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I’m pretty much a novice gardener. While my dad could make a rock pile produce an abundant harvest, I can’t avoid killing silk plants.
My thumb is black, not green!
For instance, last year nothing produced in my raised beds and I couldn’t understand it. I mean, how hard is it? You have dirt, you put out fertilizer, and you plant stuff and wait for it to grow, right?
I recently acquired some literature about improving soil conditions in the garden and after reading the pamphlet realized that I had been doing everything wrong from the get-go. I had mixed peat moss in with my sandy soil, trying to create raised beds that would retain water better. I never realized, however, that sandy soil is prone to acidity to begin with and with the addition of peat moss, was even more acidic. I had the perfect soil conditions for my blueberry bushes or strawberries, but not much else!
When Quality Matters
If there’s one thing that this has taught me is that I need to slow down and start learning about gardening, not just jump in there with all the exuberance of an adolescent with no clue about what I’m doing. A poor harvest is probably one of the main reasons that people give up on gardening, figuring that all that hard work with so little to show for it is not worth the time or effort to pursue.
I’m not dabbling in the garden because I have nothing better to do. I’m honestly concerned with the quality of the food that I’ve been eating in regard to nutrient levels and the chemicals that are used to produce crops in large-scale farm applications. I really would like to eat a tomato or watermelon that bursts with flavor in my mouth. I’d like to know that I’m providing my family with the very best food that I can possibly obtain.
Natural Remedies For Soil Problems
I have learned that dirt is not just…dirt. About 95 percent of soil is weathered mineral particles, with sandy soil having the largest particles, silt soil containing medium-sized particles, and clay soil having the smallest. Depending on your soil, you can have one predominant type of soil or a mixture of several. But soil is not just solid particles.
When you’re standing in your yard, it feels pretty solid, doesn’t it? However, only about half of soil is solid particles. The rest of the area is a mixture of water and air (space). When the soil is oversaturated with water, the water fills up every available air space, and the plants actually drown for lack of oxygen. The empty space in soil should be a mixture of half water and half oxygen. Water is necessary for dissolving minerals and nutrients where the plants can absorb them. Air pockets (or soil pores) are necessary for the proper movement of oxygen and carbon dioxide so that the plant roots won’t asphyxiate.
My books suggest different things for making the soil in my garden a better climate for plant growth. For instance, my sandy soil needs the addition of some clay soil and organic matter to offer a better growing climate for my vegetables. (However, the opposite is not necessarily true. Adding sand to clay soil produces a hardpan or compacted soil that nothing will grow in. You’re better off introducing lots of organic matter into your clay soil to make it more manageable.)
Also, I need to be concerned with the pH of my soil. As I learned, peat moss acidifies the soil, while wood ash or calcium would sweeten it. No amount of fertilizer will help if the pH of my soil produces an inhospitable climate.
Giving Those Plants A Natural Boost
So, now that I’ve seen everything I need to do to get my soil in the best condition possible for my vegetable garden, I still need to look at nutrients and fertilizer to keep my plants vigorous and healthy. I’m not really keen on commercial fertilizers, and to be honest, I haven’t even started a compost pile yet (although that’s on the list!).
I know from my research that the Indians used to put a fish in each hole that they planted a seed. This fish would provide the needed nutrients for the plant to grow. Unfortunately, I don’t have an endless supply of fish!
However, I have found something that is probably even better. It’s called Protogrow™ and it’s an amazing plant “superfood” that combines a very special North Atlantic kelp extract with the macronutrients from North Atlantic fish. The synergistic action of the four most important ingredients of this product makes them more effective together than separately. This wonderful product not only makes your vegetables and plants “grow like crazy”, it increases the nutritional density of the food itself!
For example, using Protogrow™ on your tomatoes increases the availability of minerals such as potassium, calcium, and boron. Phytonutrients such as lycopene and quercetin are also improved. Beets become jam-packed with iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. Grapes ooze with phytonutrients such as resveratrol, which has been found to fight breast, liver, and colon cancers.
You can literally see, feel, and taste the difference in vegetables grown with Protogrow™. Shortly after the application of Protogrow™, you can see the leaves of your plants darken with nutritional density and increased sugar content. The plant aging process also begins to slow, lengthening the production season. Plant vigor begins to increase almost immediately, imparting a greater resistance to disease, insect attack, drought, and even frost.
Far from being simply another fertilizer, Protogrow™ is a proprietary blend of organic nutrients that contain the very building blocks of life itself!
Protogrow™ can be used on more than just your vegetable garden. Flower gardeners, landscape artists, herbalists, and anyone that grows anything can benefit from this product. If you have a heart of stewardship toward the Earth and want to enrich and supplement the soil that you grow your plants in, then this product is for you.
Powerful Living, the only company in the United States authorized to sell this product, even has an unbelievable product guarantee to go with Protogrow™. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the results of this product after following the instructions for 90 days, all you have to do is return the empty containers to receive a full refund of the purchase price (minus shipping and handling). That’s an extraordinary offer, proving they believe 100% in this product.
There are currently two purchasing options available for Protogrow™. You can buy either one quart or five quarts at a time. The more you buy, the more you save. In fact, if you order at least five quarts or more within the next 48 hours, you will receive the following 22 heirloom seed varieties at no extra charge: Provider Bean, Black Valentine Bean, Purple Podded Pole Bean, Detroit Dark Red Beet, Copenhagen Market Cabbage, Golden Bantam Corn, Reid’s Yellow Dent Corn, Straight Eight Cucumber, Long Red Florence Onion, Bloomsdale Spinach, Scarlet Nantes Carrot, Bronze Beauty Lettuce, Oakleaf Lettuce, Schoon’s Hardshell Melon, Green Arrow Pea, Fordhook Giant Chard, Brandywine Tomato, California Wonder Pepper, Jimmy Nardello’s Pepper, French Breakfast Radish, Waltham Butternut Squash, and Black Beauty Eggplant. So whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a newbie like me, you owe it to yourself to see just what this wonderful product can do for you.
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