The Power Of 18
The Power Of 18 is far more then a list of ingredients. It is a total nutrition system for plants. Through our Zymology process we change the 18 ingredients into thousands of separate fully digested and readily absorbable elements. The vitamins and the microbial index are essential to a plants life. We bring into this a complex understanding of how plants really work and what it truly takes to grow them strong healthy and vibrant.
A mixture of poultry manure and sawdust or other bedding materials, poultry litter contains all the essential nutrients required for crop production. Its value as an organic fertilizer and a source of plant nutrients has been recognized for centuries. Given its beneficial effects on plant growth, litter is much more valuable as a fertilizer than previously thought. Several studies are showing its newfound advantages over conventional synthetic chemical fertilizers prompting farmers to switch to poultry litter and away from chemical fertilizers.
Many other farmers are interested in the possible economic benefits of using poultry litter because, previous studies only considered the economic value of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in poultry litter. This can be compared to that in synthetic chemical fertilizers.
Farmers know that poultry litter, an Organic Nutrient Fertilizer (ONF), is a better soil conditioner than synthetic fertilizers, but have never had a way to assign a number to the value of that benefit. So within this study, they calculated this by balancing the price tag of the nutrients in the litter with its resulting higher yields, a reflection of its soil conditioning benefits.
They found that cotton yields peaked 12 percent higher with organic fertilizers, compared to peak yields with synthetic fertilizers. With all benefits factored in, they found that poultry litter has a value of about $78 a ton, compared to $61 a ton when figured by the traditional synthetic chemical method.
The nutrient composition of poultry manure varies with the species of bird, feed rotation, amount of litter to droppings, manure handling system, and type of litter. Poultry manure is an excellent source of nutrients, however, those using manures must practice sound soil fertility management to prevent nutrient imbalances.
Poultry litter fine line
Don’t despair; manure can be one of the greatest assets for a home gardener. Although poultry manure is too strong to be used raw on your flowers or vegetables, it can be fermented and converted into plant food heaven using our “Liqui-Dirt” process.
If used without fermenting it could damage roots and possibly kill your plants. However, once it is fermented poultry litter is a good soil amendment, that adds organic matter and increases the water holding capacity and beneficial bacteria in the soil.
A good fertilizer; poultry litter provides Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium to you plants (more than horse, cow or steer manure).
These are non fermented NPK percentages and are not stable due to the enzymatic breakdown that occurs in all organic material.
Ammonium (NH4+-N): 10.25
Phosphorus (P2O5): 55.25
Potassium (K2O): 29.25
Total NPK: average (+/- 5%)
N = 10
P = 55
K = 29
The multistage fermentation process balances the NPK with the other nutrients in the “Liqui-Dirt” formula. Thus producing a mixture that is absorbed into the plants roots with no other enzymatic digestion required to metabolize throughout the plant
Rabbit manure is one of the best manures for your organic gardens! It will increase poor soil by improving soil structure and also improving the life cycle of the beneficial microorganisms in the soil. Rabbit manure is packed with nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, numerous minerals, and micro-nutrients, plus many other beneficial trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, boron, zinc, manganese, sulfur, copper, and cobalt just to name a few.
Rabbit manure maintains a higher level of (N) than sheep, goat, pig, cow or horse manure. Plants require nitrogen for the production of lush green growth. (N) helps plants grow fast and strong thus helping the plants reach their full potential. The (N) is broken down by the rabbits and made available for the fast growing of salad greens! This also promotes the early growth of tomatoes, corn, and many other vegetables.
Due to their diet, the phosphorus is higher in rabbit manure than that of other manures. (P) is critical to the transformation of solar energy to chemical energy, which in turn helps with proper plant growth. (P) is key in helping plants withstand stress as well as insect attacks. (P) in the soil also encourages bigger and more abundant blossoms in flowering and fruiting plants. (P) is a primary part in the root growth and development process.
Potassium helps with fruit quality, taste, smell, crispness, and stability. (K) reduces disease in plants and they can not grow without it. Plants use (K) as an enzyme to produce proteins and sugars. They also use (K) to control water content within their tissues.
There is more to growing fantastic crops then NPK. Rabbit manure is loaded with a host of micro-nutrients and organic matter that improve:
Vegetable gardens, pastures, and flower gardens all will benefit from using rabbit manure.
Rabbit manure is also one of the few fertilizers that will not burn your crops.
Fermented Rabbit manure is a primary choice for Master Gardeners.
Generations of gardeners have taught us that this is a primary benefit to any garden or crop. This is why we raise and grow our own rabbits and feed them only the best foods and non chlorinated water. Their diet is closely monitored to gain the best source of micro nutrients.
Truly a gift of nature, bat guano has been used in agriculture throughout many regions for hundreds of years. Guano was somewhat forgotten once chemical fertilizers came into the market, however, guano has always been prized by organic growers. Many health risks are connected to synthetic gardening products and more farmers are realizing that this dark, rich manure is indeed one of nature's treasures.
Bat guano typically contains:
10% (N) nitrogen; promotes rapid, green growth, making bat guano useful fertilizer, especially for crops.
3% (P) phosphorus; promotes root growth and supports flowering.
1% (K) potassium; helps plants grow strong stems.
In addition to the presence of these major nutrients, it also has micro-nutrients critical for the healthy growth of the plant. Bat guano microbes are also efficient decomposers and help control the incidence of soil diseases and dangerous nematodes.
Because guano is rich in bio-remediation microbes, which clean up toxic substances, it's a purifying addition for gardens in the transition from chemical to organic practices. The nutrients found in guano vary by species of bat and the types of food they consume.
This is a primary reason we use 3 separate kinds within our product. The levels of NPK in the different varieties of guano vary along with the trace minerals that are also found. These levels are dependent on numerous factors including environment, mineral composition of the land or cave of the deposit, and age of the guano deposit.
Our blending process combines 3 separate types of guano resulting in an NPK of:
N = 6
P = 15
K = 3
Again, these are non-fermented NPK levels. Raw guano will burn crops if not handled properly or if used directly on the planted area.
Who knew that crickets can create a fertilizer that is three times more potent than cow manure? Our cricket scat (cricket manure) is dry and made of tiny little pellets that are chemical-free and full of vitamin C and minerals. These include calcium, magnesium, iron, and antioxidants making it one of the best organic fertilizers available.
Your plants, flowers, fruits, and vegetables will grow strong, abundant and healthy with this nutrient.
NPK amounts can vary with amounts of excess food and bedding in the mix. This is why we separate this from the mix and reduce our end product into a fine contaminate free scat.
The NPK, or nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium rating of cricket manure is 4-3-2 or 4-2-2. In comparison, chicken manure is 3-4-2 and cow manure is 2-0-3. Different fertilizers with different nutrient values are used depending on what the plants or crops need.
This contaminates free scat has a stable raw concentration NPK of:
N = 4.04
P = 2.20
K = 2.2
It is said that the smaller the scat the higher the nutrient content within the manure. Cricket manure is high in nitrogen but can burn plants' roots if too much is added. Because of this, you should never apply scat directly to your plants. We add this Cricket Scat (poop) to the fermentation process of the “Liqui-Dirt” formulation, thus removing the risk to your plants.
Worm castings (worm manure, vermicompost, or worm excreta) are rich in plant nutrients, trace minerals and growth enhancers which increases microbial life in the root zone. Worm castings are extremely beneficial in that they stimulate plant growth. These are among the strongest nutrients we utilize in our mix.
In addition to stimulating plant growth, worm castings also enhance the ability of your soil to retain water as well as inhibiting root diseases such as root rot. The humus in worm castings removes toxins and harmful fungi and bacteria from the soil.
Unlike other animal manure and artificial fertilizers, worm castings are absorbed almost instantaneously by plants. While the nutrients are easily available they are at the same time naturally endowed with a slow release feature to maintain proper nutrition.
The main natural benefit of worm castings is the ability to fix heavy metals in organic waste, which prevents plants from absorbing more of these chemical compounds than they need. The compounds are however, released over time as the plants need them.
Worm castings have a high level of Humic Acid which also stimulates the development of micro flora populations in the soil. Extremely dark and rich in texture, worm casting have shown the nitrogen content to be 5 times greater than ordinary topsoil, the phosphate 7 times greater, potash 11 times, with magnesium 3 times in recent test. Because of this castings can reduce irrigation cost up to 50% by retaining moisture in the soil.
Benefits to worm castings:
Worm castings help reduce algae in greenhouses, and hydroponic systems.
Earthworm Castings cause no ground water contamination.
Worm Castings reduce the carbon in the soil and increase the nitrogen levels in a state that plants can absorb for easy use.
Earthworm Castings are 100% non-toxic
Worm Manure helps draw out toxins, harmful bacteria and fungi from the soil.
Worm Castings help prevent extreme pH levels.
Just to give you an idea, here are the percentages and composition of nutrients and minerals in Castings:
Organic Carbon 20.43 – 30.31%Nitrogen 1.80 – 2.05%Phosphorus 1.32 – 1.93%
Potassium 1.28 – 1.50%Carbon : Nitrogen 14-15 : 1%Calcium 3.0 – 4.5%
Magnesium 0.4 – 0.7%Sodium 0.02 – 0.30%Sulphur Traces to 0.40%
Iron 0.3 – 0.7%Zinc 0.028 – 0.036%Manganese Traces to 0.40%
Copper 0.0027 – 0.0123%Boron 0.0034 – 0.0075%Aluminum Traces to 0.071%
Cobalt, Molybdenum Present in available formN=2.01P=1.8
This is then mixed into our process which balances our final “Liqui-Dirt” mixture. We use 4 sources for our worm casings thus stabilizing the nutritional elements and the NPK for our fermentation process.
Humic acids (shale) are comprised of a mixture of weak aliphatic (carbon chains), aromatic (carbon rings), sugar, amino acid, phenol groups, carboxyl groups, ester, amine, and trace minerals.
Humic Shale has taken over 75 to 250 million years to create given that it comes from the times of the Dinosaurs. This was during the time that the continents were one landmass called Pangaea. During this time there was animal and plant life unlike any that grows today. Through the years the forest litter composted on the ground, as it does today in our forests. However, because of the differences in the ecosystem, there was a diversity of microorganisms that are not found today that broke down this plant mater into the base for what is called Humic shale today.
Humic shale was covered for millions of years during the continental shift that took place during the extinction of the dinosaurs. Because of this violent shift in continents, the ecosystem collapsed. The continents buried this material under tons of dirt and rock along with the microbes that feed on the material for thousands of years digesting the decayed remains of tropical rain forests into a sponge-like material. This now spongy decayed ancient plant matter and the anaerobic microorganisms have performed a miracle in creating a super food for our plants today.
This now composted material is unlike any that can be made naturally today, the fundamental reason being the changes in our ecological composition. Thankfully this was not lost, we can use the Humic Shale to our benefit in our own gardens and crops.
With this said, even in Pangaea there were different ecological conditions much like what we see in our world today despite the fact that it was one landmass. This is the fundamental reason we use not just one Humic Shale but 3 from 3 separate locations. This means not only a massive difference in the bottom line mix of Humic shale we use but an addition of complexity to the final product as well.
It sounds like Humates (Humic Shale) are the answer, But they are only part of the story. Humates have been shown to provide a significant increase in crop yields when combined with other natural organic materials to promote the digestion of the material within the root area.
There has been a consistent result of increased root growth in all crops tested showcasing dramatic increases in length, density, and radius of plant roots. Root system vigor is very important to the nutrient uptake capability of plants. Plant stability is enhanced, and plants are better able to find and absorb water with a broad-based root system.
The humic matter has been shown to increase the chlorophyll content in plants and can prevent or correct chlorosis.
Improvement in the uptake of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and iron, as well as innumerable trace elements essential for plant health.
The biochemically active nature of Humic acid works to enhance a plant's natural defenses against toxins and disease. Many toxins are inhibited or neutralized directly by bonding interactions with Humic acids. In addition, biologically active compounds (such as antibiotics and phenolic acids) found in healthy humus can enhance plant resistance to some diseases.
Because of the chemical bonding interactions of Humic acid, plants are able to grow in soil with more widely varying pH values. Finally, plants which are healthy and receive all of their required nutrients are better able to combat disease and pests.
Why are Humic and Fulvic acids so different?
The main reason humic and fulvic acids are so different is due to the source of the raw material. There are 5 major sources of raw material to make humic and fulvic acids out of; Rutile sand deposits, Pete Moss deposits, Lignites (sometimes referred to as Pre-Lignitic Coals), Coal, and Leonardite or Leonardite Shales. These raw materials can all be classified as Humates. The big difference between all these products is how old they are and how deep they are buried in the earth.
Let me walk through the 5 sources listed.
Rutile sand deposits are mostly found in the Florida area. They are the youngest of the 5 given they are not buried very deep. This makes them the weakest source of Humates available.
Peat Moss deposits, commonly found on top of the ground, can be found all over the Northwestern and Southeastern United States generally in forest type geographical areas. They make good potting mixes and are the second youngest of the 5. You will know you are dealing with a Peat Moss deposit when the Ash content is constantly referred to.
Lignites or Pre-Lignitic Coals are the most common sources of Humates on the market. This product is usually an overburden to a coal mine. There is no BTU value to this product, so the mines sell it as Humates. This product never became Coal, hence the use of the “Pre” prefix. The third youngest of the 5, it has a very high level of petroleum-based chemicals and is a poor choice for a Humic additive.
Lignitic Coal the fourth oldest is a raw source that contains a much higher level of Humic acid than all other sources. But, do not be fooled by Humic acid percentages. Higher is not always better. If you look at the high percentage of Humic acids on the market, you will also notice a large amount of sediment on the bottom of the barrel. This is the "Humin" portion of Humates. These add no value to the soil but they are great for compost piles. They will not dissolve or go into solution at any pH, unlike Humic acid and Fulvic acid. The Dakota’s, Utah, Idaho, and Colorado are loaded with this type of Humate.
Leonardite or Leonardite Shale deposits are the highest quality products on the market. They have oxidized past the coal stage yet are buried extremely shallow. Their Humic content may not be as high as Lignites, but their Fulvic content is much higher. Many producers of Humic and Fulvic acids think and classify there Humate deposits as Leonardite Shales when they are really Lignites.
Note: The molecular weight of a high-quality Humic acid is around 10,000 decreasing down to lower quality Humic acids with molecular weights as low as 1,000.
This is just a short list of the elements and mineral content in the Humic Shale.
The carbon content may range from 560 to 520 g/kg
Humic Acids (Dry)..............................................65-75%
NPK...................................................................45.5 / 10.5 / 20.2
The following list is % unless otherwise listed in a start solution of 1 oz sample
Nitrogen = 45.5Tantalum = 0.6Erbium = 0.1
Gadolinium = 0.1Praseodymium = 0.4Cesium = 0.1
Silver = 0.2Yunum = 4.0Selenium = 0.9
Copper = 2.0Manganese = 36.0Scandium = 0.1
Sulfur = 1gm/LSodium = 1 gm/LLithium = 10.0
Lutetium = 0.05Holmium = 0.1Eropium = 0.1
Cerium = 4.0Iodine = 0.1Molybdenum = 0.04
Strontium = 14.0Germanium <0.01Nickle = 30.0
Chromium = 0.4Calcium = 1 gm/LPhosphorus = 12.0
Florine = 5.0Ytterbium = 0.2Dysrosium = 0.5
Samarium = 0.8Lanthanum = 2.0Tin = 0.03
Niobium = 0.02Rubidium = 0.8Gallium = 0.1
Cobalt = 9.0Vanadium = 1 gm/LPotassium = 1 gm/L
Silicon = 1 gm/LBoron = 0.2Thulium = 0.02
Terbium = 0.1Neodymium = 0.8Barium = 0.3
Cadmium = 0.1Zirconium = 0.2Brominc = 0.2
Zinc = 47.0Iron = 43.0Titanium = 1.0
Chlorine = 8.0Magnesium = 1 gm/LBeryllium = 0.1
Among these elements within the Humic shale there are thousands of organic solids that can not be separated for analysis. We use a refining process to remove certain heavy metals form the final Humic Shale we use.
Mycorrhizal fungi have existed since the first plants appeared on dry land more than 450 million years ago. They form a life-giving symbiotic relationship with plant roots. They are called mycorrhizae from the Greek "mukés", meaning fungus, and "rhiza," meaning roots.
Mycorrhizae form a network of filaments that enables plant roots to draw nutrients from the soil and or water column that the root system would not be able to access otherwise.
The higher the concentration of this symbiosis the faster and stronger the plant's roots will become. This, in turn, means a stronger, healthier, more vigorous plant. It also makes the plant less susceptible to soil-borne pathogens, stress and other environmental issues including drought and poor ground conditions like salinity.
However, soil or water conditions that have been disturbed, dug, or refilled compromises this balance for the roots and thus needs to be compensated for, because once disturbed this can cause a lack of nutrition the plant can obtain into its roots. Mycorrhizae are formed with more than 90% of plant species and are dependent on this relationship to survive.
There are two major groups of Mycorrhizal fungi: ectomycorrhizal and endomycorrhizal fungi. Ectomycorrhizal develops exclusively on the exterior of root cells, whereas endomycorrhizal penetrate the plant cells where direct metabolic exchanges can occur. Ectomycorrhizae are essentially found on trees and form visible structures whereas endomycorrhizal fungi colonize trees as well as shrubs and most herbaceous plants and do not form visible structures. Other types of mycorrhizae do exist in nature but are specific to given families of plants Ex: orchids and the ericaceous families.
Soil structure refers to soil particle aggregation as well as pore spaces (spaces between the granules of the dirt). Soil structure is of critical importance to the preservation of soil functions and fertility. Mycorrhizal fungi play a major role in soil aggregation through hyphae networking and glomalin (biological glue) production. Therefore, their presence in the soil is essential to maintain physical soil properties.
Research shows that the lack of Mycorrhizal fungi can create problems with trees, shrubs, and plants when they are growing in our gardens. Unfortunately, our day to day gardening tasks can negatively affect these delicate Mycorrhizal fungi. For example, the use of chemical fertilizers, tilling, and hoeing can disrupt or even destroy the Mycorrhizal fungi found in your soil. Additionally, many of the plants we purchase and grow in the garden lack the necessary Mycorrhizal fungi growing on their roots when we plant them. Furthermore, our home garden soils may lack enough Mycorrhizal fungi to truly benefit our plants.
However, the good news is that you can stimulate the growth of Mycorrhizal fungi and get them to work more efficiently with “Liqui-Dirt” because we fix these issues in 2 separate “Organic” ways. First, we maintain “OMRI” standards to gather these fungi, propagate, and harvest its spores. Secondly, we are able to feed the fungi a specific diet to get the most from them for your plant. Also because of the fermentation process, we employ we do not compromise the spores ability to start to grow when introduced to your plants roots.
Oyster shell is composed mostly of 95% calcium carbonate. This means when mixed into the soil it provides a slow release of calcium that de-acidifies and helps balance soil pH. The growing media ph is very important for proper growth of the plant and adding oyster shell to the planting material to the ground. This does however have a very slow release time that can take up to 2 years to gain the full benefit of the calcium.
Because of this, we took a great time in developing an extraction method to remove the calcium carbonate through a natural process during fermentation thus gaining all of the benefits from the shell with no delays because there is no need for a plant to break it down any further.
Today no one questions the assertion that Ca2+ is a crucial regulator of growth and development in plants. The myriad processes in which this ion participates is large in growing and involves nearly all aspects of plant development. The concentration is quite large but its requirement is that of a micronutrient (μM) in the plant development and growth. However low levels of this ion, cause poor root development, leaf necrosis and curling, blossom end rot, bitter pit, fruit cracking, and poor fruit storage. Since the 19th century, it has been shown that Ca2+ plays a crucial role in determining the structural rigidity of the cell wall. If there is not enough Calcium within the cell wall it can cause a cascade failure in the structure of the plant. Calcium is a major component factor of the plant cell walls and it’s needed for enzyme formation and nitrate uptake. Organic calcium can also be used to help neutralize excessively acidic soils, which is especially important when you’re growing green, leafy vegetables.
N = 1.2
P = 0.4
K = 0.1
Because of the importance of this very crucial mineral, we have taken great lengths to balance this into our end mix. We also know that it takes more than one kind to be successful in giving the plants all that they need. This is why we employ 2 kinds of Calcium within this "Liqui-Dirt formulation. Oyster Shell and Dolomite Limes. We have found these the best sources and most stable.
Dolomite is added to growing medium to raise pH to a range of 5.5 - 6.5 and to supply plants with calcium and magnesium needed for healthy growth.
Dolomite differs from Lime sand and Limestone in that it contains magnesium as well as calcium. Dolomite is used to supply both of these elements and is a very effective neutralizing agent. As a rock it should contain between 8-12% Magnesium as Mg and 18-22% Calcium as Ca. Dolomite also slowly dissolves in the growing medium over time, helping to counteract the acidifying effects irrigation or tap water can have on the growing medium pH. The best quality dolomite is sourced from limestone type rock, and requires crushing and screening.
In most if not all growing media we must alter the pH, generally by applying calcium in the form of limestone. However we believe that the pH of the media is like a temperature gauge it tells you the acidic state of the growing media, but it doesn’t tell you what is causing the problem. It is well documented that the elements of calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium all influence the pH of the soil. Magnesium is also up to 2.5 times as effective at neutralizing acidity than calcium.
Because of these factors we process our raw Dolomite so it is within this following range:
Calcium = 64-75%
Magnesium = 9-14%
Potassium = 7-10%
Sodium = 0-7%
Note: It is important to understand that adding Calcium is greatly beneficial to the plant but this must be balanced with Magnesium and Potassium or the balance becomes off and it does not have the full effect within the plant for optimum plant growth.
A member of the Laminariales family, this marine algae (Phaeophyceae) is brown in color and able to grow to massive sizes. Kelp grows in ocean “forest” (Kelp forest) in shallow waters and is thought to have appeared in the Miocene, 5 to 23 million years ago. A product of our nutrient-rich oceans, Kelp encourages healthier plant growth, promotes greater fruit and vegetable yields which enhances the general appearance of a garden or plant specimen.
Kelp is commonly oven dried and ground into a course “meal”. Oven drying removes and chemically alters the beneficial elements contained within the Kelp. We only use sun-dried Kelp to preserve the organic elements of this plant. We then grind this into a fine powder for our “Liqui-Dirt ” process.
This strong and abundant plant has a cell structure that filters seawater locking in the oceans rich nutrients. Due to this constant filtration, the kelp plant grows at exorbitant rates, sometimes as much as 3 feet a day. This rapid growth rate makes kelp a renewable resource for not only many sea creatures but also for a home organic gardener.
The benefits of kelp are vast in that it is a completely “natural and organic” product as well as being a source of over 70 vitamins and minerals. For this reason, it is an important dietary supplement for many people as well as being a terrific organic fertilizer. Organic kelp processed correctly can be applied to any type of soil or plant without concern for harmful chemicals. This leads to a healthier crop yield and general plant well being.
The Nitrogen-phosphate-potassium ratio (NPK) is negligible in readings of kelp meal and for this reason, We use it for a balanced trace mineral source.
N = 1
P = 0
K = 4
We use Kelp in our “Liqui-Dirt " formula as a great source of vitamins and trace elements. We test our “Raw Organic Kelp” in small batches to preserve quality and standards.
(test sample is set to 10g)
Omega-3 fatty acids = 0.8mgOmega-6 fatty acids = 2.0 mgProtein = .02g
Vitamin A = 11.6 IUVitamin C = 0.3 mgVitamin E = 0.1 mg
Vitamin K = 6.6 mcgFolate = 18.0 mcgPantothenic Acid = 0.1mg
Choline = 1.3 mgBeta Carotene = 7.0 mcgCalcium = 16.8 mg
Iron = 0.3 mgMagnesium = 12.1 mgPhosphorus = 4.2 mg
Potassium = 8.9 mgSodium = 23.3 mgZink = 0.1 mg
Selenium = .01 mcgAsh = 0.7Amino Acid = ***/***
Kelp Meal is a generous supply of organic solids, which adds to the mix of vitamins (we only list a few above). Kelp gives us even more with important growth hormones, cytokinins, auxins, and gliberillins. It also contains amino acids, enzymes and simple and complex carbohydrates.
Our ocean is the most natural nutrient rich area on Earth given that all nutrients make there way back into the ocean. Seaweed acts like a sponge and absorbs these micronutrients. For this reason, seaweed is considered one of the best fertilizers for plants. The macro-nutrients cannot be absorbed without the micronutrients, but all of these must be broken down to enter your plants thus the reason why we use our fermentation process so that we can unlock the kelp's hidden supplements for your garden and planted areas.
Gypsum (calcium sulfate dihydrate), A whitish mineral-rich rock that is usually frond in the same strata as the chalk for writing on blackboards though it is not as refined nor is it bleached to a fine white or artificially colored. Used for centuries by farmers all over the world, Gypsum is loaded with several key elements that help recondition the soil and remove contaminants from the growing media,
Gypsum is an excellent source of Sulfur, which is critical for plants to maintain good stable root growth and metabolize calcium into there tissues. Most chemical fertilizers and many organic fertilizers are missing this key element and can't sustain this for your growing plants.
One of the gypsum’s main advantages is its ability to reduce aluminum toxicity, which often accompanies soil acidity, Also true as in Hydroponic systems where the roots are breaking down matter to large for their uptake. This can then, in turn, take the ph out of proper growing conditions. This unique mineral can have a positive effect on both High ph soil and low ph soil.
In soil, Gypsum helps to give proper flocculation, or aggregation, which is needed to give favorable soil structure for root growth and air and water movement. One of the Main reasons why Gypsum is very important is the fact that it contains Soluble Calcium. Many calcium deposits are not soluble on there own, this presents a very slow digestion process for your plants.
Through our “Liqui-Dirt” fermentation process it is now possible to utilize all aspects of the gypsum and make them predigested for your plant's uptake of calcium and Sulfur.
Alfalfa, a perennial flowering legume, that most of us know as a feed for animals, grows in large fields to flower then is cut and then either bailed, pelleted and less commonly processed into a meal.
We make our own meal using only organic alfalfa. If the soil has ever used chemical or pesticides we won't use the plant in our mix. We are devoted in the best going into our mix and onto your garden.
Alfalfa is a good source of nitrogen, along with phosphorus, potassium, calcium, sulfur, magnesium, boron, iron, zinc, just to name a few.
N = 3
P = 1
K = 3
Alfalfa is a great source for Organic matter, in that it is easily broken down in our fermentation process thus making a true particle size that can be absorbed and consumed by your plants. Our “Liqui-Dirt ” process breaks it down to the submicron particle size. The most important component in the alfalfa is triacontanol (C30H62O), a natural hormone which stimulates the growth of plant roots, enhances photosynthesis, and increases beneficial microbes which help to suppress many soil-borne diseases.
Another amazing benefit is that it is one of the few plants that takes nitrogen from the air and holds it as nodules on its roots, a process called “nitrogen-fixing”. This nitrogen becomes available in the soil for other plants to use when the alfalfa plant is cut down and its roots are left in the soil, or when the plant is turned into the soil. Knowing this, we use the entire plant roots and all for our Alfalfa meal so this means because of our process of fermentation this releases all of the alfalfa bounties into our “Liqui-dirt” formulation.
Alfalfa does not stop there. Because of special property's that are abundant within its roots and stocks, an infestation of root-knot nematode on tomato plants, and cyst nematode on carrots are significantly reduced.
As an added bonus, yields for both tomatoes and carrots were increased when compared to identical plants with no Alfalfa added to the growth media.
This plant even in the micron-sized particles reduces the amounts of water needed for a plant to sustain its structural shape. It's enzymes go to work to store water more effectively within the cells of the plant.
With all this, there is one more great effect from this amazing yet seldom thought about the plant. It has special organic all natural hormones that enable your plants to mature faster causing them to bud sooner, more often, and for longer in the growing season. Keeping this in mind there is a cause to effect here. The plants work harder and require higher levels of nutrition to maintain themselves and the fruit they will produce.
This is where “Liqui-Dirt” shines because of the complex mixture of essential organic and inorganic compounds and micronutrients with essential mineral complexes to replenish the now hyperactive growing plants. Higher levels of nutrition does not mean you need to add more “Liqui-Dirt” to the plant, in turn because of all the benefits of this “mix” it enables the roots of the plant to be more effective food gatherers and providers to the rest of the plant, thus a stronger more robust plant prebound on producing there crop of vegetables, fruits and grains, or field crops.
The main factor for the need of blood meal is Protein. This is broken down by our blend of single-celled friends and bacteria into Ammonia.
“This is an important part of our "Liqui-Dirt " mix. We want to address some concerns about its use in the Organic community. Most of the Blood meal that is used in products outside of "Liqui-Dirt ", come from slaughterhouses. The animals that are used can come from anywhere and can have been fed any diet, which is why we make our own. We only use Organic free range animals for our blood meal. It is recovered in sterile conditions in the most humane ways possible.
It is a byproduct from this industry and it would go to waste if it was not used in a productive manner. (We are able to make batches without this in the mix, however, it will take 4 to 6 months to obtain your order so please let us know ahead of when you need it).”
We filter this and let it sun dry into potent crystals that are full of beneficial nutrients that are 100% absorbed into your plants for faster nitrogen absorption. This leads to greener and faster-growing plants that are capable of processing more energy from the sun and roots, thus maintaining healthier plants.
The broken down Ammonia feed the bacteria making the fermentation process possible. This process is not unlike “bread making” using yeast. This decomposition of all the elements in the mix is a fundamental building block to the fast productive plant growth.
N = 13.25
P = 1.0
K = 0.6
Maintaining the correct balance in the fermentation process of “Liqui-Dirt ” means that the Blood meal is completely digested into the mix, which means no remaining traces are able to be recovered from the blood meal after the fermentation process is complete. Thus the meal is eaten and the circle of life again return the beneficial nutrients only into the finished mix.
Concentrated Fulvic Acid
Fulvic acid influences plant fertility through its effect on the water-holding capacity within the tissues of the plant at a cellular level. Fulvic acids increase the permeability of plant membranes, as to promote the uptake of nutrients more effectively.
Fulvic Acid effects the plant in many beneficial ways, including root growth and function, as well as color and quality of the plant. Fulvic Acid influences the tissues of the plant to generate more fruit on less plant putting the energy of the plant where you need it most, “Into its crop”.
Because of the interaction of this complex acid and the nutrients in this mix the following is greatly improved:
Increases crop yield
Increases permeability of plant membranes
Increases the uptake of nutrients
Enhances growth of soil microorganisms
Activates biochemical processes in plants
Stimulates root development
Enhances phosphate utilization of plants
Stimulates plant growth
Sustains hormonal balance of plant to produce amounts.
Fulvic Acid and Humic shale differ because the Humic shale contains the organic and inorganic material with the mineral complexes whereas the Fulvic Acid contains the Amino complexes. Both originate as Humic shale however we use an all natural way of extracting the Fulvic Acid from the Humic shale. We process this from the rock into a pure Fulvic Acid concentrate form. This is free from other deposits and contaminants within the shale (it's more like a 250 million-year-old compost pile).
Because we generate a very concentrated form, this is able to change the interaction in the “Liqui-Dirt ” fermentation process. This changes its ability to enter your plant. Because it works to realign the tissues in the plant, this makes them more receptive to the nutrition around the root structure. With roots able to perform better, it turns the roots into super plant feeders.
Natural flowing spring water
Yes this is a bit extreme, I will grant you that, but again it comes down to quality. Using water free from contamination, chlorine, lead, CFC's, Man-made chemicals, and a host of other issues is our mission for our “Liqui-Dirt ” and your family. Tap water including RO (Reverse Osmosis) water, all have the same issues of contamination of one kind or another.
Our thoughts are: “If you start with the best possible ingredients, processed in a natural and organic way, then you will have the best product in the end”.
If you think about it this really makes sense. Water millions of years old pure from the ground. Like pure rain, streams and rivers once were. Because this water can be dated thousands of years old, it's another source of purity and respect for the plants that give us life through a bountiful harvest.
Proprietary mineral blend from organic sources
Yes, this is where all the white coat adjustments go on...
We use a natural refining process (NON-Chemical) for several trace materials and Organic compounds that are not easily obtained through the fermentation process. This second step is needed for finished and balanced nutrition that can be taken directly into the root structure. Also certain compounds must be added after the mix is mature so that they are at a maximum benefit to your plants.
Because of the aged and fermented mix, this becomes a stable nutrient for your plants, this goes straight to work making the produce nature intended.
ph, is simply a measure of how acidic or alkaline a substance is (acidity or alkalinity). Neutral is considered to be 7.0. Acidic conditions are what most plants feel at home in, this is below 7.0 there are a few plants that do best above 7.0 or Alkaline, Most of these plants are flowering only.
This is important because it influences how easily plants can take up nutrients from the environment. The best range to get the most out of the plants is 6.0-6.5 ph.
Most all produce plants perform best at a ph of 6.0 to 7.0. We actively monitor this ph during our process and make adjustments to the mix to maintain the correct ph.
We only use “Natural Organic” ways to adjust our mix for the correct ph for your crop and garden.
We hold our product to a ph of 6.0 to 6.5
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