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Should You Mulch Your Garden or Farm?

Should You Mulch Your Garden or Farm? Mulching is a farming or gardening technique that involves covering the ground and planting into that soil cover or “mulch.” In a mulched garden or farm, you will rarely see any bare soil, and weeding and cultivating are kept to a minimum. Mulching serves many purposes. It is especially good at suppressing weeds. Without access to sunlight, a weed may sprout, but it will not grow. It needs light to fuel its photosynthesis processes. Another important advantage of mulching is [...] Continue Reading →

Permatrol is Now OMRI Listed!

Permatrol is Now OMRI Listed! We are excited to let you know that Soil Tech's Permatrol is now officially listed with OMRI, the Organic Materials Review Institute. Permatrol is a spray for Powdery mildew that is labeled for all crops, including grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, flowers and ornamentals. The label includes open field, greenhouse, and shadehouse grown plants as well as nursery stock. Permatrol is composed of natural compounds originating from botanical sources.  Now that Permatrol is OMRI listed, it can be used in organic [...] Continue Reading →

How Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria Work

How Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria Work Nitrogen fixing bacteria can literally make nitrogen out of thin air! If you have these soil-based powerhouses in your soil, they will fertilize your plants for free. If you want to know more about the details of this process and how to make it work for you, read on. There are several common soil bacteria that are capable of taking atmospheric nitrogen from the air and soil. Upon absorbing nitrogen as a gas, nitrogen-fixing-bacteria change it into nitrate or ammonia. [...] Continue Reading →

Microp is OMRI listed!

Microp is OMRI listed! We are excited to let you know that Soil Tech's Microp is now officially listed with OMRI, the Organic Materials Review Institute. That means Microp can be used in organic production according to the USDA National Organic Program Rule. Soil Tech products have always been formulated with purity and the environment in mind, and this listing is a reflection of that commitment.  Microp harnesses the power of cyanobacteria to improve soil quality without taking the land out of production. Used [...] Continue Reading →

Q&A: Microp

Q&A: Microp Q: Will I Be Able to See the Microp Cyanobacteria as it Grows? A: Keep in mind that Microp is a microscopic based microbial technology. Even after some weeks of population growth the colonies of microbes are still most commonly microscopic in nature. The cyanobacteria in the formulation do form chains of cells and will sometimes appear in small colonies or clumps. Cyanobacteria most commonly occupy the lower or bottom of a flooded environment, such as a rice field. (They [...] Continue Reading →

Avoiding Algae Blooms from Fertilizer Runoff

Avoiding Algae Blooms from Fertilizer Runoff It’s an all-too-common occurrence--irrigation or rain water causing fertilizer to run off into nearby ponds and lakes. The turf is no greener, the plants no more lush, and fertilizer (and money) is wasted. And to top it all off, nearby ponds are polluted, leading to unsightly algae blooms. This pollution process has a long name: eutrophication. A Closer Look at the Problem of Eutrophication Eutrophication happens whenever a body of water becomes overfilled with nutrients thanks to runoff from the [...] Continue Reading →

New Sizes and Lower Prices on Natural Pest Control Products that Work!

Got Pests? Soil Tech can help. We specialize in pest control products that work and are safe for people, pets and the environment. New this week, we’ve got lower prices on some of our favorites and made smaller sizes available to make it easy for you to try them out.   CHASE MOLE Get rid of moles, armadillos, gophers or other burrowing pests with Chase mole products. The granules are available in quantities from 6-600 pounds and the liquid version [...] Continue Reading →

Plant Hormones and Root Development

Plant Hormones and Root Development What are plant hormones and why are they important? Here we will introduce a few common hormones and their functions, including cytokinins for root development. What They Are Plant hormones, also called phytohormones or plant growth factors, are signal molecules essential to plant growth. Unlike animals, which have glands to secrete hormones in the body, plants produce hormones in every cell, in low concentrations. These hormones have different functions in the physiology of the plant, from determining the formation of [...] Continue Reading →

Nitrogen Fixation

Nitrogen Fixation What is nitrogen fixation and why is it important for your crops? How can plants absorb nitrogen and benefit from it? Here we’ll discuss the process of nitrogen fixation and its importance as an essential plant nutrient. The Importance of Nitrogen Nitrogen is an element found in greatest abundance in the air of our atmosphere. As a relatively inert element, it creates few compounds with other elements. Nitrogen is essential to the growth of living things, but most organisms cannot [...] Continue Reading →

Biopesticides

Biopesticides What are biopesticides and how are they used? How do they differ from synthetic pesticides for the health of your plants? In this blog post, we’ll answer a few basic questions about these important biochemicals. What are biopesticides? Biopesticides are materials with pesticidal properties that originate from natural living organisms, including microorganisms, plants, and animals. There are three major classes that biopesticides fall into: Microbial pesticides: These biopesticides are produced by microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and certain fungi. Each type [...] Continue Reading →