Getting Your Spring Garden Ready!

Spring is almost here and gardeners are preparing for the first bloom! Preparing your garden for early spring might be challenging depending on where you are. Don’t worry you can follow these steps after the last frost or whenever you are ready!

First, WEEDS!
Your garden may be over run by weeds from the winter months and needs to be tended to! You can get it all done in one day or you can try weeding one day at a time so you don’t overwhelm yourself.

Second, Get your SOIL ready!
Depleted soil can affect your plants growth, health, strength and nutrition. Begin by picking out any debris on the surface of your garden bed, then start tilling up the soil about 12 inches down. Add OceanSolution Home & Garden 3-0-3 to your soil and till again to mix it in! The 3-0-3 will release trapped nutrients and stimulate microbial activity for healthier, restored soil! Soil is ready for gardening once it is free of ice crystals and crumbles easily. You should never use wet soil, it can hinder the plants and cause root rot.

Third, BRING OUT THOSE BULBS!
Plant your daffodils, lilies, crocus, hyacinth and any other bulbs that you’ve brought inside! Early spring is the BEST time to set out bulbs.

Fourth, CLEAN UP your old plants!
Prune all your plants that have survived winter for better growth and a more uniform look.

Fifth, COMPANION PLANTING !
Figure out what you want to plant this year for spring, then plant companion plants to ward off pest and disease. Avoid planting vegetables in big patches or long rows, instead inter-plant with flowers and herbs. Large patches of one type of vegetable serve as a beacon to problematic pests. If you mix in some herbs and flowers, it becomes more difficult for pests to find your veggies. The scent of flowers and herbs, as well as the change up in color, is thought to confuse pests. Certain flowers and herbs attract beneficial insects to your garden as well. Here is a great chart for companion planting! http://www.ufseeds.com/Vegetable-Companion-Planting-Chart.html

Sixth, MULCH IT!
Using mulch in your garden helps in more than one way. It helps maintain the temperature, it conserves water and helps drastically reduce weeds.You can also use straw, leaves, sawdust, compost or grass clippings, as well as the traditional wood mulch.

Seventh, KEEP UP!
Now is when you can relax and enjoy your garden! You can check on your garden everyday and tend to your plants, pull weeds, gather harvests and check for pests. Be sure to water and use OceanSolution 3-0-3 in the morning, twice a week! (we have great gadgets for easy feeding while watering at www.OceanSolution.com)

HAPPY GROWING!

Fertilizer Pollution.

fertilizerpollutionTraditional fertilizers today are comprised of three primary nutrients in excess amounts: Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium. Both Nitrogen and Phosphorus are harmful pollutants in high amounts, whether they are organic or not.  During rainfalls, these primary nutrients are washed into our waterways and are known as runoffs. These runoffs cause algae to grow rapidly, especially in high temperatures, known as an algae blooms. This algae becomes thick and dense, preventing sunlight from reaching underwater plants. These plants cannot photosynthesize and produce the oxygen that is vital to marine life and fragile ecosystems. Harmful toxins and bacteria begin to contaminate the water and as a result fish, aquatic mammals, and birds can all die. Humans who come in contact with the water or eat contaminated fish are also at risk.

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Fertilizer pollution is the most distressing of its kind. It is extremely difficult to combat and to accurately locate the source of the pollution. Everyone uses fertilizers today; private homes, agricultural industries, private businesses, and golf courses, the list goes on and on. The most crucial thing we can do as a society is switch to a sustainable alternative and help save our environment!

OceanGrown, Inc. wants to raise awareness about fertilizer pollution and provide a sustainable solution! All of our products are 100% Eco-friendly and contain all 90 naturally occurring minerals on earth! Make the switch today and become part of the OceanSolution!

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Sustainable Landscaping with Dennis de Zeeuw

 

By Dennis de Zeeuw

Sustainscape, Inc. is a sustainable landscape company in South Florida. We have been using OceanSolution for four years in our landscape maintenance operations. Only specific organic fertilizers allow for proper absorption in different plant species.   OceanSolution provides the necessary elements to develop plant and lawn health.   This is essential for sustainable landscaping, as a healthy plant allows us to stay ahead of problems in the landscape.

Many times, we encounter a new customer with an existing problem.   In June 2014, a customer in Boca Raton called about a problem occurring on a Pigeon Plum (Coccoloba diversifolia) tree in their yard.   A Pigeon Plum is an evergreen, Florida native tree and naturally occurring in many coastal locations. At first glance, it was noticeable all the foliage on the tree had turned brown. It appeared to be suffering from a fungus; however, I was not 100% positive. I applied a foliar spray and root drench of OceanSolution.   At the time, the only thing I felt I could do was give the plant additional minerals. The customer purchased a gallon of OS and I asked them to apply ever 4 weeks.

In early November, the tree recovered.   Most of all the foliage turned green again.   I do not necessarily believe the OceanSolution killed a possible fungus present in the tree however, I do believe the OceanSolution provided strength for the plant to fight off the fungus itself.

The elements provided in OS build plant immunity allowing resistance to certain diseases. It is an essential part of how we provide responsible and sustainable landscaping services.

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