesn’t all have to be done at once. Lastly, it’s a good idea to replenish the Mycorrhizal Fungi in your soil. Mycorrhizal is a fungus that creates pathways in the soil that adhere to the roots of your plants and help to deliver nutrients from a much larger area of the soil to your plants than the roots would do on their own. It helps with drought and soil deficiencies as well. As soil is disturbed these pathways are broken and Mycorrhizal numbers drop. Adding Mycorrhizal should be done upon planting, whether in tablet form that is placed under a transplant, or in granular form to be shaken over the beds. Either way, this will help your plants recieve more micro- and macro-nutrients, which will help them thrive.

Cha Ching®

Cha Ching® Late Flowering Formula ( 9 – 50 – 10 ) FoxFarm engineered Cha Ching® to maximize a plant’s production. Every stage of the growing cycle demands optimal nutrition. Cha Ching® is a high-phosphorus fertilizer that won’t leave a salty residue or build up in the soil. Even better, we’ve included the micronutrient pack that FoxFarm is known for. It contains all the essential elements you need to support juicy fruit on compact, stocky plants. Cha Ching® creates juicy, robust fruit with essential oils and resins pumping out of stems and leaves. That means concentrated flavor and perfect texture. Garden tip: Start with Open Sesame® in the fifth or sixth week of a plant’s life. Once bud set begins feed with Beastie Bloomz® for a two week period. After flowers are fully formed, switch to Cha Ching® and continue through harvest. Feed with every other watering. For high-powered results, start indoor plants in our Light Warrior® Agro-Ponic® Grow Medium, and use our premium Ocean Forest® Potting Soil for container plants.

Open Sesame®

Open Sesame® Early Flowering Formula ( 5 – 45 – 19 ) Open Sesame® is a high-phosphorus soluble fertilizer that’s designed to bring plants into bloom at your command. Just say the magic words! Open Sesame® provides the optimal level of nutrition with minimal salts and other residue buildups. Whether you’re growing in hydroponic systems, containers, or gardening in ordinary soil, Open Sesame® will go right to work at the root zone and deliver targeted nutrients when the plants need them the most. Garden Tip: Feed with Open Sesame® every other watering, starting at about the fifth or sixth week of a plant’s life. It takes just a few weeks of Open Sesame® to get stocky, sturdy, compact, high-producing plants and buds that are ready to burst. For optimum results, start indoor plants in our Light Warrior® Agro-Ponic® Grow Medium, or use our premium Ocean Forest® Potting Soil for container plants. Once buds have formed, help your plant produce awesome flowers by switching to Beastie Bloomz®. Always consult our Feeding Schedule.

Beastie Bloomz®

Beastie Bloomz® Heavyweight Blossom Builder ( 0 – 50 – 30 ) Beastie Bloomz® is a pH balanced blend of extra strength nutrients specially formulated to produce heavy weight fruit, and maximize blossom development during the critical last weeks of flowering. Beastie Bloomz is designed to create unbelievable internal bud density, which means that plants create fat, tightly packed blossoms, and plenty of them. For use in soilless mixes, organic soils, hydroponics, and aeroponic systems. Garden tip: Start with Open Sesame® in the fifth or sixth week of a plant’s life. Once buds emerge, feed your plants with Beastie Bloomz® every other watering according to package directions and our Feeding Schedule. For high-yield results, start indoor plants in our Light Warrior® Agro-Ponic® Grow Medium, and use our premium Ocean Forest® Potting Soil for container plants. In the eighth to ninth week of the plants life cycle, switch to Cha Ching® for an incredible harvest.
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