Norwegian Kelp (Ascophyllum nodosum) gathered from the north Atlantic Ocean near Nova Scotia, Canada. Dried kelp has long been popular for crops that demand high levels of potassium to flourish. Although kelp is most associated with potassium, it contains more than 60 other trace minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and plant hormones.
Because kelp comes from the sea – a natural mineral soup of common and rare nutrients – it is one of the only soil additives that includes mannitol. Mannitol is a natural sugar that helps break down micronutrients so plant cells can process and use them more easily. This same sugar is a food source for soil bacteria and fungi helping them proliferate and aid in nutrient cycling.
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Kelp Meal contains 60 trace minerals and an assortment of amino acids, enzymes, and alginates that feed and stimulate the necessary microorganisms in your soil. A healthy, active microbial population will breakdown organic material and improve the quality and texture of the soil.
The Health of Your Soil is Vital to the Health of Growing Plants. Healthy soil doesn’t come overnight. What you will see is a gradual improvement in the feel and look of your soil. It will become more crumbly and lighter in texture, perhaps becoming a little darker in color as the microorganisms digest and make available the organic matter in your soil. As you continue to use Kelp meal from season to season you will see healthier-looking, disease-resistant crops and your soil and will look better and better.
Apply any time of the year either by broadcasting or lightly cultivating at 1 lbs. per 100 sq. ft., 5-11 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft., 200 - 400 lbs. per acre. In your potting soil mix or as a tea.
The Clackamas Coot Mix
Here is the recipe for my personal potting soil mix and this will make 1 cubic foot (which is just a little over 7 gallons).
You'll need a 5-gallon bucket, like the ones you can get at Home Depot. We’ll use this to measure out our base ingredients, which isn’t a long list. This was created for new gardeners so there’s nothing o worry about - it’s easy!
You’ll notice that the soil has a very rich smell like the floor in a forest - humus!
This exact recipe has been used by hundreds and hundreds around the USA and it grows in popularity every year as friends tell friends about what it did for their gardens.
"This mix is perfect for starting seeds or for planting seedlings or transplants that you buy at shows." -Clackamas Coot
Fundamentally IPM is creating a complete management system for indoor/outdoor growing
UC Davis Defines IPM as:
“Integrated pest management (IPM) is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines, and treatments are made with the goal o removing only the target organism. Pest control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, beneficial organisms, and the environment.”
If your interested in implementing this in your garden, be sure to check out our comprehensive instructions.