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These Enhanced Organic Gardening Methods utilize 100% organic products and material, replacing chemical insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, and certain chemical fertilizers.
These methods will help you achieve the following benefits:
Higher levels of plant health.
Higher plant quality and nutrition levels.
Plants that mature earlier and produce longer.
Plants that have a different look when they go dormant because of increased health.
Increased plant resistance to insect pests, diseases, and environmental stresses.
Significantly increased competition with weeds to the point of starving them out because they can't get the nutrients they need.
Increased flow of oxygen to soil microorganisms.
Decreased requirement for water up to 50%.
Provides for low soil maintenance.
Requires less work and frees up more time for you to enjoy gardening at a lower cost.
You will reap these benefits from your new organic garden in its first year. One feature that makes this type of garden so effective is the growing areas are in raised beds, with walkways around or in-between them. Whether using squared growing beds or in rows, you should be able to easily reach its center from any side. It's important to avoid walking in the growing areas to avoid compacting the soil. This helps in maintaining your beds, and results in a garden you will no longer have to till or spade up. You will be adding organic material as your main method of maintenance.
Making your Organic Garden
Goal: Establish a deep sandy soil, which contains organic material. It needs to drain quickly yet retain moisture. This kind of soil mix allows the ground to "breathe" so the soil microorganisms have better access to air and moisture without being saturated with water. If your soil remains loose through the season (if you can easily make a hole in it with your hand), and if water drains through quickly and evenly, leaving the soil moist but not saturated with water, then you probably don't need to do this step. If you have any doubts, go ahead and do this step just to be safe. This is very important.
Procedure: Spread sand 6 inches deep on top of your garden area. Either buy it as delivered bulk, or buy it in bags. A cubic yard of sand is three feet wide by three feet long and three feet high and contains 6 layers that are 6 inches thick. Each layer will cover 9 square feet for a total of 54 square feet. Measure your garden area then calculate the square footage (length x width) and divide by 54. This will tell you how many cubic yards of sand you will need. It's very important to find out where the sand is coming from! Sand from rivers or areas where agricultural chemicals may have washed into the sand can inhibit organic growing with Mycorrhiza. Its important to get the sand evenly mixed into the top 12 inches of your garden beds. Power tilling is the best method to mix the sand evenly with your soil. Spading will work, if you are feeling energetic.Step Two
Procedure: A good choice is grass clippings from a lawn, which has been treated with BioVam Mycorrhiza. They are enriched and uncontaminated by chemicals. Mix the clippings with sawdust and or bagged potting soils. Do this step at least 2 weeks before planting your garden. This will give the worms and microorganisms time enough to start breaking down the mulch. Your maintenance effort will be one of adding this top mulch to your garden. Gone are the days of having to till this garden!
Goal: Use BioVam Mycorrhiza soil amendment with your seeds, and with plants that are to be transplanted. Everything you have done up to now has been directed towards enhancing your soil conditions, which will greatly enhance the Mycorrhizal process. You have created an organic "soup" which the Mycorrhiza grows very effectively in, gathering nutrients and feeding them 400% more efficiently (than the plants own roots can) to all your garden plants which are Mycorrhizal.
For seeds: Clear an area in the mulch about 6 inches wide. Open up a row in the soil for the seeds you want to plant. Drop 1/8 teaspoon of BioVam down per seed with seed on top. Cover the seeds with soil as recommended on the seed package. Don't put the mulch back over those seeds before they sprout. After the plants are up, move the mulch closer to the plants without covering them.
For transplants: Clear a six-inch square area and dig a hole just big enough for the root ball of the plant. Sprinkle ? teaspoon of BioVam Mycorrhiza around the sides and into the bottom of the hole and on the moist root ball of the plant. Set the plant in place. Move the side soil of the hole to the root ball. It is important to have the Mycorrhiza in contact with the plant roots. Excess soil from digging the hole can be spread evenly on the top. By far, most of the benefits listed at the top of this document are attributed to the beneficial effects of BioVam Mycorrhiza working with the roots of your plants. Mycorrhiza is a word that describes a symbiotic relationship between fungi and plant roots. The Mycorrhiza fungi become an extension of a plant root system, often increasing its root coverage by 1,500 percent. The fungi break down organic material and the byproducts of worms and other microorganisms in the soil and feed those nutrients to the plants. The plants in turn feed the fungi carbohydrates. It is a powerful relationship beneficial to the soil, plants and fungi - and most of all beneficial to you! Your garden will produce clean, healthy and quality produce and more of it!
Goal: Add additional mulch and fertilizer as needed during the growing season. The worm population will greatly increase, as will the soil microorganisms. It will surprise you how fast they can consume the mulch!
Procedure: Do not mix any more fertilizer into the soil during the growing season. Do not disturb the soil because in doing so you will break up the Mycorrhiza hyphe which are attached to and are an extension of the roots of your plants. When you add mulch to the garden, add 1 pound of BioMinerals fertilizer per 70 square feet with that mulch. Optionally, use a mild foliar spray once a month on the leaves of the plants. Cover both sides of the leaves. Apply the foliar spray during the time of day when it is cooler.
Monitor your plants for problems. Hand pick any destructive bugs off your plants or wash them off with water. You should never have to apply poisons to plants that are grown as outlined above. Their level of health will simply not attract most bugs. If you need to deal with pesky insects in the soil, try diatomaceous earth. If the insects are on the plants, use Ivory soap mixed with water and spray it on the plants and bugs. Do not use detergent soaps with degreasers because they will harm your plants.Insects may be present, but if they are not harming your plants, you dont need to worry about them. Many insects are beneficial and aid in pollinating plants. Don't be too quick to kill off those insects!When you water, soak the soil. This type of garden needs a lot less water. Mycorrhiza working with your plants causes the root systems to go deep into the soil, getting to water that was previously out of reach. The internal structure of this kind of garden will retain moisture, thus this kind of garden will require up to 50% less water.
Enjoying your new organic garden.Once your organic Mycorrhiza garden is established and you are practiced at maintaining it, your neighbors will be wondering why you have a lot more time available and be saying, "why aren't they slaving away in their garden like us?" You won't have a lot of weeds to pull because many weeds don't like to grow where Mycorrhizae are plentiful. The few weeds that do grow in your garden will easily pull out of the soil because the soil stays loose and moist.