Saturday, November 1, 2014

Do You Have Hungry Plants?

Here's a copy of a recent e-newsletter for Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  Enjoy!
Chocolate Habanero Peppers

Mary's Heirloom Seeds Newsletter
Plant Food 101                                              October 27,  2014
In This Issue
Plant Nutrients
Helpful Links

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If you're growing a veggie garden or you've ever grown a garden then you probably know that nutrients are very important.  Sun and soil (and SEEDS) are also important. Nutrients play an integral role in plant health.

Plant Nutrients-Getting Started

Most "all-in-one" type of
fertilizers have an "NPK" rating.  NPK stands for
What does each nutrient do?
In addition to other properties, Nitrogen helps plant foliage to grow strong. Phosphorous helps roots and flowers grow and develop. Potassium (Potash) is important for overall plant health.

Minerals are VERY important to healthy plant growth.
For that reason we have 2 NEW additions!


Azomite rock dust is a naturally mined volcanic rock composed of over 70 minerals and trace elements that are essential for optimal plant health. The rock formation in Utah from which Azomite is mined was formed when volcanic ash merged with sea water an estimated 30 million years ago. This mixture of volcanic ash and sea water created a unique source of trace minerals and elements that moist soils are void of. Just like humans, plants require many minerals to reach peak health and vigor. Re-minerlaize your soil with Azomite and your plants will thank you and reward you!

Contains potash and other minerals from natural marine deposits. Excellent soil conditioner. Greensand is a mined mineral rich in soil conditioning glauconite.

BOTH of these plant nutrients are important for "heavy feeders" such as Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Pumpkins and Squash.
From our blog, 
  • A complete plant food with all 15 essential nutrients
  • Originally developed for professional gardeners
  • Complex blend of natural organics provide complete and balanced feeding of all 15 nutrients
  • Environmentally safe
  • No sludges, hazardous or toxic ingredients
  • Easy to use  
  • Works in gardens, yards, lawns, and soil beds
  • Perfect for revitalizing soils that have been heavily worked
  • Scent serves as a deterrent to common garden pests such as rabbits and deer
  • Also helps accelerate composting breakdown of carbon based composts such as leaves and straw

Phosphorus is involved in many plant processes, including:
  • Energy transfer reactions
  • Development of reproductive structures
  • Crop maturity
  • Root growth
  • Protein synthesis

Very important to mention, ingredients are derived from organic, non-gmo sources.  All-Purpose VEGAN plant nutrients. 
  • Formulated to contain no animal products or animal by-products
  • A blend of excellent medium to long term nutrient sources
  • Add in combination with good organic compost to nourish your plants, improve the soil structure and encourage gardening
  • Ingredients include soybean meal, rock phosphate, alfalfa meal, langbeinite, humic shale ore, azomite, Acadian kelp meal and greensand
  • 3-2-2 formula

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Organic Pest Control

There are so many recipes out there for DIY pest control. But first, start with Prevention!
Companion Planting is based around the idea that certain plants can benefit others when planted next to, or close to one another.

Companion planting exists to benefit certain plants by giving them pest control, naturally without the need to use chemicals, and in some cases they can give a higher crop yield.

Diatomaceous Earth is a natural and organic way to deter or eliminate pests from the garden.

kills aphids, white flies, beetles, loopers, mites, snails, slugs, leaf hoppers, and harmful pests.

A few of my DIY Recipes include:
All-Purpose Insect Spray or
Soap and Water spray

For my soapy water spray I use Dr. Bronner's

Combine 1 tablespoon of Dr. Bronner's castile soap with water in a clean spray bottle. Invert it gently several times to mix, but do not shake the bottle.
Apply the insecticidal soap spray to your plants in a heavy coating, as the spray only works if it saturates the insects you're trying to kill.
Repeat once per week until you don't notice any insects on your plant. Spray plants in the early morning because pants and blossoms are most open.

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1 comment:

Priyam said...

So glad to be introduced to your blog. Thanks for linking up at the Nov hobnob.
Also wanted to let you know that I am your newest follower..:)