Neem Cake

Neem Cake

Seeds that have been crushed to produce neem oil do not go to waste. When dried, the resultant ‘cake’ contains nutrients that work as an organic pesticide and fertilizer that provides nourishment for soil.

Neem oil and cake can help retain water for the soil and improve its porosity as well as protecting the roots from plagues and illnesses. Neem cake inputs more nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, calcium and magnesium than common manure, making it ideal food for micro-organisms. Finally, because organic products need to break down before releasing their nutrients, as well as the fact that neem degrades after 3 days of exposure to UV light, pollution and runoff are reduced to a minimum.

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All natural soil boost Neem strengthens the organic content in the soil by reducing its alkalinity and producing organic acids on decomposition. Being completely natural, neem is compatible with soil microbes, nurtures healthy bacteria and ensures stronger texture, higher water holding capacity and aeration in the soil, all contributing towards better root development.

Neem makes the soil more fertile due to an ingredient that blocks soil bacteria from converting nitrogenous compounds into nitrogen gas. As a nitrification inhibitor, neem prolongs the availability of nitrogen to both short duration and long duration crops

How To Use Neem Cake

Use full strength or mixed with other organic (kelp, seaweed, manure, etc.)

Apply before (the area can be prepared up to a week or 10 days before planting) or during planting or for established plants around root zone. Use mixed into the soil 6-8 inches or as basal dressing.Coverage:180 to 360 lbs./acre, 1 lb. for plots 100 to 160 sq.ft.

How To Mix into your Container Soil:

1/2 Cup per cubic foot will be plenty (Cubic foot is about 7.5 gallons of soil)1 cup weighs approx. 6.5 ounces.

Common Questions

How do I make the Clackamas Coot Soil Mix?

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! 

  1. Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss (CSPM). Think of this as the frame on your car. This material is standard in the nursery industry and we can get this at Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Lowe’s and other stores. This material is compressed, so we’ll want to break it apart so that it’s loose and you can move your fingers through it easily. We want 1/2 bucket which is about 2.5 gallons.
  2. Vermicompost. A good alternative is 80% compost and 20% worm castings. If CSPM is the frame for this project, the vermicompost is the entire drive-train. I cannot stress enough the importance of sourcing the finest vermicompost that you can find in your area. Measure out 1/2 bucket and add to the CSPM. I’m going to switch gears a bit and we’ll add the amendments to this combination and it’s only 6 items so nothing to worry about. 
  3. 2 cups of malted grains from a home-brew store. Have them grind it for you at the store. Try to get it ground to as close to whole-heat flour as possible.
  4. 1 cup limestone (I.e. Calcium Carbonate - CaCO3). You do not want to use Dolomite Lime which will have 10% or so of Magnesium. We want to use limestone only.
  5. 2 cups of granite rock dust. Almost every retail and even commercial potting soil lacks this all-important item. Soil at it’s basic level is rotted plant and animal material and shattered rock. For the microbialhealth in the soil as well as other reasons we want to add either basalt rock dust(West Coast) or granite on the East Coast. Please avoid Azomite, Bentonite,Zeolite because all are alumina-silicate compounds and the last thing that wewant in our soil is aluminum especially at the levels found in these colloidalminerals. 
  6. 1 cup Gypsum (Calcium and Sulfur)
  7. 1 cup Crustacean Meal (Crab and/or Shrimp Meal) (Calcium, Nitrogen and Chitin along with other benefits)
  8. 1 cup kelp meal (North Atlantic) to our developing soil mix. No other plant has the array of nutrients, compounds and such as kelp meal.
  9. 3/4 cup of Karanja Meal
  10. 3/4 cup Neem Meal
  11. Now, water this mix and let it soak for a few hours to make sure that we have good hydration in all of the material. 
  12. 1/2 bucket of perlite or rice hulls for aeration. Use a pitch fork or hoe and thoroughly mix everything together. So, you will see your potting soil coming together. 

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

What is IPM (Integrated Pest Management)?

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.