Want to set yourself up for an abundant season ahead? Join our Giveaway!
We've teamed up with Neptune's Harvest to give you one quart of organic fish and kelp emulsion, four pounds of organic crab & lobster meal, one Neptune's Harvest hat and bumper sticker plus 12 months of Flourish Garden Club.
That's over $150 value! See full details at the bottom of our post.
In the meantime, let's talk soil building :)
So much depends on the seeds you sow. And when you sow them. And how.
If you nail these things but plant into poor soil, you still won't be successful.
Here are three of the best amendments you can add to build soil fertility in your garden:
Organic Compost is magic. It is the work of untold billions of organisms, mostly microscopic, turning proverbial trash into treasure. How to compost well is a whole other subject, but here is the bottom-line: if your compost smells like rich, delicious earth and it's original contents now look like soil, with no indication of what once was, your compost is now ready for the garden. If you have worms (especially red wrigglers) who help turn your compost, so much the better. Each garden's compost is unique will have a little different nutritional content, depending on the original sources and how it was aged. In general, mature compost is a phenomenal source of balanced macro- and micro-nutrients that will both feed the soil and your crop. You can often source compost from nurseries and garden centers; I recommend you get anything organic, manure-based, and know cheaper is probably not better. If you can get worm castings, you are WINNING! And pass on conventional (ie, not organic) mushroom soil/compost. It likely has not many nutrients left and is often laced with chemicals you'll be glad to keep out of your garden.
Organic Fish & Kelp Emulsion Fish emulsion is instant, quick-release fertilizer of balanced 2-3-1 (Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium or NPK) to promote even vegetative and fruiting growth ideal for vegetables, flowers and herbs as well as houseplants. We buy organic emulsion (liquified, concentrated fish & kelp) by the 50-gallon barrel from Neptune's Harvest in Massachusetts for our farm. We feed our transplants every 10 days in the greenhouse and every 2-3 weeks in the field. If we see yellowing leaves, we feed them right away. Fish emulsion can be applied as a foliar spray (leaves can uptake nutrients, isn't that amazing?!) or poured on the soil to 'drench' the roots. Either way, fish emulsion is super concentrated so be sure to dilute as directions suggest. And with fish emulsion, more is not more: if your solution has too many nutrients, it will attract animals (like raccoon and skunk) to your garden. At the proper dilution (one ounce of emulsion in one-gallon water), you won't have any animal issues.
Organic Lobster & Crab Meal Lobster and Crab Meal is slow-release organic fertility for your vegetables, flowers, herbs and houseplants from the ground exoskeletons of these crustaceans. Applied at the beginning of the season, it will slowly release it's abundance of 5-3-0 (NPK) fertility, emphasizing vegetative growth that will keep pace with it's release of extensive micro-nutrients, especially Calcium and Magnesium. If your tomatoes suffer from Blossom-End Rot, watering soil (not foliage!) at flower and tucking 1/8th of a cup of Lobster & Crab Meal into your transplant hole will make all the difference. On our farm, we source it organically from Neptune's Harvest and spread it (5 lbs evenly over 200 square feet) on the soil before tilling in spring. Each time we pot up house plants, I tuck 1/8th cup of our crab & lobster meal in with each gallon of potting soil, as well.
How do you know if the soil you're sowing into is good or not?
Soil testing allows you to know what is truly 'going on' with your soil, so you can choose what, how and when to amend your soil so you're not wasting dollars or nutrient resources. It's totally possible to have an incredible garden without a soil test. Certainly, flowers are more forgiving than vegetables in poor soil. Cornell Cooperative Extension will tell you way more than any kit you'll find online and their sampling only costs $20. If you're not in New York, your state's land grant university in your state will be your cost-effective go-to.
Flourish Garden Club has much more extensive information on soil testing and use promo code 'letsflourish' for a month of Flourish, compliments of Fruition, at any level. Enter to win our Giveaway for a chance to win a full year of Flourish, see details below!
Want to set yourself up for an abundant season ahead? Join our Giveaway! We've teamed up with Neptune's Harvest to give you one quart of organic fish and kelp emulsion, four pounds of crab & lobster meal, one Neptune's Harvest hat and bumper sticker plus 12 months of Flourish Garden Club! We're giving away two prizes, each over $150 value, one on Facebook and one on Instagram. Multiple entries in both are allowed :)
1) Follow Fruition Seeds (@fruition_seeds) and Neptune's Harvest (@neptunesharvest) on Facebook or Instagram (qualify for both prizes by following each!)
2) Like the post for our Giveaway on Facebook or Instagram
3) Tag a friend and mention a favorite seed you're sowing this year!
There are no limits on how many times you can enter :)
Our Giveaway is open to all US residents and ends Sunday, April 22nd at 8 am and is sponsored solely by Fruition Seeds and Neptune's Harvest to surround you with more beauty and abundance this season.
One final note on fertility, Friends. Let's back up and put on a wider lens. Why are we increasing fertility in our gardens? Your motivation to simply grow more abundant tomatoes is totally valid. Here's the thing: organic gardening is about feeding yourself, and countless other species, this season and for generations to come. Feeding the soil does all of this and more. Instead of 'fertilizing your tomatoes,' think of boosting the nutrients and nutrient-holding capacity of your soil: countless species will thrive as a result, including your tomatoes. And, of course, you will, too :)
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