Thursday, January 3, 2013

Organic fertilizer

As part of our Biological Agriculture program we promote using a good foliar fertilizing program. Foliar feeding is essential to push the potential of plants beyond the average. Plants take in 80% of their needs through their leaves so adding some nutrients to their leaves promotes better growth and, in the end, a better quality product for the table or the market.
With our own program we have seen the BRIX of tomatoes increase from a 7 to a 13. We cannot say that the tomatoes' increase in quality is solely because of the foliar spray but a 13 BRIX tomato tastes outstanding and the foliar feeding did play a role in that. Besides tomatoes, the effects of foliar feeding can be seen on a number of crops. Here are some things to consider:
• Potatoes plants 3 ½ feet tall that were bug resistant without pesticide sprays
• Sweeter cherries that store an average of a week longer than non foliar fed
• Cherries that were fed with an active microbe inoculants averaged 7-8 row during a season when most cherries were 10-11 row.
• Raspberry plants that grew to an average length of 13 feet long and were loaded with berries
• Heirloom corn grew 9 ft tall with most stalks yielding 3 and 4 ears of corn

There are many other possibilities with foliar feeding but you will have to experiment for yourself and see what results you get and please feel free to let us know what you find. We have a range of foliar feeding supplies for the backyard garden and if you are interested you can call us at 1-606-663-6671 or email us through the contact page.
I recommend a combination of Foliar Soluble Fish (we use Agri Fish 4-1-1 as it is twice as thick as any other brands), Soluble Kelp, Molasses, Soluble trace minerals and some nitrogen fixing bacteria for activating the feed. The recipe I use for most spray is as follows:
• In a 5 gallon bucket add 4 gallons of water
• Add ¼ to 1/3 cup Soluble Fish
• Add ¼ to 1/3 cup molasses or sugar
• Add 1 tablespoon soluble kelp powder
• Add 1-2 tablespoons of a soluble minerals
• Add 1 tablespoon nitrogen fixing bacteria
• Add 1 tablespoon phosphorus releasing bacteria (optional)
We use specific products for the feed so the mix might vary a bit if you use different products, but it is handy to use a conductivity meter when mixing to make sure the *ergs do not exceed 1200 micro siemens so you don't burn your leaves!

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