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Transforming The Vision To Reality

Transforming The Vision To Reality I was once asked during a presentation I was giving in 2014, what I was personally doing to make a positive change for our environment. Not my company, Dr. Earth, but me personally. I was caught off guard for the first time in my career because I thought I was the agent of change through my company’s success. I was changing people’s minds about organics and convincing them to choose organics over chemicals. So, I replied: “Melissa, I am changing hearts and minds through my company, and we are winning”! That was good enough for…

Dr. Earth Pelletized Garden Lime

Description: Dr, Earth Pelletized Garden Lime helps to raise the pH in soils to aid plants in maximizing nutrient intake. Great source of calcium and magnesium which are important nutrients for plant growth and health. Ideal for for vegetable and flower gardens and is effective in helping to turn hydrangeas pink. The pelletized form makes it easy to handle and easier to break down in the soil. Covers 100 square feet. The best retailers across America sell Dr. Earth Find a Store

Dr. Earth Pelletized Soil Acidifier

Description: Dr. Earth Pelletized Soil Acidifier helps to lower the pH in soils with excessive alkaline levels. It is a great source of sulfur which promotes dark green growth and is ideal for all acid loving plants, lawns, evergreens, trees and vegetables. It is effective in helping to turn hydrangeas blue. The pelletized form makes it easy to handle and easier to break down in the soil. Covers 100 square feet. The best retailers across America sell Dr. Earth Find a Store

Human Health Starts In The Soil

What is vital for life? Your health. The future of your health is imminent. To live a long life full of joy and vitality, your lifestyle choices today determine the state of your health tomorrow. This is true, whether we think about those choices or let ignorance and apathy make them for us.  The great news is you control your own destiny, because you control every decision in your life. Healthy eating and living are personal life choices. In your own backyard you can find the potential to create a future of good health for yourself, your family and the…

Final Stop® House Plant Insect Killer

Description: Final Stop® House Plant Insect Killer Spray produces remarkable results, because all the ingredients are formulated to perform different tasks and functions synergistically. Our unique combination of natural ingredients works to kill immediately, yet controls insects for weeks with continued protection. A potent blend of essential oils provides fast results and controls insects in your entire garden. No synthetic ingredients. OMRI listed for use in organic gardening. May be used on edible crops up to the day of harvest. Made in the U.S.A. from the highest quality ingredients. Kills and controls crawling insects, aphids, spider mites, scale, thrips, mealy…

Sweet & Sour® Citrus Fertilizer

Description: Sweet & Sour® fertilizer is formulated to feed all fruit trees, berries, and fruiting vines in containers or any backyard soils. It can be used during the initial transplanting after digging the hole or anytime of the year to feed actively growing fruit trees and vines. No synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Handcrafted from feed…

Home Grown Food Book

Description: The Best Doctor is the one you never see… We all want to live a long and healthy life. The garden can be your source of additional nutrition simply by growing vegetables, herbs, and fruits. We might be able to grow a handful of crops at home, but we can buy hundreds of different varieties across or nations. Understanding what and when you should buy from the market is critical in our daily choices and can leave a positive impact on our lives. Read it to learn and keep it as a reference tool. It does both. The information is…

Healthy Garden Healthy You Book

Description: An Essential Connection and Exploration of How Soil Health, Plant Health and Animal Health Influences Human Health  You want to live a long and healthy life, and so do I. That’s why I spent over a decade writing this book. While building one of the fastest growing organic companies in America, I discovered practical information working with gardeners daily. I have an extreme passion for living a healthy, organic lifestyle. Read Healthy Garden, Healthy You to learn the essentials of how human health starts in the soil. Soil to plant, plant to animal, animal to human - I take…

Super Active™ Soil & Seed Inoculant

Description: SuperActive™ Soil & Seed Inoculant is a powerful bio-stimulator formulated to activate life into the soil, while also inoculating “legume” seeds for maximum germination and transplant success. Formulated and cultured to work fast for maximum viability for nutrient release. Micronization ensures that the inoculant tea can travel deep into the soil structure for maximum root coverage and soil penetration. Very easy to use; just mix with non-chlorinated water for soil application or with whole milk to inoculate legume seeds. Rich in: Micronized and Concentrated Seaweed Extract, Whey Protein, High Fructose Corn Sugar and beneficial soil microbes. Ideal for: Returning…

Clean Soil Detox

Description: CLEAN® Soil Detox is a potent “soil washing” conditioner that uses the power of highly porous Indonesian activated coconut shell charcoal, Utah mined humic acids, mineral-rich Bentonite Clay and TruBiotic® cultures to help adsorb, neutralize and bioremediate contaminants from the soil, providing a safer planting medium for your edible gardens. CLEAN® is designed to neutralize petroleum, herbicides, pesticides, sewage sludge (bio-solids), chicken manure residue and other toxins from the soil. It works through metal and chemical chelation, “binding-up” and “locking-Up” the contaminants by turning them into inert “non-bioavailable” compounds. Washing the soil is critical for plants we want to grow and consume. Our Clean® soil…

Final Stop® Disease Control Fungicide Black Label

Description: Dr. Earth® Final Stop® Disease Control Fungicide is a protective dormant spray that provides year-round disease control on trees, shrubs, lawns flowers and edibles. Our unique combination of natural ingredients kills and controls powdery mildew and other mold. Kills on contact while providing continued protection for weeks. A potent blend of essential oils provides fast results and controls diseases in your entire garden. No synthetic ingredients. OMRI listed for use in organic gardening. May be used on edible crops up to the day of harvest. Made in the U.S.A. from the highest quality ingredients. Controls powdery mildew, rust, black…
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Final Stop® Vegetable Garden Insect Killer Black Label

Description: Final Stop® Vegetable Garden Insect Killer Spray produces remarkable results because all the ingredients are formulated to perform different tasks and functions synergistically. Our unique combination of natural ingredients works to kill immediately, yet controls insects for weeks with continued protection. A potent blend of essential oils provides fast results and controls insects in your entire garden No synthetic ingredients. OMRI listed for use in organic gardening. May be used on edible crops up to the day of harvest. Made in the U.S.A. from the highest quality ingredients. Kills and controls aphids, whiteflies, mites, caterpillars, earwigs, sowbugs, beetles, scale,…
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Bonsai Mix Potting Soil

Description: Dr. Earth Bonsai Mix Potting Soil is formulated to provide optimum growth for evergreen and other bonsai plants. It is designed to handle the delicate needs of moisture, drainage and plant support vital for ideal development. The maintenance and care of bonsai requires patience and dedication and our hand crafted blend is designed to optimally feed your bonsai. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance,…

African Violet Premium Potting Soil

Description: Dr. Earth African Violet Potting Soil is designed to feed African Violets, but can also be used on all types of flowering plants. It is great for many projects in the garden. It is formulated to promote an abundance of quality buds and will allow the flowers to bloom bigger and brighter. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and…

House Plant Potting Soil

Description: House Plant Potting Soil creates the perfect soil conditions to promote plant health and vigor in all indoor planting applications. It is great for all indoor containers and house plants. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Dr. Earth converts over 720,000 tons of green materials into premium soil products each year. We are…

About Us

SERVING A HIGHER PURPOSE Dr. Earth has been here to serve the organic community for 29 years. We have been exclusively organic since our inception when we introduced the first probiotic soils and fertilizers to the gardening industry early in 1991. We set the industry standard then and have continued to set todays industry standards through innovative technology and a vision for a sustainable future. THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF ORGANICS BECAUSE IT MATTERS Our purpose is simple - to make the very best products that come from the best ingredients on earth. We understand that not all organics are created…

Dr. Earth Premium Organic Blood Meal

Description: Premium kiln-dried Blood Meal is an excellent source of organic nitrogen that promotes growth in all types of plants. It contains Superactive soil and seed inoculant and 5 strains of beneficial soil microbes. TruBiotic ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. As an added bonus, it helps to repel deer! Use on vegetables, roses and flowers, trees and shrubs, container plants, tropical plants and all plants in vegetative growth. Can be used…

Dr. Earth Premium Organic Kelp Meal

Description: Cold Water Norwegian Kelp is an excellent source of potash and promotes health in all planting applications. A potent all-around ingredient that will benefit all plants. It contains Superactive soil and seed inoculant and 5 strains of beneficial soil microbes. It is infused with TruBiotic which ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. The best retailers across America sell Dr. Earth Find a Store

Dr. Earth Premium Organic Fish Bone Meal

Description: Pasteurized Fish Bone Meal is an excellent source of organic phosphorous. It benefits plants in all stages of growth and is especially beneficial for roots, buds and blooms. It contains Superactive soil and seed inoculant and 5 strains of beneficial soil microbes. TruBiotic ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. The best retailers across America sell Dr. Earth Find a Store

Dr. Earth Premium Organic Alfalfa Meal

Description: Valley grown alfalfa meal is a fast acting and excellent source of primary nutrients. It contains Superactive soil and seed inoculant and 5 strains of beneficial soil microbes and is infused with TruBiotic which ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. The best retailers across America sell Dr. Earth Find a Store

Dr. Earth Premium Organic Bone Meal

Description: Bone Meal is an excellent source of organic phosphorous, providing both long term and short term benefits. Great for root and fruit development. It benefits bulbs, flowers, roses, vegetables, all blooming plants, trees and shrubs. It contains Superactive soil and seed inoculant and 5 strains of beneficial soil microbes. TruBiotic ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. The best retailers across America sell Dr. Earth Find a Store

Metabolic Transformer®

Description: Dr. Earth Metabolic Transformer is formulated to inoculate and stimulate microbes in both native soils and purchased container mixes. It assists in performing a variety of tasks such as desirable soil structure and overall desirable soil conditions. Improved biological and biochemical characteristics in the soil assist in improving overall plant growth. Natural and organic catalyst for all soil types. Makes 44 gallons of ready to use product. This product is made in United States. Metabolic transformer includes patent pending technology that is formulated to create the perfect environment for rhizosphere Aloe Vera infused with Probiotics. It adds beneficial soil…

Black Label Home Grown® Potting Soil

Description: Home Grown® Black Label Potting Soil creates the perfect soil conditions to promote plant health and abundant vegetables and herbs. Home Grown® is designed for use in production gardens, but can be used for many projects in the garden such as an amendment for planting trees, shrubs, bare root planting & flowers. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced…

Bagtainer® Home Grown® Natural & Organic Potting Soil

Description: Bagtainer® Home Grown® Potting Soil is designed to grow your plants right in the bag. Simple and easy to use, just punch holes in the bottom, cut along the dotted line and plant directly in the bag. It creates the perfect soil conditions to promote plant health and abundant vegetables and herbs. Grow in the bag! High reflective bag for low heat protects your plants. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant…
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Premium Compost Starter with Myccorhizae

Description: Compost Starter significantly speeds up the decomposition of organic materials to create true organic humus. For use in all types of composting strategies: piles, bins, barrels and others. It contains Superactive soil and seed inoculant andTruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. Contains a biological compost activator that helps to break down food & garden waste. No synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced…

Acid Lovers® Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron & Maple Planting Mix

Description: Acid Lovers® Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron & Maple Planting Mix creates the perfect soil conditions for plants that love acidic soil. Acid Lovers® is ideal for blueberries, evergreens, hydrangeas, hollies, gardenias, ferns, tropical and shade plants. It can be used as an amendment for planting trees, shrubs, bare root planting, flowers & all acid loving plants in the garden. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are…
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 1. RETURNS  We do not accept returns or exchanges unless the item you purchased is defective or was damaged prior to shipment. If you receive a defective or damaged item, please contact us at Katie@DrEarth.com with details of the product and the defect/damage as listed below.  All Refund/Return requests must include the following information via email or return:  1) Details of the Product (Name, Size, SKU)  2) Order Date  3) PO/Invoice number  4) Description of the defect/damage  5) Picture(s) of the damage  Upon notification of the damaged/defective product, we will fully examine it and notify you via e-mail, within 30…

Organic & Natural Raised Bed Potting Mix

Description: Dr. Earth® Organic and Natural Raised Bed Potting Mix is specially designed for use in vegetable and ornamental raised beds. It can be used as a soil amendment for in-ground planting of shrubs, bare root planting, flowers and vegetables, mulching and seed cover. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Dr. Earth converts…

Organic & Natural Nitrogen All Purpose Fertilizer

Description: Dr. Earth® Nitrogen Fertilizer is formulated to promote lush lawns and gardens located in in high phosphorous regions. This long-lasting, all season fertilizer delivers nutrients slowly and will not burn plants and grass. It comes in a pelletized form that is easy to apply. Just throw and go! Odor free formula No synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Handcrafted from feed grade ingredients. Enriched with organic nutrients found naturally in land plants, ocean plants, fish, fish bones and mined minerals from the earth. This nutritionally balanced formula promotes very rich and healthy soil equipped to grow the healthiest…
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Dr. Earth Premium Shredded Redwood Bark Decorative Ground Cover And Mulch

Description: Dr. Earth® Shredded Redwood Bark is processed by large custom machines designed to calibrate a consistent size and color of all bark products. This ground cover helps keep moisture in the soil while keeping unwanted weeds away by blocking out sunlight. Dr. Earth® Shredded Redwood Bark is a true "Premium" bark that is double screened for consistency which provides the best-looking bark for the highest quality gardens. This versatile bark, which naturally acts as a mulch, can be used in vegetable or ornamental gardens to protect, beautify and add style to new and existing landscaping. Conserves soil moisture &…
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Dr. Earth Premium Shredded Cedar Bark Decorative Ground Cover And Mulch

Description: Dr. Earth® Shredded Cedar Bark is processed by large custom machines designed to calibrate a consistent size and color of all bark products. This ground cover helps keep moisture in the soil while keeping unwanted weeds away by blocking out sunlight. Dr. Earth® Shredded Cedar Bark is a true "Premium" bark that is double screened for consistency which provides the best-looking mulch for the highest quality gardens. This versatile bark, which naturally acts as a mulch, can be used in vegetable or ornamental gardens to protect, beautify and add style to new and existing landscaping. Conserves soil moisture &…
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Dr. Earth Premium Walk On Bark Decorative Ground Cover And Mulch

Description: Dr. Earth® Walk On Bark nuggets are processed by large custom machines designed to calibrate a consistent size and color of all bark products. This ground cover helps keep moisture in the soil while keeping unwanted weeds away by blocking out sunlight. Dr. Earth® Walk On Bark nuggets are a true "Premium" nugget that are double screened for consistency which provides the best looking bark nuggets for the highest quality gardens. This versatile bark, which naturally acts as a mulch, can be used in vegetable or ornamental gardens to protect, beautify and add style to new and existing landscaping.…
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Dr. Earth Premium Color Enhanced Red Mulch Decorative Ground Cover

Description: Dr. Earth® Red Mulch is processed by large custom machines designed to calibrate a consistent size and color of all mulch products. This ground cover helps keep moisture in the soil while keeping unwanted weeds away by blocking out sunlight. Dr. Earth® Red Mulch is a true "Premium" mulch that is double screened for consistency which provides the best-looking mulch for the highest quality gardens. This versatile mulch can be used in vegetable or ornamental gardens to protect, beautify and add style to new and existing landscaping. Where to Use: Our durable Red Mulch can be used throughout your…
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Dr. Earth Premium Medium Patio Bark Decorative Ground Cover And Mulch

Description: Dr. Earth® Patio Bark Medium nuggets are processed by large custom machines designed to calibrate a consistent size and color of all bark products. This ground cover helps keep moisture in the soil while keeping unwanted weeds away by blocking out sunlight. Dr. Earth® Patio Bark Medium nuggets are a true "Premium" nugget that are double screened for consistency which provides the best-looking bark nuggets for the highest quality gardens. This versatile bark, which naturally acts as a mulch, can be used in vegetable or ornamental gardens to protect, beautify and add style to new and existing landscaping. Conserves…
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Dr. Earth Premium Fine Patio Bark Decorative Ground Cover And Mulch

Description: Dr. Earth® Patio Bark Fine nuggets are processed by large custom machines designed to calibrate a consistent size and color of all bark products. This ground cover helps keep moisture in the soil while keeping unwanted weeds away by blocking out sunlight. Dr. Earth® Patio Bark Fine nuggets are a true "Premium" nugget that are double screened for consistency which provides the best looking bark nuggets for the highest quality gardens. This versatile bark, which naturally acts as a mulch, can be used in vegetable or ornamental gardens to protect, beautify and add style to new and existing landscaping.…
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Dr. Earth Premium Micro Bark Decorative Ground Cover And Mulch

Description: Dr. Earth® Micro Bark nuggets are processed by large custom machines designed to calibrate a consistent size and color of all bark products. This ground cover helps keep moisture in the soil while keeping unwanted weeds away by blocking out sunlight. Dr. Earth® Micro Bark nuggets are a true "Premium" nugget that are double screened for consistency which provides the best-looking bark nuggets for the highest quality gardens. This versatile bark, which naturally acts as a mulch, can be used in vegetable or ornamental gardens to protect, beautify and add style to new and existing landscaping. Conserves soil moisture…
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Super Natural® Liquid Lawn Food

Description Dr. Earth® Super Natural® Lawn Fertilizer is specially formulated to feed turf naturally and promote ultra-green and vibrant lawns anytime of the year. Dr. Earth® Super Natural® Lawn Fertilizer is great for all new & established lawns, warm & cool season lawns. Great for assisting seedlings and sod in becoming established anytime of the year. Sustainably made from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product,…

Love® All Purpose Potting Soil

Description: Love® All Purpose Potting Soil is recommended for use in all outdoor and indoor potting and container applications. Love® is great for many projects in the garden. In addition to container planting, Love® can be used as a soil amendment for in-ground planting: trees, shrubs, bare root planting, flowers and vegetables; mulching; and seed cover. Great for indoor garden production. No synthetic chemicals, chicken manure or toxic ingredients. Designed for raised beds and your garden. Love® All Purpose Potting Soil is created to grow the healthiest and most productive plants any time of the year. The best retailers across America sell…

Acid Lovers® Organic Fertilizer

Description: Acid Lovers® dry fertilizer is formulated for acid loving plants. It is ideal for azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, maples, hollies, gardenias, hydrangeas, blueberries, evergreens, ferns and shade plants. Excellent for use in raised beds during transplanting or feeding mid-season for a nutritional boost. No synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Handcrafted from feed grade ingredients. Enriched with organic…

Spectacular® Bulb Food

Description: 'Spectacular® dry fertilizer is formulated for tubers, edibles, and ornamentals. Use on summer and winter crops – containerized or in-ground. For best results, use during initial planting and re-apply on a regular basis. No synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Excellent for use in raised beds during transplanting or feeding mid-season for a nutritional boost. Apply…

Organic Starter 3-Step Fertilizer Kit

Description: Dr. Earth Liquid fetilizers are the most sustainable source of nutrients you can put in your garden. Instead of throwing valuable nutrients from grocery stores into the dump. We break it down into a nutrient source that plants can absorb. We take yesterday's produce and make today's garden. Sustainably made from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to preserve our planet.…

Flower Garden 3-Step Fertilizer Kit

Description: Dr. Earth Liquid fetilizers are the most sustainable source of nutrients you can put in your garden. Instead of throwing valuable nutrients from grocery stores into the dump. We break it down into a nutrient source that plants can absorb. We take yesterday's produce and make today's garden. Sustainably made from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to preserve our planet.…

Environmental Responsibility

Serving a Higher Purpose Impact of Landfills on Ground Water Quality There is nothing pretty about landfills except that the garbage is far away from our homes and we don’t have to smell it. Municipal solid waste (MSW) disposal is a global concern, especially in developing countries across the world. Globally, landfills are one of the major threats to groundwater resources. Waste placed in landfills or open dumps is subjected to either groundwater underflow or infiltration from precipitation. This waste gradually releases its initial water through rock pores and some of its decomposition by-products which contain innumerable organic and inorganic…

Dr. Earth Organic & Natural MINI’s Fertilizer Value Pack ( 8 – 1 lbs pouches )

Description: Organic gardening has been shown to produce superior results consistently and safely. It is a combination of LOVE and science. Every blend has been handcrafted with pure love to help plant lovers like you. Have fun and success with this "AROUND THE WORLD" assortment of eight delicious flavors. Your plants will love them any time of the year. MINIS give you the freedom to apply a custom formula anytime of the year, on annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees - either in containers or in the ground. This value pack gives you freedom to experiment with all of our most…
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Cactus & Succulent 3-Step Fertilizer Kit

Description: Dr. Earth Liquid fertilizers are the most sustainable source of nutrients you can put in your garden. Instead of throwing valuable nutrients from grocery stores into the dump. We break it down into a nutrient source that plants can absorb. We take yesterday's produce and make today's garden. Sustainably made from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to preserve our planet.…

Succulence® Cactus & Succulent Plant Food

Description: Dr. Earth Liquid fertilizers are the most sustainable source of nutrients you can put in your garden. Instead of throwing valuable nutrients from grocery stores into the dump. We break it down into a nutrient source that plants can absorb. We take yesterday's produce and make today's garden. Sustainably made in the U.S.A. from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to…

Acid Loving Plants 3-Step Fertilizer Kit

Description: Dr. Earth Liquid fetilizers are the most sustainable source of nutrients you can put in your garden. Instead of throwing valuable nutrients from grocery stores into the dump. We break it down into a nutrient source that plants can absorb. We take yesterday's produce and make today's garden. Sustainably made from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to preserve our planet.…

Acid Lovers® Azalea, Holly & Evergreen Liquid Fertilizer

Description: Dr. Earth Liquid fetilizers are the most sustainable source of nutrients you can put in your garden. Instead of throwing valuable nutrients from grocery stores into the dump. We break it down into a nutrient source that plants can absorb. We take yesterday's produce and make today's garden. Sustainably made in the U.S.A. from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to…
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Nitro Big, Pot of Gold and Golden Bloom 3-PART Certified Organic Growing System

Description: This 3 part kit is sure to make your plants thrive! We give you a fertilizer for the different stages of growth. Nitro Big to give you a great start, Pot of Gold to maintain, and Golden Bloom to grow large buds and blooms. Sustainably made from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to preserve our planet. No synthetic ingredients or…
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Root Gold® Liquid Root Care Plant Food

Description: Dr. Earth Liquid fertilizers are the most sustainable source of nutrients you can put in your garden. Instead of throwing valuable nutrients from grocery stores into the dump. We break it down into a nutrient source that plants can absorb. We take yesterday's produce and make today's garden. Sustainably made in the U.S.A. from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to…

Pure Gold® All Purpose Liquid Plant Food

Description: Dr. Earth Liquid fertilizers are the most sustainable source of nutrients you can put in your garden. Instead of throwing valuable nutrients from grocery stores into the dump. We break it down into a nutrient source that plants can absorb. We take yesterday's produce and make today's garden. Sustainably made in the U.S.A. from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to…

Pure Gold® All Purpose Fertilizer

Description: Pure Gold® is a true pelletized organic all purpose fertilizer that produces remarkable results because nutrients are released quickly yet continue to feed for several months. Ultra-premium scientific formula provides optimum levels of primary essential plant nutrients designed for every plant in your home and garden. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as needed. Feeds for several months. Great for every plant in the garden. This is our easiest to use fertilizer and can be applied to the soil without having to be worked in. Very easy!…

House Plant Pump & Grow Liquid Plant Food

Description: Dr. Earth Pump & Grow products are very quick and easy. Simply apply two pumps directly to the soil and water within 24 hours and it will feed your plants 100% sustainable nutrients for two weeks. Applying directly to the soil makes gardening easy with no mixing and no mess. Sustainably made from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to preserve…

Pot of Gold® All Purpose Liquid Plant Food

Description: Pot of Gold is our 100% sustainable all purpose plant food. Made from the highest quality human grade ingredients. Turning yesterdays produce, fish and meat into the highest quality fertilizer on the market. Sustainably made in the U.S.A. from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to preserve our planet. No synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. With a balanced NPK…

Pot of Gold® All Purpose Potting Soil

Description: Pot of Gold® All Purpose Potting Soil is recommended for use in all outdoor and indoor potting and container applications. Pot of Gold® is great for many projects in the garden. In addition to container planting, Pot of Gold® can be used as a soil amendment for in-ground planting: trees, shrubs, bare root planting, flowers and vegetables; mulching; and seed cover. Great for indoor garden production. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for…

Nitro Big® High Nitrogen Liquid Plant Food

Description: Dr. Earth Nitro Big High Nitrogen Plant Food creates lush compact growth that's capable of supporting heavey fruits and flowers. It includes potassium to enhance energy transfer and get aggressive growth rates. Sustainably made in the U.S.A. from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to preserve our planet. No synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Promotes vigorous, hardy, lush and…

Fruit Tree & Berries 3-Step Fertilizer Kit

Description: Dr. Earth Liquid fertilizers are the most sustainable source of nutrients you can put in your garden. Instead of throwing valuable nutrients from grocery stores into the dump. We break it down into a nutrient source that plants can absorb. We take yesterday's produce and make today's garden. Sustainably made from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to preserve our planet.…

Natural Wonder® Fruit & Berry Liquid Fertilizer

Description: Dr. Earth Liquid fertilizers are the most sustainable source of nutrients you can put in your garden. Instead of throwing valuable nutrients from grocery stores into the dump. We break it down into a nutrient source that plants can absorb. We take yesterday's produce and make today's garden. Sustainably made in the U.S.A. from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to…
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Life® All Purpose Potting Soil

Description: Life® All Purpose Potting Soil is recommended for use in all outdoor and indoor potting and container applications. Life® is great for many projects in the garden. In addition to container planting, Life® can be used as a soil amendment for in-ground planting: trees, shrubs, bare root planting, flowers and vegetables; mulching; and seed cover. Great for indoor garden production. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as…

Home Grown® Vegetable Garden Potting Soil

Description: Home Grown® Vegetable Garden Potting Soil creates the perfect soil conditions to promote plant health and abundant vegetables and herbs. Home Grown® can be used for many projects in the garden: amendment for planting trees, shrubs, bare root planting & flowers. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Dr. Earth converts over 720,000 tons…

Vegetable Garden 3-Step Fertilizer Kit

Description Dr. Earth® Home Grown® Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Liquid Fertilizer is formulated to feed plants gently to promote robust and productive vegetable gardens. Our Home Grown® Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Fertilizer is great for all types of vegetable gardens, both summer and winter, rooting and flowering gardens. Sustainably made from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to preserve our planet. No…

Golden Bloom® High Phosphate Liquid Plant Food

Description: Dr. Earth Golden Bloom is 100% sustainable plant food made from the highest quality human grade ingredients. Turning yesterday's produce, fish and meat into the highest quality fertilizer on the market. Sustainably made in the U.S.A. from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to preserve our planet. No synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. High phosphorous plant food promotes large…
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Free® Vegetarian Potting Soil

Description: Free® All Purpose Potting Soil is a potting soil that is free of any animal byproducts. Free® is recommended for use in all outdoor and indoor potting and container applications. Free® is great for many projects in the garden. It can be used as a soil amendment for in-ground planting: trees, shrubs, bare root planting, flowers and vegetables; mulching; and seed cover. Great for indoor garden production. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil…

Flower Girl® Bud & Bloom Booster Potting Soil

Description: Flower Girl Bud & Bloom Booster Potting Soil promotes blooms in all flowering plants: roses, trees, shrubs, annuals. Flower Girl Potting Soil is great for many projects in the garden. It can be used as an amendment for planting trees, shrubs, bare root planting, flowers & vegetables. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant…
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Final Stop® Snail & Slug Killer

Description: Final Stop® Snail & Slug Killer Spray produces remarkable results, because all the ingredients are formulated to perform different tasks and functions synergistically, in a controlled fashion. Our unique combination of natural ingredients works to kill immediately, yet controls snails and slugs for weeks with continued protection. A potent blend of essential oils provides fast results and controls snails and slugs in your entire garden. No synthetic ingredients. OMRI listed for use in organic gardening. May be used on edible crops up to the day of harvest. Made in the U.S.A. from the highest quality ingredients. Kills and controls…

Final Stop® Pest Control Pet Spray

Description: Dr. Earth Final Stop All Natural Insect Control Pet Spray intended for use directly on pets such as cats and dogs and their bedding areas. The spray can be used indoors and outdoors and does not contain DEET, pyrethrin’s, or alcohol. Your customers want safety and strength and we've carefully selected natural ingredients to safely and efficiently eliminate pesky pet-related insect issues. Organic formula contains no harmful synthetic ingredients for dogs, cats, and houshold animals. Biodegradable, pyrethrin free, alcohol free, and deet free. Deters fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, flies, gnats, mites, and other biting insects. May be used as barrier…

Final Stop® Disease Control Fungicide Ready to Spray

Description: Dr. Earth® Final Stop® Disease Control Fungicide is a protective dormant spray that provides year-round disease control on trees, shrubs, lawns flowers and edibles. Our unique combination of natural ingredients kills and controls powdery mildew and other mold. Kills on contact while providing continued protection for weeks. A potent blend of essential oils provides fast results and controls diseases in your entire garden. No synthetic ingredients. OMRI listed for use in organic gardening. May be used on edible crops up to the day of harvest. Made in the U.S.A. from the highest quality ingredients. Controls powdery mildew, rust, black…
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Exotic Blend® Fertilizer

Description: Exotic Blend® dry fertilizer has been carefully designed for exotic plants such as palm, hibiscus, ferns, and tropical varieties. You’ll get remarkable results and larger, natural blooms. We utilize a proven scientific formula that provides optimal levels of plant nutrition for stunning results. No synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Dr. Earth converts over 720,000 tons…

Root Zone® Starter Fertilizer

Description: Root Zone® fertilizer is formulated to feed all transplants, vegetable garden plants, both summer and winter plants, in containers or in native soil found in your yard. It is best used when planting seeds or transplanting anything into a new container or at home in the garden. No synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Handcrafted from…

Premium Compost Starter

Description: Dr. Earth Compost Starter produces remarkable results because it significantly speeds up the decomposition of raw organic materials to create true organic humus. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down then released in the compost pile for preparation of soil applications. Infused with TruBiotic® – consisting of “Five Champion Strains” of beneficial soil microbes to ensure that all materials are digested to the fullest. Rich in: Valley Grown Alfalfa Meal, MicroActive™ nutrient-rich Seaweed Extract. Ideal for: All types of composting strategies: piles, bins, barrels and every other method employed. Compost Tea: Makes compost tea – use as soil drench or foliar spray. NOTE: Compost happens…

Liquid Fertilizers

Pump & Grow 8oz Pump & Grow 16oz 24oz Concentrate 32oz Ready to Spray 32oz Concentrate 1 Gallon Concentrate 2.5 Gallon Concentrate 5 Gallon Concentrate

Home Grown® Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Liquid Fertilizer

Description Dr. Earth® Home Grown® Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Liquid Fertilizer is formulated to feed plants gently to promote robust and productive vegetable gardens. Our Home Grown® Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Fertilizer is great for all types of vegetable gardens, both summer and winter, rooting and flowering gardens. Sustainably made in the U.S.A. from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to preserve…
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Total Advantage® Rose & Flower Liquid Fertilizer

Description: Dr. Earth Liquid fertilizers are the most sustainable source of nutrients you can put in your garden. Instead of throwing valuable nutrients from grocery stores into the dump. We break it down into a nutrient source that plants can absorb. We take yesterday's produce and make today's garden. Sustainably made in the U.S.A. in the U.S.A. from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we…
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Flower Girl® Bud & Bloom Booster

Description: Dr. Earth Liquid fertilizers are the most sustainable source of nutrients you can put in your garden. Instead of throwing valuable nutrients from grocery stores into the dump. We break it down into a nutrient source that plants can absorb. We take yesterday's produce and make today's garden. Sustainably made in the U.S.A. from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to…

Root Zone® Liquid Starter Plant Food

Description: Dr. Earth Liquid fertilizers are the most sustainable source of nutrients you can put in your garden. Instead of throwing valuable nutrients from grocery stores into the dump. We break it down into a nutrient source that plants can absorb. We take yesterday's produce and make today's garden. Sustainably made in the U.S.A. from the highest level Human Grade whole-foods. By collecting human-grade ingredients from supermarkets, we upcycle would-be food grade waste into premium fertilizer. By harvesting the nutrients from today’s food scraps to grow tomorrow’s food, we are not only creating a premium product, we are helping to…

Final Stop® Yard & Garden Insect Killer

Description: Final Stop® Yard & Garden Insect Killer Spray produces remarkable results, because all the ingredients are formulated to perform different tasks and functions synergistically. Our unique combination of natural ingredients works to kill immediately, yet controls insects for weeks with continued protection. A potent blend of essential oils provides fast results and controls insects in your entire garden. No synthetic ingredients. OMRI listed for use in organic gardening. May be used on edible crops up to the day of harvest. Made in the U.S.A. from the highest quality ingredients. Kills and controls aphids, mites, whiteflies, caterpillars, fleas, spiders, stink…

Final Stop® Vegetable Garden Insect Killer

Description: Final Stop® Vegetable Garden Insect Killer Spray produces remarkable results because all the ingredients are formulated to perform different tasks and functions synergistically. Our unique combination of natural ingredients works to kill immediately, yet controls insects for weeks with continued protection. A potent blend of essential oils provides fast results and controls insects in your entire garden No synthetic ingredients. OMRI listed for use in organic gardening. May be used on edible crops up to the day of harvest. Made in the U.S.A. from the highest quality ingredients. Kills and controls aphids, whiteflies, mites, caterpillars, earwigs, sowbugs, beetles, scale,…

Final Stop® Pest Control Killer Spray

Description: Final Stop® Pest Control Killer Spray produces remarkable results because all the ingredients are formulated to perform different tasks and functions synergistically, in a controlled fashion. Our unique combination of natural ingredients works to kill immediately, yet controls insects for weeks with continued protection. A potent blend of essential oils provides fast results and controls insects in your entire garden. No synthetic ingredients. OMRI listed for use in organic gardening. Made in the U.S.A. from the highest quality ingredients. Kills and controls crawling insects, ants, cockroaches, spiders, fleas, wasps, stink bugs, moths, silverfish, mosquitoes, centipedes, earwigs, gnats, chiggers, ticks,…

Final Stop® Weed & Grass Killer Herbicide

Description: Final Stop® Weed & Grass Herbicide Killer Spray is a herbicide that produces remarkable results, because all the ingredients are formulated to perform different tasks and functions synergistically, in a controlled fashion. Our unique combination of natural ingredients works to kill immediately. Glyphosate free, non-selective herbicide weed & grass killer that kills naturally using essential oils. Made in the USA from the highest quality ingredients. OMRI Listed for use in organic gardening. No synthetic ingredients. Non-selective weed and grass killer. May be used up to the day of harvest. Prior to full application, test a small, discreet area first to…

Final Stop® Fruit Tree Insect Killer

Description: Final Stop® Fruit Tree Insect Killer Spray produces remarkable results because all the ingredients are formulated to perform different tasks and functions synergistically, in a controlled fashion. Our unique combination of ingredients works to kill immediately, yet controls insects for weeks with continued protection. A potent blend of essential oils provides fast results and controls insects in your entire garden No synthetic ingredients. OMRI listed for use in organic gardening. May be used on edible crops up to the day of harvest. Made in the U.S.A. from the highest quality ingredients. Kills and controls aphids, scale, whiteflies, mites, earwigs,…

Final Stop® Rose & Flower Insect Killer

Description: Final Stop® Rose & Flower Insect Killer Spray produces remarkable results, because all the ingredients are formulated to perform different tasks and functions synergistically. Our unique combination of natural ingredients works to kill immediately, yet controls insects for weeks with continued protection. A potent blend of essential oils provides fast results and controls insects in your entire garden. No synthetic ingredients. OMRI listed for use in organic gardening. Made in the U.S.A. from the highest quality ingredients. Kills and controls aphids, beetles, whiteflies, mites, rose chafers, scale, caterpillars, earwigs, spiders, ants, leafhoppers, mealybugs, crickets and other insects. Comes in…

Natural Wonder® Fruit Tree Fertilizer

Description: Natural Wonder® fertilizer is formulated to feed all fruit trees, berries, and fruiting vines in containers or any backyard soils. It can be used during the initial transplanting after digging the hole or anytime of the year to feed actively growing fruit trees and vines. No synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Handcrafted from feed grade…

Life®: All Purpose Fertilizer

Description: Life® is a true pelletized organic all purpose fertilizer that produces remarkable results because nutrients are released quickly yet continue to feed for several months. Ultra-premium scientific formula provides optimum levels of primary essential plant nutrients and multi-minerals. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed. Feeds for several months. Great for every plant in the garden. This is our easiest to use fertilizer and can be applied to the soil without having to be worked in. Very easy! Easy to use Throw &…

Total Advantage® Rose & Flower Fertilizer

Description: Dr. Earth® Total Advantage® Rose & Flower Fertilizer is formulated to feed flowering plants naturally to promote bigger and more abundant blooms. Dr. Earth® Total Advantage® Rose & Flower Fertilizer is great for all roses, flowers, flowering trees, shrubs as well as annuals & perennials. No synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Handcrafted from feed grade…

Flower Girl® Bud & Bloom Booster

Description: Flower Girl® dry fertilizer produces fantastic results as it releases some nutrients quickly and others may last up to several months. Ultra-premium scientific formula provides measured and optimal plant nutrients for maximum plant health and growth. No synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Handcrafted from feed grade ingredients. Enriched with organic nutrients found naturally in land…

Home Grown® Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Fertilizer

Description: Home Grown® fertilizer is formulated to feed vegetable gardens, summer and winter crops, container plantings or native backyard soil. Use it during initial planting of seeds, transplanting, and on a regular basis as a top dressing or compost tea. No synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Handcrafted from feed grade ingredients. Enriched with organic nutrients found…
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Premium Gold® All Purpose Fertilizer

Description: Premium Gold® All Purpose Fertilizer produces remarkable result. Nutrients are released immediately and over several months. Premium formula provides optimum nutrition. Plants don’t lie – it’s great for every plant in the garden! No synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Handcrafted from feed grade ingredients. Enriched with organic nutrients found naturally in land plants, ocean plants,…

Annual Bloom Flower Garden Fertilizer

Description: Annual Bloom® Flower Garden Pansy Fertilizer is formulated for all flowering plants, containerized or in-ground. Use when planting seeds, transplanting established plants, and periodically throughout year – as needed. No synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Handcrafted from feed grade ingredients. Enriched with organic nutrients found naturally in land plants, ocean plants, fish, fish bones and…

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Organic Soils

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Exotic Blend®: Cactus & Succulent Potting Mix

Description: A perfect blend of soil that provides the best life for your succulents and cacti. This blend has excellent drainage and water holding capabilities simultaneously. Cactus, succulents and all drought tolerant plants will enjoy home in our mix specially designed for their needs. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Dr. Earth converts over 720,000 tons of…
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Root Zone® Seed Starter Potting Mix

Description: Get your plants off to a healthy start. Root Zone® Seed Starter Potting Mix is ideal for sprouting seeds and transplanting cuttings. It promotes germination of seeds and helps plants become established as quickly as possible. Excellent for use in seed start flats and containers. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Dr. Earth…

Total Advantage® Rose & Flower Planting Mix

Description: Total Advantage® Rose and Flower Planting Mix promotes blooms in all flowering plants: roses, trees, shrubs, annuals. Total Advantage® is great for many projects in the garden. It can be used as an amendment for planting trees, shrubs, bare root planting, flowers & vegetables. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Dr. Earth…

Mother Land® All Purpose Planting Mix

Description: Mother Land® All Purpose Planting Mix creates the perfect soil conditions to promote plant health and vigor in all outdoor planting applications. Mother Land® is great for many projects in the garden. It's the perfect mix for large outdoor containers, use as an amendment for planting trees, shrubs, bare root planting, flowers & vegetables. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought…

Natural Wonder® Fruit Tree Planting Mix

Description: Natural Wonder® Fruit Tree Planting Mix creates the perfect soil conditions to promote plant health and abundant fruit production. Natural Wonder® is great for many projects in the garden. It can also be used as an amendment for planting ornamental trees, shrubs & bare root planting. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance.…

Natural Choice® All Purpose Compost

Description: Natural Choice® All Purpose Compost creates the perfect soil conditions to promote plant health and optimum growth. Natural Choice® All Purpose Compost can be used for many projects in the garden: amendment for planting trees, shrubs, bare root planting, flowers, vegetables & over seeding lawns. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Dr.…

Home Grown® Vegetable Garden Planting Mix

Description: Home Grown® Vegetable Garden Planting Mix creates the perfect soil conditions to promote plant health and abundant vegetables and herbs. Home Grown® can be used for many projects in the garden: amendment for planting trees, shrubs, bare root planting & flowers. 100% organic - no synthetic ingredients or GMO infested chicken manure. Contains TruBiotic® beneficial soil microbes plus mycorrhizae. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down and then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed, contributing to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability and increased plant performance. Dr. Earth converts over 720,000 tons…

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Gardening Basics

To succeed at gardening, you must understand your natural surroundings. Learn the usual dates of the first hard frost and the springtime thaw in your area. What you can plant and harvest depends on when your specific planting and growing season begins and ends and how long it lasts. Also, you must know where the sun rises and sets in relation to your planting beds. For example, you need to know how many hours of direct sunlight your plants can receive and where the shadows, if any, fall in the afternoon. Next, you must attune yourself to the annual and…

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All Life begins in the Soil

"He who owns land possesses the greatest potential to live the longest life, for he has the ability to grow his own food and determine the ultimate control of his health, thus, his destiny." -Milo By: Milo Shammas, Founder & Formulator I remind myself every day that we are all going to die at some point, which is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking I have something to lose. I came into this world naked and I am leaving naked. There is no reason not to follow my heart and do what’s right because it’s…

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Living Feed

General Brand Questions Are your products considered people and pet safe? All of our products are people & pet safe when used as directed. We use no synthetic chemicals. Our products are made of premium organic whole food, so make sure when applying dry fertilizer to scratch it into the soil and water it in well to prevent your pet from being attracted to it. For liquids, we recommend keeping your pet away when applying, then let the application dry before letting your dog or child onto the treated area. Just like vitamins, our products are safe, but too much of a…

What’s Inside Counts

Not all Organics are Created Equal. By: Melody Funk From the dark ages of organic gardening and up to this very day, chicken manure has been a mainstay nutrient source for plants. A quick-acting source of nitrogen, it provides fast results but dissipates quickly – requiring frequent applications to support optimal plant growth. Valued by manufacturers of fertilizers and soils because of its low cost and easy availability, it is the main nutrient source in most organic fertilizers on the market today. Because of the prevalence of chicken manure in organic fertilizers and soils - coupled with the common perception…

Safe Gardening Practices

Dr. Earth stands by the statement on our packaging: “People and Pet Safe—When Used As Directed”. Dr. Earth products are people and pet safe when used for gardening. If a pet or child comes into contact with a Dr. Earth product it is far safer than chemically-based alternatives. However, Dr. Earth fertilizers, soils, pest controls and weed killers are not meant to be ingested or sprayed on either people or pets. The ingredients are people and pet safe when used as directed, but they are not meant to be consumed. SAFE GARDENING PRACTICES: Store Dr. Earth products out of the…

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Global Recycling

By: Milo Shammas Founder & Formulator Our Daily Choices Matter Over the past several decades, there has been a huge paradigm shift in the way most people view trash: both in the ways it is disposed of and in the ways it can be reused and recycled. The now commonplace daily practice of recycling a plastic water bottle makes a huge difference when viewed on a global level. Every action each of us takes quickly adds up exponentially, resulting in a massive positive impact on the planet. Despite our advances, we still have a long way to go – in…

Performance Report

  Field Trial and Efficacy Report Performance of Dr. Earth®, Organic 7TM All Purpose Fertilizer By: Milo Shammas, Founder & Formulator OBJECTIVE: The objective of this field trial was to compare growth performance of Dr. Earth® Organic 7™ All Purpose Fertilizer with other commercially available, natural/organic all-purpose fertilizers during the spring and summer growing seasons. Performance was interpreted by measuring: • Plant color • Yield (by weight) of harvested fruit. LOCATION: The growth trials were conducted in Vacaville, California on agricultural land that had been fallow for three years. The soil was a sandy-loam soil. Soil samples from the top…

Ethical & Fair Trade Organics

If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want. -Elbert Hubbard   By: Milo Shammas, Founder & Formulator Organic gardening gives me the comfort of knowing I have adopted a healthy lifestyle on a journey towards a long and healthy life. The true organic gardener becomes familiar with the soil, plants and animals, getting close to the environment. He is also inquisitive and pays attention to detail. Nothing gets by him, as he has a keen eye for…

Health Starts In The Soil

"He who owns land possesses the greatest potential to live the longest life, for he has the ability to grow his own food and determine the ultimate control of his health, thus, his destiny." -Milo By: Milo Shammas, Founder & Formulator I remind myself every day that we are all going to die at some point, which is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking I have something to lose. I came into this world naked and I am leaving naked. There is no reason not to follow my heart and do what’s right because it’s…

Our Certifications

Our Commitment to our Customers. CDFA OIM Advanced Organic: This is a very prestigious and rigorous certification to achieve. It serves the organic farming community perfectly to further ensure the foods in our supermarkets are “organic” as promised. We have worked very hard with Dr. Dale Woods and his committed staff to meet their needs to earn our OIM advanced organic standings. OMRI Advanced Organic: A gold standard for organic products since 1997. OMRI serves both product manufacturers as well as the organic farming community and we are proud to develop a synergetic working relationship with CEO Peggy Miars and…

CDFA OIM Advanced Organic

This is a very prestigious and rigorous certification to achieve. It serves the organic farming community perfectly to further ensure the foods in our supermarkets are “organic” as promised. We have worked very hard with Dr. Dale Woods and his committed staff to meet their needs to earn our OIM certified advanced standings.

Non-GMO Products

"Not one man in a thousand has accuracy of eye and judgment sufficient to become an eminent breeder. If gifted with these qualities, and he studies his subject for years, and devotes his lifetime to it with indomitable perseverance, he will succeed and will make great improvements; if he wants any of these qualities, he will assuredly fail." - Charles Darwin By: Milo Shammas, Founder & Formulator A genetically modified organism (GMO) has had its DNA decoded and manipulated to create something different than what has developed naturally. The technique used is called genetic engineering or recombinant DNA technology. Creating…

OMRI Advanced Organic

A gold standard for organic products since 1997. OMRI serves both product manufacturers as well as the organic farming community and we are proud to develop a synergetic working relationship with CEO Peggy Miars and her talented and devoted OMRI staff. For a listing of Dr. Earth OMRI Certificates https://www.omri.org/ubersearch/results/dr%20earth  

Organic Gardening with Peace of Mind

Not all Organics are Created Equal. From the dark ages of organic gardening and up to this very day, chicken manure has been a mainstay nutrient source for plants. A quick-acting source of nitrogen, it provides fast results but dissipates quickly – requiring frequent applications to support optimal plant growth. Valued by manufacturers of fertilizers and soils because of its low cost and easy availability, it is the main nutrient source in most organic fertilizers on the market today. Because of the prevalence of chicken manure in organic fertilizers and soils - coupled with the common perception of the very…

Dr. Earth RAW

How are raw superfoods and non-transformed ingredients superior? It is widely known that heating ingredients to high temperatures modifies their molecular composition. Moreover, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids are either destroyed or altered by cooking to stabilize them. The oils, fats, proteins, and other exotic superfoods are adultered in industrial manufacturing as they are cooked at very high temperatures. This process makes the good lipids rancid and lack the purity and strength of pure raw ingredients. Raw ingredients allow for a better assimilation in the ProBiotics digestive system. Moreover, when we look at both animal and vegetable ingredients, it…

Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy You

Everything in every cell of your body was once a biological or elemental part of your environment, originating in the soil, air, and water. You came from the earth. Like all living things, your life is supported by the earth, and one day your physical body will return to the earth. While you are alive, the food you eat is inextricably linked to soil particles that existed millions of years ago, part of a food chain that was here before mankind even appeared on the scene. We must eat to live, but for some, eating amounts to nothing more than…

Gardening Basics #1: Know your own local environment

To succeed at gardening, you must understand your natural surroundings. Learn the usual dates of the first hard frost and the springtime thaw in your area. What you can plant and harvest depends on when your specific planting and growing season begins and ends and how long it lasts. Also, you must know where the sun rises and sets in relation to your planting beds. For example, you need to know how many hours of direct sunlight your plants can receive and where the shadows, if any, fall in the afternoon. Next, you must attune yourself to the annual and…
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Gardening Basics #2: Microclimates

Your garden is likely to have small yet important microclimates. Shadows can cause a cold pocket, and a hard surface facing the sun can reflect too much heat. These areas will not only change daily but also with the seasons. Summer might be too hot for lettuce but great for tomatoes. Anticipate these changes when you decide where to grow your garden. You may have at least four different microclimates around your home: A hot side facing south A shadowed, cool side on the north A warm western side with afternoon sun An ever-changing eastern side that may be warm…

Gardening Basics #3: Plant Zones – What To Grow Where

Your geographic climate zone will determine which plants can thrive in your garden. The USDA publishes the most commonly used hardiness zone map, which divides the continental U.S. into 11 zones derived from the average annual minimum temperatures. You can find a copy of this map online, at a local library or university, or in gardening books. Another good zone map comes from the editors of Sunset Magazine. They divided the United States and southern Canada into 45 climate zones, considering many variables such as area temperature extremes, humidity, rainfall, local topography, elevation, and even proximity to large bodies of…
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Gardening Basics #4: Sun and Shade—a defining factor

Plants that produce fruits require plenty of sun. Allow at least six hours daily for tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, beans, corn, eggplant, summer squash and cabbage. In general, the bigger the fruit, the more sunlight it must have. On the other hand, many vegetables and herbs do well in shaded areas, needing only about four hours of sun per day. Try carrots, beets, chard, cauliflower, chives, lettuce, chicories, radicchio, arugula, basil, mint, parsley, spinach or winter squash in these shadier areas. For leafy green vegetables, less sunlight is fine. Gardening Basics is a nine part series outlining how you can…
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Gardening Basics #5: Drainage

Sandy soils drain too quickly and clay soils too slowly. Adding organic materials helps to correct and balance both types of soil. If you have a good balance between sand, silt, clay and organic materials, you have a solid foundation for good drainage as well as moisture retention in the space between soil particles. When you improve your soil’s drainage, you reduce the level of fungal pathogens. You also improve root development and nutrient availability in a healthy aerobic environment. Do a simple test to see how your soil drains and whether you need to make changes to correct your…

Gardening Basics #6: Advantages of Growing In Raised Beds

Raised beds make it easier to plant and harvest crops and can be attractive. They also give you control over the composition of the soil. Your home’s previous owners might have contaminated the soil without you knowing it. Adding new soil to a raised bed assures you of its safety. Growing in raised beds makes projects seem more manageable, since tackling your weeding or other chores one bed at a time feels doable and satisfying. There is less back strain and better air circulation, because you don’t walk on the soil and compact it. Also, that loose, fluffy soil is…
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Gardening Basics #7: Container Gardening

Perhaps you live in an apartment, have limited space in your yard, or just don’t want to have a full-scale garden. By growing in containers, you can have an abundance of fresh vegetables and herbs just steps from the kitchen. These plants can be attractive and will enhance your patio, deck, or balcony. Nothing tastes better or is more nutritious or flavorful than fruits, vegetables, or herbs harvested minutes before eating. Paying attention to a few important rules and investing only a little time will assure you of a container garden that will be easy to set up and maintain…

Gardening Basics #8: Watering

Most plants are 90 percent water, 60 percent of which is delivered from the soil to the plant through plant root hairs. To keep your plants healthy and thriving you must have a good soil with plenty of organic matter to act like a sponge and allow the almost microscopic roots to travel through porous, well-draining soil. The best way to tell when and how much water your plant needs (whether in the ground or a container) is to feel the soil. Probe your finger about an inch or two and feel if it is dry or moist to the…

Gardening Basics #9: Making A Plan

Before a contractor can build a home, the architect must provide a plan, a blueprint that clearly shows how the house looks and functions. The same is true when creating and designing a garden of any size. You must know how to put it together. Some questions to consider are: Will you start from seeds or transplants? In-ground or raised beds? Sprinkler system or hand irrigation? Fruits, vegetables, or both? How will the elements of your garden work together? What are the sun requirements for your plants? Where will the same plant go next year? (Rotate crops each year to…

The Future Of Organic Has Arrived

The story goes like this Full of good intentions and visions of a beautiful yard and garden, we all share that same “start-of-the season” enthusiasm and conviction, just like those people who buy gym memberships in January, promising themselves they will lose weight and get in shape. In either case, success comes only to those who create a workable plan and stick to it. That can sometimes feel like the hardest thing in the world! Who wants to think about being so organized? We just want the instant gratification of transplanting a few small plants with color and some vegetables…

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Pet Safe Garden

  Animal health begins in the soil, healthy soil provides nutrients to grow healthy plants, and healthy plants are then consumed by animals. Your garden is the center of nourishment for your entire family, including your pets. When growing your fruits and vegetables keep in mind that much of the harvest should be designated for your pets. You should grow enough produce to feed both your family and your pets. Many gardeners design a garden with pet safety in mind. Your garden can have many purposes, to provide you with nutrients, and a natural environment to enjoy for both you…

Harvesting and Storing

  Most organic gardeners make excellent resolutions about producing much of the family's food. We plan extensive canning and freezing sessions to regularly use up the ever-mounting harvests that we intend to take from the garden. But the reality is that we are usually so busy with other things that the resolution falls apart. Although the arts of canning, making chutney, or even drying foods are mysteries to many of us, once mastered, they provide a surprisingly satisfying and easy way to fill a sizable pantry with the finest quality foods, for use in the winter months. Preparing food for…

Multiplying Your Plants

  Plants grown from seed, cuttings, or division are a good way of inexpensively increasing the number or plants in your garden. I have done this for years and saved a lot of money, a few tricks will help you too! Growing From Seeds This is much less expensive and can be more fun than buying cuttings or mature plants. Annuals like poppies and nasturtiums can be raised easily from seed and will often self-seed once established. Just make sure you get them from a good source. I trust my local independent nursery for guidance and directions. The simplest method…

Kids’ Secret Gardens

  To kids, young and old, a garden is a big world filled with possibilities. Even the simplest garden can be a place of mystery and excitement, but gardens can offer so much more. The best ones are filled with special places—sunny spots, trellises dripping with sweet raspberries and crisp sugary peas, pumpkin vines rampaging on fences, clumps of milky corn on the cob to be gathered and nibbled, each small kernel popping creamy sweetness, vast pools of nasturtiums with nectar to be sucked, snapdragons to be snapped, ants to watch for hours, clouds to see strange worlds in, jungles…

Teaching Kids to Garden

MY PERSONAL STORY My mother was my gardening teacher from the time I was five years old. She would build my enthusiasm before she took me out to the garden to help dig a hole or help with a little weeding. My mom knew that I was kid with a short attention span, so she would only push me as hard as she knew I would enjoy. She put me in charge—or at least, I thought I was in charge—of amending the soil. I remember she would have soil bags next to the vegetable plot every year. It was my…

Giant Pumpkins

  Giant Pumpkin Secret Growing Instructions and Tips Selecting a Planting Site Select a sunny place in your garden. Giant pumpkins thrive best in strong sunshine. The larger the area, the better (500-1000 sq. ft.), but smaller areas have been successfully planted too. An area that receives eight to twelve hours of sunlight per day is ideal. Preparing the Soil and Mound 1.) The best pumpkins come from the best-prepared soil. Dig a hole, 40''-48'' deep, 3'-5' in diameter, and mix the soil well with 6-8 bags (8-12 cubic feet) of soil amendments such as Dr. Earth® Planting Mix. More…

Growing Organic Avocados

  Avocado trees are attractive, broad-leaved evergreens. The yellow-green flesh of the fruits is rich in oil and protein. They are easy to grow outdoors in most of California, Florida, and Texas. They also make attractive houseplants but will not bear fruit indoors. Selecting Trees Avocado trees mature to a height of 15 to 45 feet and are as wide as they are high, so give them plenty of space. Mexican types have dark, rough skins and are hardy to about 22° F. Guatemalan and West Indian hybrids have smooth, green skins and are less hardy. Not all cultivars are…

Growing Organic Apricots

  Growing organic apricots can be a little bit challenging, but the sweet, aromatic fruit makes it well worth your effort. This juicy and naturally sweet fruit is one of my favorites to eat right off of the tree. Selecting Trees Doing a little research ahead of time, can help you to choose the tree best suited for your climate and will provide the best chance for success. Some apricots are self-fruiting; others need a second tree for cross-pollination. While winter-hardy, if you chose a variety that blooms too early for your climate you may lose its crop due to…

Growing Organic Apples

  Biting into a crisp apple picked fresh from your own tree is so rewarding and full of nutrition. You may never taste anything quite so delicious. Growing apples organically is easy if you follow a few basic rules. Once you have grown a successful crop, tasted the fruit of your labor, you will never want to bite into a store bought apple again. Selecting Trees Since apple trees take at least several years to bear fruit, it pays to select trees carefully before you invest time and energy in them. Consider these factors: Apple trees come in wide range…

Growing Organic Citrus

  Every home should have at least one citrus tree in the garden, where suited to the climate, to provide delicious fruits packed with vitamin C. Few things beat a freshly picked juicy tangerine just off the tree, or squeezing a little fresh lemon juice on your organic salad. Citrus trees have shiny evergreen leaves, fragrant flowers, and attractive fruits that hang for months without dropping. In northern climates, you can grow dwarf citrus trees in containers and bring them indoors during the winter. Selecting Trees There are so many types of citrus that you may have trouble deciding which…

Growing Organic Roses

  Few flowers can compete with the elegance and beauty of roses. Throughout history, and throughout the world, roses have been associated with beautifully maintained estate gardens. The good news is that you don’t have to be born rich, or own a large estate, to be able to enjoy a gorgeous rose garden. All you have to do is go to your local independent garden center to find a wide variety of roses you can plant at home and then learn the basic principles. When you grow your roses organically, they are free of pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals that…

Growing Organic Herbs

  Outside of my kitchen I have four wine barrels full of herbs. Just about every night, I harvest a variety of herbs and mix them into my salad, something I love to do. I grow mint, mustard greens, basil, thyme, rosemary, parsley, coriander, and several other types of herbs that are stunning in color and taste. Nothing dresses up a plate of food like fresh picked herbs; they add excitement to flavor and presentation. Where Do I Start? Starting with a good idea of what you like to eat will help to simplify the choices and make your job…

Planting Trees & Shrubs

Select a site with good drainage and the proper sun exposure. If water stands, or the soil is often soggy, a raised planter may be preferable. Dig a hole twice as wide as the root structure, and almost as deep as the root ball. Create a soil blend by mixing one part your soil with one part Dr. Earth® Planting Mix along with Dr. Earth® Starter Fertilizer according to product directions. Remove container and carefully score and loosen the sides and the bottom of the root ball. Plant so that the top of the root ball rests one inch above…

Repotting and Transplanting

  My many years of experience have proven that repotting plants increases health potential and overall plant growth. There is nothing complicated about moving or repotting plants unless they are enormous. A large tree, for example, will require professional help, but the principles are still the same. Potting Plants The health of a potted plant will start to deteriorate if it has out-grown its container. Roots trailing from the bottom of the pot, leaf drop, and depleted soil are signs that the plant needs repotting. One or two pot sizes larger will usually be sufficient. Don't be too eager to…

Gardening Basics

  Enriching the Soil In nature, dead or rotting vegetation, animal manure, and decaying animal remains provide adequate nutrition for the soil. As man removes the crops or gardens he grows, he must replenish the soil with organic material to maintain a healthy and productive soil. It's a simple concept. You must replace what you take out. Digging Despite the activity of earthworms, burrowing animals, and penetrating plant roots, untended soil is still relatively hard and compacted. We can improve the texture by digging, or turning over the soil, to allow oxygen and water into the soil. Seeding In nature,…

Digging the Garden

  You dig the soil for three reasons: first, to improve aeration; second, to improve structure; third, to incorporate organic matter and fertilizers that add nutrients to the soil. Gardens that have been badly neglected will need to be cleared before they can be dug. Normally, on a very overgrown plot, a trimmer will be needed to cut down the vegetation or, if you have the energy, a cultivator can be used. Compost or recycle all the perennial weeds, making sure that all weed seeds are far from the garden. Then, dig the plot. Generally, you must turn the soil…

Preparing a Seed Bed

  Seeds need plenty of air in the soil if they are to germinate successfully. Soil in which seeds are to be sown directly has to be much finer in texture than normal garden soil. All stones, bits of twigs and clods of soil should be broken down and then raked over the soil. Leave the seedbed for a month before sowing. Then rake again. Water well before and after sowing, using the shower setting on your hose. All of these steps will help to ensure a good start. Starting From Seed Start with good quality seeds you can trust.…

Planting in Containers

  Choosing a Container It is important to choose a container that is big enough to accommodate the plant's future growth. Next, check that the container has sufficient drain holes. Good drainage is very important! Transplanting Fill the container with Dr. Earth® Potting Soil until it is filled to a level that allows the base of the plant to sit one inch below the top of the container. Add Dr. Earth® Organic 2™ Starter Fertilizer according to the package directions. Holding the plant in the desired position, continue to fill in around the roots with potting soil and fertilizer mixture…

Soil Structure

  It is well worth knowing a bit about soil's actual composition. Correct analysis of the soil is one of the key elements in the success of growing certain types of plants. The kind of soil you have in your garden—along with other factors such as climate and rainfall—determine which particular plants you can grow. Since the soil is made up of mineral particles to which organic matter has been added, the nature of a particular soil depends on the nature of the underlying rock. If you live in a river valley—where particles have been ground down to form silt…

Natural Lawn Care

  The way to a lush green lawn begins with an understanding of how lawns grow and a respect for the needs of the grass plants. Misunderstanding and mistakes abound, especially in the areas of mowing, watering, and fertilizing. Let’s take a look at these aspects of lawn care. Mowing How high or low you set the mower blade is based on the needs of the grass plants at the time, and that can change with the seasons. But one of the biggest mistakes people make is setting the blades too low. Their theory is that by cutting the grass…

Home Grown Tomatoes

  I have never tasted an organically grown tomato that was not delicious. In fact, every home grown organic tomato I have ever tasted has been more delicious than any tomato I have ever bought at the supermarket. Tomatoes are fun and easy to grow once you know the basic growing requirements: sun, water, trellising, good soil, and feeding. Sun Most tomatoes require full sunlight for maximum growth and fruit size, although there are varieties that can tolerate less sunlight than others and still remain very productive. Check with your local nursery professional for those varieties if sunlight is limited…

Compost Tea

Soil Drench Apply tea directly to the soil. Note: Expect to see solid material at the bottom of the bucket. Do not throw this solid material away. Spread these solids as nutrient-rich mulch around any plant in the garden. That's it! Tea is fun in the sun! Sit back and watch your plants grow. PROBIOTIC™ Dr. Earth Organic Fertilizer Tea For a rich tea made from Dr. Earth's® Organic Fertilizer, mix 2 pounds, or 5 cups of fertilizer for every 5 gallons of water. Let the mixture set for 24 hours. Strain well and mulch all the solids around the…

Container Vegetables

  Container Vegetable Gardens A 4 foot by 8 foot balcony is all you need to grow enough organic vegetables to satisfy your hungry appetite. When space is limited in your garden, or if you live in an apartment or just do not want to invest time in a full-scale vegetable garden, you can still enjoy homegrown vegetables within reach of your kitchen. Growing organic vegetables in containers is rewarding and easy. Just pay close attention to a few important rules and you can invest minimal amounts of time to harvest an abundance of organic vegetables. The tips in this…

Clean Water, Clean Lakes

  The Connection Between Fertilizer and Water Quality Water quality starts at home Clean water in our lakes, reservoirs and streams starts at home with basic practices you can incorporate into your lawn and garden care program. There is a pipeline from your garden to a body of water. Regardless of where you live, you are a part of a watershed —a region where water flows across or under on its way to a lake, river, stream or ocean. Year-round lawn and garden care practices impact water quality even if you don't live near a body of water. The problem:…

Planting with Nature

  If your soil presents specific problems with its structure—for example, being very wet or very dry—rather than expend great quantities of energy trying to bring it closer to the norm, you can always copy nature, and grow those plants that will thrive naturally in such conditions. For instance, if you have an area of land in your garden that has poor drainage, often caused by heavy clay soil, you have the ideal conditions in which to create a bog garden. The virtues of a bog garden are that the plants that thrive there are usually large and lush with…

Diversity is Key to Abundance

  In the natural world, diversity is the perfect model for sustainable ecosystems. Diversity is a major factor in preventing pest and disease build-up because of the way in which organisms interact. When any one species becomes dominant in an area, its predators will move in to take advantage of the bounty. Eventually, they will reduce the numbers of the dominant species, restoring the balance of Nature. In the past, farmers relied on natural methods of farming because chemicals were not available to them. Now, it is possible to grow crops as monocultures, because the use of pesticides has given…

The Organic Revolution

There are proven methods that farmers can use worldwide to sustain profits, address hunger and malnutrition, and renew ecological health. To feed the world in the most effective manner, a vast movement of scientists, development experts, farming associations and environmentalists is calling for a new emphasis on sustainable agriculture. This is an extreme opposite from current practices. ''The Green Movement” New research shows that the latest ecological approaches to organic agriculture offer affordable, readily usable ways to increase yields and access to nutritional foods in Third World countries. The organic method, applied to agriculture, can feed the world and may…

The Organic Method

  There is nothing mysterious or magical about organic gardening. It is simply a way of working with nature rather than against it. The objective is to recycle organic matter back into the soil, to maintain soil structure and fertility, and to encourage natural methods of pest and disease control, rather than relying on chemicals. It is, in fact, a lot less mysterious than the methods employed by the chemical grower. Organic gardening is much more than just growing plants without chemical fertilizers and artificial sprays. It is a lifestyle. It recognizes that that the complex workings of nature have…

The Living Soil

  Some 450 million years ago, plants first spread out over the land. As slow colonization progressed, an interaction began between the underlying rock and the remains of plants. Soil, in all its various forms, was gradually being produced and eventually became the land form upon which all life on Earth ultimately depends. The ability of animals to move allows them freedom to choose favorable habitats, even under changing conditions. A plant, on the other hand, is usually in one place for life, its root system hidden, and its destiny dependent on the soil for anchorage, nutrients and moisture. Plants…

Homegrown Medicine

By Milo Lou Shammas, Founder and Formulator The healing power of herbs Mankind’s history of using herbal medicines far predates modern medical doctors. For thousands of years, the use of herbs for healing was common practice. Asians were the best documenters of herbal medicine. Throughout history, populations from the Near East (Lebanese and Phoenicians) to the Far East (Chinese) have used herbs for healing and health maintenance. The experiences of billions of people across the Earth, over centuries, provide better proof of the efficacy of herbs than clinical studies involving a few thousands ever could. Even today, herbal healing is…

Farm to Fork

  ''The nutrition that your fruits and vegetables provide you is only as good as the nutrition you provide your soil.'' I said this publically on July 17, 1992, at a community garden in Los Angeles. This statement is more important today than it was then, and it will be even more important in another 20 years. You are what you eat Our politicians and leaders of the agribusiness and food industries assure us that the American food supply is the highest quality and the most nutritious in the world, that we Americans enjoy the greatest food choices, and that…

Botany 101

  Over the years, I have had the pleasure of introducing countless numbers of people to plant science. My desire to relate the wonders of plant biology, and its relationship to our daily lives, inspired me to write this article. The science of botany is divided into various disciplines, each having its specialties. Among them, cytology (Greek: kytos, meaning “container”) is the detailed study of cells. Study of the form and structure of plants is the work of morphologists (Greek: morphe, meaning “form”). Most gardeners are more familiar with morphology than with cytology. Basic understanding of how plants function makes…

Parsnips

Health PowerBenefits are similar to potatoes. The main difference: parsnips have more fiber and folate but less vitamin C per weight. (Still a great source, with half the RDA of C in one parsnip.) With more dietary fiber, parsnips better support digestion. They help everything flow smoothly, get rid of excess cholesterol and regulate blood sugar. Folate is known to lower homocysteine in the blood, preventing plaque buildup that harms blood vessel structure. Pregnant women need folate to promote healthy fetal nerve development. Also a good source of vitamin K, which helps develop a dense bone matrix. Parsnips have some…

Peaches

Health PowerPeaches are an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that stabilizes free radicals associated with cancer and other diseases. It also aids proper vision in low light. Vitamin C is famous for its many benefits: healing cuts and abrasions, building connective tissue for muscles and bones, protecting immune system, preventing bruising and helping build new red blood cells. Peaches also contain other vitamins and minerals, including fiber, that aid in proper digestion and help enhance skin color. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – A, B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B6 (Pyridoxine), C, B3 (Niacin),…

Pears

Health PowerPears give a solid defense against damaging free radicals and are a great source of dietary fiber. Vitamin C and copper help keep highly reactive free radicals from causing oxidative damage to cells all over the body. Vitamin C is water-soluble and defends almost the entire body except areas of fat. It stops free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol into a sticky form that leads to plaque buildup in blood vessels. It also protects white blood cells while they fight off infection and reactivates antioxidant vitamin E. Because vitamin E is fat soluble, by activating it vitamin C helps disarm…

Peas

Health PowerGreen peas promote overall health with seven vitamins, eight minerals and other phytonutrients. Vitamin K, crucial for bone health, is most abundant in peas. Some of it converts to vitamin K2 and is part of bone mineralization. Deficiency in K2 hinders mineralization and makes osteoporosis more likely. Incompletely researched, folate and vitamin B6 may contribute to bone health by blocking the buildup of homocysteine, a molecule that interrupts proper bone matrix formation. Vitamin K and folate also help the cardiovascular system. Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting, while folate and vitamin B6 lower homocysteine, which may reduce damage…

Peppers

Health Power All peppers are a great source of vitamins A and C, which eliminate cell-damaging free radicals. Vitamin A also counters the effects of cigarette smoke, which may help prevent lung conditions such as emphysema. Bell peppers have the B vitamins folate and pyridoxine. Both decrease homocysteine in the blood, blocking the start of a process linked with higher cholesterol and risk of heart attack or stroke. Fiber in bell peppers helps maintain healthy heart function by lowering harmful cholesterol. Bell peppers also have a carotenoid lycopene and beta-cryptoxanthin, all linked to lower risk of many cancers when eaten…

Parsley

Health PowerIn addition to great plate décor, parsley has excellent potential health benefits. It contains volatile oils such as limonene, myristicin and eugenol and beneficial flavonoids like apiin, apigenin and luteolin. The volatile oils act as anti-carcinogens (in animal studies) and may act similarly in humans. Myristicin activates an enzyme that attaches glutathione to highly reactive molecules (some are carcinogens) neutralizing them. The flavonoids have antioxidant properties and help neutralize oxygen-containing free radicals, preventing them from damaging cellular components (membranes, DNA, enzymes, etc.). Parsley is a great source of vitamins K, C and A. Vitamin K helps maintain a healthy…

Oregano

Health PowerContains the potent volatile oils thymol and carvacrol, known to have antibacterial action stronger than some prescriptions. Thymol and rosmarinic acid are effective antioxidants, helping to eliminate cell-damaging free radicals. Oregano is also a great source of some minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin K. This often-overlooked vitamin may help promote heart health by helping to keep calcium from forming plaque in arteries. It also promotes bone health and blood clotting. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – K, A and C Minerals – Manganese, Iron and Calcium Disease Prevention The high fiber in oregano makes it a good way to…

Oranges & Tangerines

Health PowerBesides high vitamin C, oranges contain flavanoids under the sub-category flavanones. The flavanone herperidin, in animal studies, has shown it can lower blood pressure, cholesterol and inflammation. This flavanone and others are found mostly in the peel and pulp of the orange rather than the juice. Thus, you can be less meticulous about removing all the peel before eating. Vitamin C is vital in protecting cells in the immune system and disarming aqueous free radicals that cause cell damage (potentially carcinogenic DNA mutations). Compounds known as limonoids remain active for extended periods. Along with folate, potassium, fiber and many…

Persimmons

Health PowerPersimmons are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, dietary fiber and manganese. Vitamins A and C help strengthen the immune system, maintain healthy vision and defend the body against harmful free radicals. Some notable antioxidant properties help reduce inflammation, prevent plaque buildup in blood vessels and maintain the elasticity of the inner lining of organs that have epithelial cells. Their excellent fiber promotes digestive efficiency and helps prevent the buildup of bad (LDL) cholesterol. They are also noted for their tannins, proanthocyanidins and other phytonutrients including beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, catechins, gallocatechins, betulinic acid and shibuol.…

Onions

Health PowerOnions have a dense collection of phytonutrients that give many health benefits. These include powerful sulfur-containing molecules like allyl propyl disulfide and a multitude of flavonoids including quercetin. Eating onions can help increase efficient processing of free-floating glucose in the body. Allyl propyl raises free-floating insulin in the blood by preventing it from becoming inactivated in the liver. Chromium also decreases blood sugar by making cells more responsive to insulin, resulting in cellular glucose uptake. Onions are also heart healthy by reducing the amount of cholesterol and homocysteine in the blood, both linked to heart problems. Quercetin is an…

Olives

Health PowerOlives are a great source of the fat-soluble antioxidant vitamin E, which helps protect fat-based areas of the body. They also have monounsaturated fats, which resist oxidative damage by free radicals much better than polyunsaturated fats. Olives also contain proactive phytonutrients including polyphenols and flavonoids, both having antioxidant and anti-inflammatory roles. They help protect cells from free radical damage that could lead to heart disease or colon cancer. The anti-inflammatory properties may also reduce pain or recovery time for “red and sore” conditions. Olives have iron and dietary fiber, too. The iron helps hemoglobin in the blood bind oxygen…

Pistachio Nut

Health PowerPistachios are packed with great overall nutrition including phytosterols, polyphenols, other antioxidants (some carotenoids), vitamins, minerals and fiber. They are one of the best nuts to get all of these nutrients, especially since they are low-fat. What they do have is “good fat,” the unsaturated fats (mono- and polyunsaturated). The nutrients in pistachios make them a heart-smart snack. They are rich in the amino acid arginine, which in moderate concentrations can help relax blood vessels. The vitamins B6, B12 and folate reduce elevated levels of homocysteine, known to damage blood vessels when too high. The nut’s potassium helps bring…

Okra

Health PowerOkra is a powerful source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. The soluble fiber, in the forms of gums and pectins, lowers total cholesterol, mainly LDL (the bad form). It also helps regulate digestion, which moderates spikes in blood sugar levels. Soluble fiber puts less stress on insulin producing cells and could help prevent Type II diabetes. Insoluble fibers in okra help maintain intestinal health. They bind to wastes (some of which are toxic or contain cholesterol), absorb water and keep things flowing smoothly in the intestines. They also delay absorption of glucose and promote colon health by balancing…

Nectarines

Health PowerNectarines have high content of carotenoids and flavonoids, including phytonutrients lutein and lycopene, both supporters of healthy vision, heart health and the fight against carcinogens. Vitamins C and A also support immune system response to unwanted bacteria, viruses and fungi. Vitamins E and A help protect skin from UV or free radical damage and helps maintain elasticity in the inner lining of blood vessels. Nectarines give a good dose of dietary fiber, which works to promote healthy digestion and nutrient absorption from food and drink. Fiber helps balance cholesterol levels and prevents buildup of bad cholesterol. Very low in…

Plums

Health PowerPlums are known for a unique group of phytonutrient phenols called neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid. These phenols help prevent oxidative damage to fats all over the body. They also disarm the free radical superoxide, which is highly reactive and can cause major damage to cells all over the body. Plums increase the absorption of iron, the mineral needed to form hemoglobin, which transports oxygen to every cell. Plums offer a nice dose of dietary fiber to promote healthy digestion. They are also a good source of vitamins A and B2, which contribute to vision, blood vessel health and metabolism…

Mustard

Health PowerMustard greens are loaded with vitamin K, which increases bone formation and decreases its breakdown (osteoclastic processes). Especially helpful for postmenopausal women. Magnesium also an important cofactor for many enzymes, some involved with bone and cartilage building. (Others keep smooth muscles relaxed, which helps asthmatics.) With some calcium, mustard greens are good for bones. Great source of vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C. Besides being a protective antioxidant, vitamin A helps maintain healthy eyesight in low light, embryonic development and immune system function by helping develop and activate red and white blood cells. Vitamin A also…

Mint (peppermint)

Health PowerMany varieties of mint, all with similar health benefits. Peppermint adds little in vitamins and minerals, but phytonutrients give excellent remedies. Peppermint oil has phytonutrients that help relax smooth muscles (the muscles lining internal organs and blood vessels), which help control symptoms of dyspepsia or indigestion. Also inhibits growth of many common harmful bacteria and fungi. Research suggests the phytonutrient perillyl alcohol can stop the growth of many types of cancers. Peppermint contains phytonutrient rosmarinic acid, an antioxidant. It also blocks some chemicals of inflammatory response. Eaten in high quantities, mint is a rich source of all nutrients below…

Pomegranate

Health PowerPomegranates have many vital vitamins and minerals. They also contain polyphenols, tannins, anthocyanins and ellagic acid, all highly beneficial phytonutrients that lower the risk of many diseases. All act as antioxidants, helping disarm damaging free radicals as they form. Most valuable, these phytonutrients might inhibit the initiation/growth of cancer cells. They also help the immune system with antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Pomegranates also help thin the blood, increasing blood flow, oxygen delivery to tissues and exchange of compounds to and from organs. Thinning blood and donating antioxidants prevents cholesterol from being converted into a sticky form that begins…

Melons (Cantaloupe & Honeydew)

Health PowerCantaloupe is rich in vitamins A, C and beta-carotene. (More than 100 percent of RDA in one cup.) Vitamin A and beta-carotene essential to maintain healthy vision. Vitamin C protects circulatory and immune systems from cell-damaging free radicals and stimulates white blood cells to fight infection. (Honeydew has much less of the vitamins but similar amounts of the others.) Also contains folate, important in producing and maintaining new cells, especially during pregnancy or when healing a severe wound. Cantaloupe helps with energy by controlling metabolism of carbohydrates. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3…

Majoram

Health PowerSee Oregano for vitamin, mineral and fiber health benefits. Main difference between marjoram and oregano is in their essential oils, although the effects of the oils overlap. The chemical compounds in marjoram essential oil are primarily pinene, sabinene, camphor, borneol and origanol. The oil has anti-bacterial/viral properties. It also helps ease pain, calms the mood, promotes sleep, aids digestion and lowers blood pressure. Some use it as a diuretic or expectorant. Used to treat migraines, headaches, arthritis, asthma, respiratory infections, depression, anxiety, insomnia, constipation and stress. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – K, A and C Minerals – Iron,…

Potatoes

Health PowerPotatoes are wrongly maligned as a high-carbohydrate starch with little or no nutritional value. Not so. The “problem” with potatoes is how they are often prepared (deep fried in oil) and/or what people put on them (high-fat dairy products and/or bacon bits). Potatoes have many different vitamins and phytonutrients. A crucial one is Vitamin B6, which helps build new cells and assists proper signaling in the brain. B6 also helps give us energy by breaking down carbohydrates during exercise. It also has fiber that helps lower cholesterol and supports digestion. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – B6 (Pyridoxine) and…

Mango

Health PowerMangoes are a great source of powerful antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, quercetin and astragalin. They combine to neutralize free radicals, which can damage cells in the form of DNA mutations that lead to uncontrolled cell division, i.e. cancer. The antioxidants zeaxanthin and lutein help stop age-related macular degeneration in the eye. Vitamin C helps the immune system and assists in preventing cataracts. The soluble fiber, pectin, lowers cholesterol, promotes healthy digestion and cardiovascular function. Pectin also helps reduce the risk of gastrointestinal cancer. The high iron content helps women recover after menstruation and assists during pregnancy. High…

Loquat

Health PowerA great fruit low in saturated fat and sodium while high in a few vitamins, minerals and fiber. Good to eat while trying to lose weight. Vitamin A, a protective antioxidant, promotes eyesight, especially night vision. Also helps maintain healthy teeth, immune system, and skeletal and soft tissue (skin and membranes around organs). Fiber adds bulk to a meal, giving a full feeling faster that may help control weight. Promotes smooth digestion and lowers elevated cholesterol and blood sugar. B vitamins are necessary to encourage the breakdown (catabolism) and buildup (anabolism) of compounds in foods and vital nutrients needed…

Licorice

Health PowerThe phytonutrients in licorice have been used for centuries as a natural remedy for many common ailments. Prepare as a tea, make lozenges or simply chew on the root. Stores carry it as an extract, powder or loose leaves. Many use it to help aid digestive problems, like indigestion, heartburn and irregularity; has mild laxative properties. May help produce energy and increase stamina. Most popular use is to relieve chest congestion, coughs or sore throats. Glycoside stimulates production of thin mucus in membranes of stomach and respiratory tract and helps clear out lungs and throat. Useful as a soothing…

Pumpkin

Health PowerWe most often see the seeds of large pumpkins around Halloween in late October, but they are full of important nutrients all year round. Ongoing research suggests pumpkin seeds help in maintaining prostate health. (Components in the oil prevent the enlargement caused by over-stimulation from the male hormones testosterone and dihydrotestosterone.) Pumpkin seeds also contain carotenoids and omega-3 fatty acids, which have antioxidant action and are beneficial fats compared to saturated fats. Pumpkin seeds also have magnesium and zinc, two minerals important for calcium uptake and bone building, among other benefits. The seeds are being investigated as potent anti-inflammatory…

Lettuce

Health PowerLoaded with good stuff: Vitamins K, A, C, folate and manganese. Romaine especially supports cardiovascular health. Vitamins A and C help prevent arterial plaque buildup by eliminating free radicals that oxidize cholesterol and help keep arterial walls elastic. Fiber helps regulate cholesterol levels and promotes healthy digestion. Romaine lettuce’s potassium may help reduce blood pressure and promote the proper firing of muscle and nerve cells. Folate helps prevent damage to blood vessel walls by lowering homocysteine concentration in blood. Folate also is essential for proper nerve development in fetuses. A few ounces of romaine lettuce give more than 100…

Lemons & Limes

Health PowerA great source of vitamin C and other phytonutrients, similar to other popular fruits and veggies. Vitamin C is the great immune booster and antioxidant that knocks out free radicals at the top of the inflammatory cascade. Helps reduce symptoms of inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Acting against free radicals, vitamin C can assist in cardiovascular health by preventing the oxidation of cholesterol, a step toward plaque buildup. Lemons and limes both have flavonoid compounds that act as antioxidants, too. Both help sterilize some foods by killing off bacteria. Citrus fruits also contain limonoids that fight a number of…

Lemon Grass

Health PowerIncluding lemon grass in your garden provides many benefits. Making tea with the stems helps digestion, promotes a calm night’s sleep, reduces anxiety, eases headaches and even has antimicrobial abilities to fight some infections. It may help with respiratory problems and provide some calming effects as well. Adding lemongrass to the bath will help clear up oily skin. Lemon grass citronella oil is a natural, effective mosquito repellent. To get the oil directly from the plant, break off a stalk and peel off the outer leaves until you find a scallion-like stem at the base. Bend and rub with…

Quince

Health PowerQuince is a great source of vitamin C and a good source of fiber, potassium and iron. Due to the high pectin content, it is rarely eaten raw. Rather, it is popular for making special jams and, since it holds shape well, is popular for baking, stewing or poaching as a dessert. Rich in fiber, quince aids digestion and lowers elevated blood sugar and cholesterol. Vitamin C helps protect cells (including blood vessel and immune cells) from oxidative damage by free radicals. This makes the immune and circulatory systems function more efficiently and helps maintain the body’s biochemical balance.…

Leeks

Health PowerLeeks are in the Allium family and carry some of the same health benefits as garlic and onions. (See Garlic and Onion entries for the benefits of phytonutrients in this family.) Leeks differ from their family members in giving fewer nutrients per weight. Because they are less concentrated, you must eat more to get the same nutrition. Compared to garlic and onion, this is easy considering how mellow and sweet their taste is. In general, regular eating of veggies in the Allium family is linked with lower bad cholesterol concentrations and preventing or inhibiting the growth or spread of…

Lavender

Health PowerThe soothing aroma in lavender plants alone is enough to calm the nerves after a tough day. Many say having the fragrance sprayed (or placed using the plant itself) on their pillow or in the bed linen gives headache relief and better sleep. Scientific studies support this phenomenon. Making it into a tea or extracting the oil can provide similar medicinal properties, such as reducing stress, anxiety, nervousness and nausea. Lavender’s fragrance and soothing effects can be a great addition to body, bath and cleaning products. Lavender’s essential oil has antibacterial and antifungal action. Lavender oil is great to…

Kiwi

Health PowerKiwi fruit contain a solid mix of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients for a daily health boost. Research is still ongoing, but certain phytonutrients (probably carotenoids and flavonoids) in kiwi can decrease oxygen-related damage to DNA. Damage to DNA molecules can cause mutations that interfere with proteins and enzymes vital to all cellular functions. Studies show eating kiwis or other citrus fruits lowers the risk of respiratory problems. Highly concentrated source of natural vitamin C, the primary water-soluble antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals causing cellular damage, most notably in cardiovascular system, respiratory system, joints and immune cells. Fat-soluble antioxidant vitamin…

Kale

Health PowerKale is highly nutritious, with large variety of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. An ideal, all-in-one vegetable to add to your regular diet. Phytonutrients containing sulfur help activate detoxifying enzymes, which act synergistically to remove potentially toxic/carcinogenic chemicals. Other phyotchemicals in crucifers, like glucosinolates, metabolize to isothiocyanates, which inhibit development of many cancer cells. Great for vision. Carotenoids, like lutein and zeaxanthin, along with beta-carotene and vitamins A and C, protect from damaging free radicals and ultraviolet light. Antioxidant action of vitamins A and C help boost immune system, protect blood vessels, reduce inflammation and protect epithelial cells (skin and…

Radicchio

Health PowerThe most significant nutrient in radicchio is vitamin K followed by phytonutrients like anthocyanins. Often overlooked, vitamin K plays an important biochemical role in blood clotting and bone matrix building. It is needed for the activation of many proteins in the clotting process. The overall biochemical processes require more research, but thus far vitamin K appears to help encourage the formation of bone matrix (osteoblastic processes), while discouraging the breakdown of bone (osteoclastic processes). Responsible for the deep red color, anthocyanins are promising phytonutrients that have anti-inflammatory properties and inhibit the growth of pre-malignant cancer cells, induce apoptosis (programmed…

Horseradish

Health PowerHorseradish contains glucosinolates (ex. isothiocyanate), potent phytonutrients promoting synthesis of compounds that fight cancer and suppress synthesis of compounds fueling cancer cell growth. Research suggests effects come not from isothiocyanate alone, but from synergistic action with other vegetables containing isothiocyanate. Also linked with increasing blood flow in infected areas and increasing liver’s ability to detoxify. Many people use its antimicrobial properties as remedy for cold, flu and fever. Here’s how: Blend or grind up tablespoon of fresh horseradish and add to boiling water. Steep for about 5 minutes. Drink this brew 2-3 times per day for fever relief. Can…

Guava

Health PowerLoaded with vitamin C (more than double the RDA per fruit) and beneficial phytonutrients. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that prevents damage to many cells, organs and tissues such as eyes, blood vessels, heart and immune system. Full dose of vitamin C in one fruit assures water-soluble areas get protection from free radicals and that immune cells are active. High in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant known to reduce oxidative damage in cells. May also inhibit growth of some types of cancer cells. (Undergoing extensive research.) Fiber and potassium enable guava to lower blood pressure, blood glucose, plaque buildup…

Radishes

Health PowerLike some other popular fruits and vegetables, radishes offer a substantial dose of vitamin C. Much research has been done on vitamin C’s effects on the immune system, but whether it plays a significant role is disputed. Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant molecule that works in the water-soluble portions of the body to disarm free radicals. Vitamin C helps reduce oxidative stress on blood vessels in the cardiovascular system (leading to plaque buildup) and lung cells. The anti-oxidants also deter free radicals from damaging plasma membranes and DNA, which may help prevent cancer-causing mutations. Vitamin C also works…

Grapes

Health Power Recent extensive research suggests most beneficial attributes may lie in their phytonutrients rather than vitamins and minerals. Most notable phytonutrients may be polyphenols, which include flavonoids and phenolic acids. Flavonoids quercetin and resveratrol help prevent free radicals from oxidizing the bad type of cholesterol (LDL), turning it into a form that later leads to arterial damage and plaque buildup. They maintain normal blood vessel dilation and prevent blood clots that can cause strokes. Contain saponins, believed to reduce absorption of cholesterol and slow the biochemical pathways leading to inflammation. Resveratrol and others play a large role in both…

Grapefruit

Health PowerExcellent source of Vitamin C, giving more than 100 percent of RDA. Protects immune system cells that fight the common colds/ other illness. Antioxidant reducing free radicals associated with inflammation, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. Pink grapefruit among the highest in antioxidants. Studies of antioxidant lycopene suggest regular eating can dramatically lower risk of prostate cancer. Many other phytonutrients with great potential benefits. Compounds called limonoids trigger production of detoxifying liver enzymes. Bonus: Limonoids stay active in body up to 24 hours, making them more potent fighter of many toxins, many of which could be carcinogenic. Red and blond…

Globe Artichokes

Health PowerAlmost no food or drink has more antioxidants than artichoke. (Came in #4 out of 1,000-plus in 2006 study.) Beat out blueberries, red wine, dark chocolate and tea. With a nice balance of nutrients, they are ideal for general health. High potassium prevents kidney stones. Folic acid supports cardiovascular health and helps prevent folate-deficiency birth defects. Contains cynarin, which triggers production of bile and aids digestion. Contains phytonutrients that help stimulate regeneration of liver cells and improve gall bladder function, both improving detoxification and digestion. Great source of fiber, which promotes smooth digestion and helps regulate blood sugar and…

Raspberries

Health PowerRed raspberries are delicious and contain powerful phytonutrients that have antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-carcinogenic properties. Aside from vitamins C and E, the tannin ellagic acids and a collection of flavonoids are the antioxidants in raspberries, (which outdo kiwis, strawberries and tomatoes). These compounds help protect critical cells and organs from damage caused by free radicals. They also have antimicrobial properties that help suppress certain bacterial colonies (and others like fungi). Research studies suggest some of the phytonutrients in raspberries inhibit initiation of, or halt the growth of, certain cancer cells. Both vitamin K and manganese help build bone matrix…

Ginger

Health PowerGinger has been used for years to soothe gastrointestinal discomfort, including motion sickness, cold sweats, dizziness and vomiting. Effects are also seen in pregnant women. Antioxidant compounds (gingerols) suppress free radicals and reduce inflammation, thereby relieving pain. They may help protect the lipids in cell membranes from becoming damaged, preventing the loss of the important, internally produced antioxidant glutathione. High antioxidant activity supports cardiovascular health. Compounds in ginger help perspiration, a good way to detoxify during colds and other illness. Sweat has antimicrobial properties, helping protect against skin-borne infections. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – B6 (Pyridoxine) Minerals –…

Garlic

Health PowerGarlic, an antioxidant, slows plaque buildup (calcification) in coronary arteries. Studies show it stops calcium from binding with proteoheparan, (and then with LDL cholesterol) which begins the process. Slowing plaque buildup lowers the risk of later heart attack. Helps lower blood pressure and suppresses or removes oxidizing agents in blood stream and fat areas. Contains organosulphur compounds (ex. allicin and diallyl disulphide) that have antiviral and strong antibacterial activity, making garlic excellent for treating common colds. Compounds also help relax and enlarge blood vessels, which can help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. These phytonutrients in garlic also…

Rhubarb

Health PowerRhubarb is a great source of dietary fiber and helps resolve indigestion issues with its gentle laxative properties. It may also help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The potassium supports proper nerve functioning and muscle contraction, including the heart. Vitamin C gives rhubarb antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiallergenic properties. Vitamin K with calcium adds to bone formation and helps prevent bone breakdown. Rhubarb is low in carbohydrates, saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. It increases metabolic rate, which is excellent for eating while trying to lose weight. Rhubarb has antibacterial and antifungal properties that may help prevent infections. If applied topically,…

Figs

Health PowerFigs are a great source of potassium, which supports healthy nerve function and muscle contraction. A diet with many potassium-rich fruits and vegetables is linked to lower blood pressure compared to diets with little potassium. Figs have little calcium, but their potassium helps decrease the amount of calcium lost in urine, which makes figs a net supporter of bone health. The dietary fiber promotes healthy digestion, regulates cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and may support weight loss. Research on the benefits of fig leaves suggests phytonutrients within the leaves can help lower the amount of insulin needed by dependent…

Rosemary

Health PowerRosemary adds wonderful flavor and aroma to potatoes, pork, lamb and chicken. It also adds helpful substance to a meal by exciting the immune system. It increases circulation (especially to the brain) and improves digestion. It has anti-inflammatory agents that might moderate the severity of asthma attacks or other conditions. The essential oil of rosemary, obtained by steeping in boiling water or steam distillation of all parts of the plant, may help improve memory and support healthy adrenal and lymphatic functions. Some people say its role in aromatherapy is unmatched. Some students use it at exam times to help…

Fennel

Health PowerFennel has promising phytonutrients with potent antioxidant activity, anti-inflammatory properties, and the ability to inhibit cancer cell development (according to early research). Most notable is phytonutrient anethole. In animal studies, anethole reduced inflammation and blocked the initiation of cancer cells through the inhibition of one or more biochemical pathways. Fennel is a great way to get vitamin C, potassium, folate and fiber. Vitamin C is a versatile antioxidant. It protects cells in water-soluble areas from free radical damage that can lead to arthritis and atherosclerosis. It may also be needed by the immune system for optimum function against harmful…

Rutabaga (Swedes)

Health PowerRutabaga is a great source of vitamin C, folate, fiber, potassium and manganese. See Radishes for the many benefits associated with the antioxidant vitamin C. Folate and vitamin B6 help protect blood vessel walls by converting homocysteine into an inert compound. This keeps homocysteine from reaching high levels where it damages blood vessel walls. Folate is also important for pregnant women to support healthy fetal nerve development. Fiber facilitates smooth digestion and slows down the absorption of sugar and cholesterol, helping to reduce and regulate elevated levels of both. Potassium assists in the proper functioning of muscle and nerve…

Endive

Health PowerEndive is particularly rich in vitamin K, which is essential for several proteins that make blood clot. (The name K comes from the German word koagulation.) If blood does not clot, wounds bleed out of control. Vitamin K plays an important role in bone formation. Many foods contain vitamin K, and a deficiency is rare. Endive is also a good source of vitamin A, folate and fiber. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble antioxidant that clears destructive free radicals and helps maintain healthy epithelial tissue around blood vessels and organs such as the liver and stomach. Folate protects blood vessel…

Sage

Health PowerThe benefits of sage lie in its potent phytonutrients and volatile oils. Cousin to rosemary, sage is another source of rosmarinic acid. The acid is easily absorbed in the intestines and is known for its antioxidant properties. Sage is also a great source of flavonoids and two of the most powerful antioxidants, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and peroxidase. SOD and peroxidase convert strong oxygen free radicals into non-toxic forms. These antioxidant compounds give sage a unique ability to help neutralize toxic forms of oxygen formed during cellular respiration. This in turn prevents oxygen-related damage to cell membranes, vital enzymes and…

Scallions

Health PowerThese young onions have beneficial phytonutrients like flavonoids and sulfur compounds that work together to lower cholesterol, promote heart health, and suppress inflammation. The flavonoid quercetin may bring a number of benefits, including the antioxidant effect in protecting colon cells. Quercetin, along with vitamin C, strengthens the immune system and works against harmful bacteria and viruses that cause common colds or worse. Vitamin C also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help deal with arthritis and protect the cardiovascular system from cellular damage and plaque buildup. Vitamin K supports healthy bone development by helping support bone laying components and…

Eggplant

Health PowerEggplant has a nice mixture of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Many of the phytonutrients, like phenolic compounds and flavonoids, are antioxidants. One flavonoid, nasunin, protects the membranes around each cell. Especially important because cell membranes control traffic in and out of each cell, contain receptors for messenger compounds that tell the cell what to do and are the protective barrier between inside and outside. Among phenolic compounds, chlorogenic acid is a potent antioxidant in highest concentrations. With flavonoids, these compounds disarm free radicals in many locations to help stop oxidative cell damage (which could develop into cancer), help relax…

Shallots

Health PowerSee Onions, which have similar vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – C, B6 (Pyridoxine), B9 (Folate), B1 (Thiamin) and B2 (Riboflavin) Minerals – Manganese, Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Calcium Disease Prevention See Onions How to Grow Shallots are a smaller version of the main crop onion with a mild flavor. Harvest them earlier than main crops, too. Shallots need a site with full sunshine and soil full of organic matter. Work in a generous amount of aged compost or planting mix. The pH should be above 6.5; add lime to raise if needed. Shallots are…

Dill

Health PowerThe significant health benefits of dill come from unique phytonutrients, including monoterpenes (carvone, anethofuran, and limonene) and flavonoids (kaempferol and vicenin). Monoterpenes activate the antioxidant enzyme glutathione-S-transferase, which marks dangerous free radicals for destruction by other compounds. Dill’s volatile oil has anti-bacterial properties. Like garlic and thyme, dill inhibits the growth of many common bacteria. Dill is also a great addition to dishes for its mineral and fiber content. A good source of calcium, dill contributes to bone maintenance. Its iron helps blood deliver oxygen to tissues. Fiber promotes smooth digestion and absorption of nutrients. Munching on dill seed…

Spinach

Health Power Spinach is remarkable in the myriad of vitamins, minerals , and phytonutrients it gives in one serving. It contains an important carotenoid and a collection of flavonoids that, in addition to vitamins A and C, act as important antioxidants ridding the body of dangerous free radicals. This prevents plaque build up in artery walls by preventing cholesterol from being oxidized. In the end, this helps protect against serious heart problems. Folate and magnesium in spinach also add to heart health by decreasing plaque build up, arterial wall damage (folate) and blood pressure (magnesium and potassium). Because some nutrients…

Dandelion

Health Power Is the weed with the yellow flower in your backyard nutritious? Yes. Dandelion greens are a great source of many vitamins and a good source of many minerals. One serving has five times the recommended daily dose of vitamin K. Essential for bone health by increasing ratio of bone matrix development to bone breakdown, especially in the presence of calcium. Antidote for coumarin poisoning (rodent poison) since coumarins block liver production of vitamin K and cause internal bleeding. Greens loaded with antioxidant vitamins A and C, preventing buildup of harmful free radicals in water soluble areas of the…

Cucumber

Health PowerCucumbers contain silica, a trace mineral, which we need for healthy connective tissue (bone, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and muscle). Silica also encourages healthy skin. Some use it topically for swelling under the eyes, dermatitis and soothing sunburn. Cucumbers are 95 percent water by weight, so eating is a good way to hydrate. Cucumber adds some fiber to the diet, aiding digestion. With vitamins A and C, cucumber helps the immune system and the liver disarm free radicals that cause cellular damage. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – C, A and B9 (Folate) Minerals – Molybdenum, Potassium, Manganese and Magnesium…

Squash (Summer)

Health PowerSummer squash adds similar nutrients as winter squash but in smaller amounts. See Squash (Winter) for health benefits. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – C, A, B9 (Folate), K, B6 (Pyridoxine), B1 (Thiamin), B3 (Niacin) and B2 (Riboflavin) Minerals – Manganese, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, Phosphorus, Calcium, Zinc and Iron Disease Prevention See Squash (Winter) How to Grow Common Summer Squash (zucchini, crookneck and straight neck squash and scallop squash). Thrives in warmer weather. Take about 2 months to ripen. All prefer rich soil in full sun with plenty of organic matter and great drainage. Dig in a generous amount…

Corn

Health PowerMore than just a source of starch and carbohydrates. Corn contributes to heart health, lung health, energy production, metabolism and memory. Yellow corn higher in carotene lutein than white corn, hence yellow color. Lutein great for eyes. B vitamin folate helps prevent birth defects and lowers homocysteine in blood, a molecule linked to cardiovascular problems. Phytonutrient beta-cryptoxanthin found in corn (also oranges and red bell peppers) may protect lungs from carcinogens. B vitamin pantothenic acid helps maintain energy by breaking down carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Thiamin helps provide energy and contributes to brain health by helping synthesize acetylcholine, a…

Squash (Winter)

Health PowerResearch is limited, though some phytonutrients found in winter squash have been linked with anti-cancer properties in studies of other plants. Winter squash is a good source of all the vitamins and minerals listed. More nutrient-dense than its cousin, the summer squash. Most notable in one serving of winter squash are vitamins A (more than 100 percent RDA) and C (more than 30 percent RDA). These vitamins team up for many functions. They support the immune response of white blood cells toward pathogens. They act as antioxidants in water soluble areas of the body, protecting cells from free radical…

Collards

Health PowerCollard greens are nutritional rock stars loaded with beneficial phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. Rich in antioxidants, B vitamins and important minerals. An excellent choice for heart health. Sulfurous phytonutrients (glucosinolates and cysteine sulfoxides) inhibit growth of many types of cancers. Some stimulate liver to produce detoxification enzymes that work synergistically to speed up removing free radicals and toxins. Vitamins and minerals promote cardiovascular, immune system, brain and overall health through direct interactions and antioxidant effects. Provide antioxidant vitamins A, C and E. Vitamin C protects water-soluble areas (inside and outside of cells). Vitamins A and E protect fatty molecules…

Cilantro

Health PowerCilantro leaves and coriander seeds both packed with beneficial phytonutrients. Animal research shows promising health benefits for humans. Regularly eating coriander may reduce bad cholesterol levels (the LDL form), control blood sugar by stimulating insulin production in pancreatic cells and reduce cellular damage by free radicals. Coriander contributes fiber that promotes healthy digestion and nutrient extraction from foods. Coriander has antibiotic components. The volatile oil dodecenal kills Salmonella bacteria responsible for many food poisonings. Cilantro helps remove potentially toxic heavy metals that damage nerve functions. Many popular antioxidants help defend important cells from damage that could lead to reduced…

Strawberries

Health PowerLoaded with Vitamin C. (A single berry can have up to 20 percent of the RDA.) This antioxidant combined with ellagic acid and anthocyanin helps heal wounds faster, strengthens the immune system and helps delay age-related memory loss. The folate in one serving helps reduce neural tube birth defects and damage to arteries. The fiber helps prevent constipation. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – C, Folate, B2 (Riboflavin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B6 (Pyridoxine) & K Minerals – Manganese, Iodine, Potassium, Magnesium and Copper Disease Prevention Strawberries are anti-inflammatory, helping prevent rheumatoid and osteoarthritis and asthma. The diverse content of…

Chives

Health PowerProvide only small amounts of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients (from garnishing dishes with chives), but they add to the overall health of meals. High vitamin K, A and C content by weight. Vitamins A and C have antioxidant properties that help rid body of damaging free radicals. Vitamin K helps build bone and form blood clots. Some suggest they have antibiotic action, aid digestion, improve blood flow and stimulate appetite. Research still young on this member of the onion family, but more study may reveal potentially great benefits. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – K, A, C and B9…

Cherries

Health PowerRed color of this tasty treat comes from the powerful antioxidants known as anthocyanins. Cherries packed with free radical destroyers; almost as many as blueberries. Help with pain of inflammatory conditions like arthritis and muscle soreness. Linked with heart benefits by reducing inflammation and total cholesterol, and lowering body fat and total weight. Low in fat, high in water content and helps boost metabolism. One of only a few foods with melatonin. (Produced in pineal gland and associated with sleep rhythms. Cherries may help you get to sleep.) The high potassium content also can help control blood pressure and…

Sunflower

Health PowerProviding nearly 100 percent of the vitamin E RDA in ¼ cup, sunflower seeds are an excellent source of the main fat-soluble antioxidant. It helps reduce oxidative damage that can cause plaque build up in the arteries, thickening of arteries and joint inflammation. Of the nuts and seeds, sunflower seeds have one of the highest concentrations of phytosterols, phytonutrients with similar structures to cholesterol and linked to lowering their levels in the blood. Some research evidence shows if we eat a moderate amount of these cholesterol substitutes, they have high potential to reduce the damaging effects of cholesterol. Sunflower…

Chamoile

Health PowerBefore modern medicine, herbal treatments were popular way to soothe ailments. Some of chamomile’s powers discovered long ago still used effectively. Brewed tea from chamomile flowers is calming. Some say chamomile helps reduce nervousness, minor insomnia and aids digestion and upset stomachs. Essential oil from flowers gives more concentrated dose in a cup of tea. Oil obtained through steam distillation. Usually found at herb shops or some grocery stores. Blue color comes from the phytonutrient azulene, which has anti-inflammatory properties. Oil can be used to reduce skin conditions like rashes or eczema, help aid digestion and PMS symptoms. You…

Swiss Chard

Health PowerChard is off the high end of the chart with its vitamin and mineral content. One cup gives 700 percent of the RDA of vitamin K, more than 100 percent of vitamin A and 50 percent of vitamin C. It is also an excellent source of magnesium, potassium, iron, fiber and more. The health potential of chard seems endless. The vitamin K, magnesium and calcium in chard give a great boost for more bone building and less bone loss. Vitamin A supports healthy vision, immune system function, lung health and protects thin membrane layers around organs and blood vessels.…

Celery

Health Power Excellent source of Vitamin C, antioxidant that fights free radicals and plaque build up in blood vessels. Phthalides linked with lowered blood pressure by helping arteries dilate. Lowers cholesterol. Diuretic helps get rid of excess fluids. Promotes overall health and optimizes function of immune and vascular systems. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – K, C, B6 (Pyridoxine), B1 (Thiamin), A and B2 (Riboflavin) Minerals – Potassium, Folate, Molybdenum, Manganese, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Iron Disease Prevention Celery contains many antioxidants including coumarins that decrease the build up of cancer precursors and promote white blood cell activity. Acetylenics also…

Tarragon

Health PowerYou can gain the many health benefits of tarragon by using teas, dried/fresh leaves, the essential oil and tinctures. (Tarragon mixed with isopropyl alcohol makes a good disinfectant.) Tarragon contains caffeic acid, which can stop or kill many bacteria, viruses and fungi. It makes a good cleansing disinfectant to rub on wounds or can be used as a deodorant. Components of tarragon help digestion by stimulating the secretion of digestive compounds in the saliva as well as gastric fluids (like bile and other acids) into the lower digestive tract. This stimulates faster processing of foods already in the stomach…

Cauliflower

Health PowerLike other crucifers, cauliflower contains glucosinolates (sulforaphane) and thiocyanates (isothiocyanate). Together, they increase the ability of liver cells to create compounds that remove harmful, sometimes cancer-causing, toxins. See Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage for more on the detoxification benefits of eating crucifers. Cauliflower itself also contains enzymes that assist in detoxification. Cauliflower also provides dietary fiber and the B vitamin folate. Fiber promotes healthy digestion and lower blood cholesterol levels. Pregnant women need folate to ensure the healthy development of their baby’s nervous system. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – C, K, B6 (Pyridoxine), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B2 (Riboflavin), B1…

Carrots

Health PowerMany health benefits. Great source of antioxidant compounds. Rank among highest carotenoid contents. Help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance, a common cause of diabetes. High vitamin A helps eyes adjust to changing brightness and promotes good night vision. Vitamin A reduces risk of emphysema from exposure to cigarette smoke. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – A, K, C, B6 (Pyridoxine), B1 (Thiamin), B3 (Niacin), B9 (Folate) Minerals – Potassium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Phosphorus and Magnesium Disease Prevention One daily serving of carrots or squash cuts in half risk of heart disease among elderly. Beta-carotene from carrots converts…

Cacti

Health PowerNopales (pads of prickly pear cactus) are especially good for cardiovascular, colon and immune system health. Rich in vitamins A and C, both potent antioxidants that protect cells/tissues from free radical damage that leads to DNA mutations. Also preserve elasticity and integrity of blood cell walls and other epithelial tissues. Help reduce inflammations linked to arthritis or asthma. Rich in phytonutrients called flavonoids, also powerful antioxidants. Soluble and insoluble fibers aid digestion, lower blood glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides. Fiber, antioxidants and other phytonutrients work synergistically to combat oxidative stress, optimize immune function, maintain good systemic balance and help prevent…

Thyme

Health PowerThyme is a healthy source of vitamin K, giving more than 60 percent of RDA in two teaspoons. It also contains iron, manganese, calcium and dietary fiber. It is an old-time remedy for chest and respiratory illness. The benefits come from the essential oils and flavonoids, which have antioxidant, antifungal and antibacterial functions. The oil thymol has antioxidant powers that help increase the good fats in cells and their membranes. It also works as an antibacterial agent against Salmonella, E. coli, Shigella and others. You can create your own surface cleaning/disinfectant spray by mixing thyme, boiling water and a…

Cabbage

Health PowerSimilar to Brussels sprouts, cruciferous vegetables like cabbage increase the production and action of enzymes that detoxify the body. Beyond antioxidant action that removes dangerous free radicals, crucifers make DNA produce more detoxification and anti-cancer enzymes. Enhance natural defenses by stimulating production of antioxidant compounds like glutathione. Supply sulfur compounds like sinigrin and sulforaphane that catalyze production of anti-carcinogens. Also affect the expression of cancer-related genes. Amino acid glutamine helps restore stomach lining after peptic ulcer. See Brussels Sprouts for more on the health power of crucifers. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – K, C, B6 (Pyridoxine), B1 (Thiamin),…

Tomato

Health PowerA great supporter of overall health. Tomatoes have a lot of vitamins C and A, plus beta-carotene and the pigment lycopene, all super antioxidants that help prevent cell damage by free radical oxygen molecules. These phytonutrients work in synergy with other vitamins and minerals in tomatoes to promote heart and bone health and protect against inflammation and a number of cancers. (The cardiovascular benefits come from helping to regulate blood pressure and reduce damage to blood vessels from oxidative stress, plaque buildup and elevated homocysteine levels.) Regularly eating tomatoes can lower cholesterol levels, promote proper fetal development and regulate…

Burdock

Health PowerBurdock has been used for centuries as an alternative herbal medicine. Diuretic (urine producing) properties help “flush” the body as it removes excess water. Some cancer patients say it enhances quality of life. Found in popular cancer remedies like Essiac and Hoxsey formula. May lower blood glucose levels, which helps prevent and manage diabetes. Useful in treating skin conditions (wounds, eczema, acne and psoriasis) by mixing into a cream-like lotion and applying directly to clean skin. Reduces throat pain and is found in some cold medicines. Detoxifies liver, kidneys, gallbladder and lymph system. Fiber stimulates digestive tract, helping relieve…

Brussels Sprouts

Health PowerBrussels sprouts contain phytonutrients that assist a range of functions. Contain sulfur compounds like sulforaphane, which triggers vital detoxification enzymes in the liver. Also an excellent source of vitamins C, A, folate, fiber and other phytonutrients, all promoting healthy skin, digestion, immune function, cardiovascular function, fetal development and overall health. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – K, C, B9 (Folate), A, B6 (Pyridoxine), B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin) & E Minerals – Manganese, Potassium, Iron, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Copper Disease Prevention By increasing detoxification and reducing DNA damage, crucifers like Brussels sprouts reduce the symptoms or onset of many cancers…

Broccoli

Health PowerBroccoli is a super food with many vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that trigger a complex, intricate set of biochemical pathways supporting overall health. High fiber content lowers concentration of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) in the blood and elevated blood sugar, promoting cardiovascular health. Helps promote weight loss. A superior source of antioxidants. Folate helps protect the heart/circulatory system and promote healthy fetal development. Contains sulforaphane, which fights Helicobacter pylori bacteria that can cause stomach cancer. Along with isothiocyanate, it also boosts production of detoxification enzymes, which can help rid the body of potentially carcinogenic chemicals. Speeds up metabolism of estrogen,…

Turnips

Health PowerTurnip roots are high in Vitamin C. With the greens, their high content of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients are a great promoter of overall health. Turnips and turnip greens help create more bone mass by slowing osteoclastic (break down) processes and increasing osteoblastic (building) processes. Turnips and their greens are loaded with vitamins A, C and E, which reinforce immune system, maintain healthy membranes and connective tissue (for example, blood vessels and joints), protect important cells (eyes and vascular system) from free radical damage and reduce inflammation. Turnips also give dietary fiber that helps maintain healthy digestion and regulates…

Bok Choy

Health PowerBok choy is another crucifer (like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage) with many beneficial phytonutrients. Also zero fats and low carbohydrate count. Most researched are the glucosinolates and carotenoids. Glucosinolates are a mixed blessing from plants. In high doses, they can inhibit thyroid hormone, which is needed for proper cell metabolism. In moderate amounts, they block cancer cells by directly affecting the cell cycle and protecting against harmful free radicals. Isothiocyanates, some derived from glucosinolates, are other powerful agents preventing cancer cells from forming and proliferating. Bok choy is an excellent source of many carotenoids, especially beta-carotene, an antioxidant throughout…

Walnuts

Health PowerThey lack many common vitamins and minerals, but walnuts have profound phytonutrients for your health. They are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, an essential fat the body cannot make. Omega-3’s in walnuts help protect the heart, have anti-inflammatory properties, encourage healthy brain function and help prevent many cancers. An omega-3 found in walnuts is also linked to healthy bones. Walnuts are high in fats, but these are good fats linked to lowering the risk of weight gain. They also have monounsaturated fats, which reduce the bad form of cholesterol (LDL) and the threat of clotting in arteries.…

Blueberries

Health PowerBlueberries top the antioxidant list of major fruits and vegetables. They have more highly effective antioxidants than a glass of red wine. Multiple different vitamins, minerals and nutrients work together to give this fruit many potential health benefits with few calories. Antioxidants (the anthocyanidins) disarm free radicals and prevent damage to the collagen network (the backbone of cells keeping them stable and durable for proper functioning). Also help prevent heart problems, ulcers and vision loss. Protect and maintain proper cell structure in blood vessels. Contain both soluble and insoluble fibers to help control blood sugar spikes, lower cholesterol and…

Blackberries

Health PowerBlackberries are a great source of antioxidants. Some fall in the groups of polyphenols and anthocyanins, both known to help fight against free radicals that cause damage to blood vessels, heart disease and many types of cancer. Anthocyanins give the deep color. Blackberries are also solid sources of vitamin C and magnesium. Vitamin C, an antioxidant, helps maintain healthy immune system by protecting cells from oxidative damage. C helps reactivate vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant in fatty tissue/liquids. Trace mineral magnesium promotes bone health by increasing the absorption of calcium and the proper functioning of all cells. Great source…

Watercress

Health PowerAn excellent source of vitamin K and a good source of calcium, watercress helps maintain strong bones and healthy blood clotting. It also donates about half the RDA of both antioxidant vitamins A (also in the form of beta carotene) and C. These are key factors in protecting cells and organs from oxidative damage by free radicals. They also help support a healthy immune response, eyesight, skin and cardiovascular system (by preventing plaque build up and maintaining elasticity in blood vessel walls). Watercress also has small amounts of vitamins B1, B6, E and the minerals magnesium, iron, iodine and…

Beets

Health PowerA great vegetable for defending against cell damage in digestive tract. Color comes from betacyanin, which prevents pre-cancerous cell damage. Fiber induces liver production of antioxidants (glutathione peroxidase and glutathione S-transferase) for detoxifying body from damaging, potentially carcinogenic chemicals. Stimulate production of immune cells in animal colon and protect from damage by nitrosamines (created from nitrates) in stomach. Phytonutrients choline and its metabolite betaine correlate with lower levels of C-reactive protein, tumor necrosis factor alpha and homocysteine. All help reduce inflammation and blood vessel damage, loss of cognitive function and insulin resistance. Folate deters blood vessel damage by lowering…

Watermelon

Health PowerWatermelon packs a punch with important vitamins and phytonutrients. The combination of antioxidant vitamins C and A does wonders for the body. They both stop free radicals from causing damage to cells that otherwise lead to many ailments: plaque build up in arteries through the oxidation of cholesterol, increased inflammation, especially in joints, vision deterioration and cellular damage that can lead to mutations in DNA (which can become cancerous). Watermelon is also a great source of the phytonutrient lycopene, which has received much attention for its antioxidant behavior and ability to reduce the risk of many cancers. Watermelon is…

Avocados

Health PowerDelectable fruit high in monounsaturated fats (the good ones). These lipids help reduce LDLs and raise HDLs. Also rich in beta-Sitosterol, a natural substance that lowers blood cholesterol level. High levels of potassium in avocados also can help reduce elevated blood pressure. Folate is great for circulatory health and normal neural development in fetuses. Avocados also contain the fat soluble phytonutrients carotenoids and tocopherols, potent antioxidants and anti-carcinogens. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – K, B9 (Folate), B6 (Pyridoxine), C and E (Tocopherols) Minerals – Potassium and Copper Disease Prevention Bad cholesterol and triglyceride lowering effects help prevent heart…

Beans

Health Power Among many varieties, pinto beans are surprisingly nutritious. More fiber than most foods. Excellent at lowering cholesterol, regulating blood sugar (especially for those with insulin resistance) and smoothing out digestion. Crucial contribution to heart health. High content of folate, potassium and magnesium. Folate lowers concentration of amino acid homocysteine. (When elevated in the blood, can seriously damage blood vessels.) Potassium an essential component of nerve cell communication, muscle contraction (especially heart) and blood pressure regulation. Magnesium helps maintain blood flow through vessels by blocking calcium channels. Iron optimizes oxygen attachment to hemoglobin molecules, which transport oxygen in blood.…

Basil

Health PowerBasil known for flavonoids (protect DNA, which creates and regulates cells) and volatile oils (antibacterial action). Some oils even halt growth of drug-resistant bacteria. Volatile oil eugenol may reduce inflammation and pain, such as in arthritis. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – K, A and C Minerals – Iron, Calcium, Manganese, Magnesium and Potassium Disease Prevention Basil contains strong antioxidant beta-carotene. Prevents unstable molecules (free radicals) from damaging epithelial cells including blood vessel walls. Beta-carotene helps prevent plaque build up (atherosclerosis) in arterial walls by blocking oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Lowers risk of heart attack and stroke. Contributes to…

Wheatgrass

Health PowerWheatgrass juice or powder is a great low-calorie addition to the diet. It gives substantial vitamin C, iron and phytonutrients with little risk of adverse effects and a high potential for benefit. Within alternative medicine, wheatgrass has its strong proponents who tout its strength and versatility as a remedy. Some say wheatgrass gives them energy (by increasing metabolism), helps improve oxygen delivery to the cells (due to chlorophyll acting like hemoglobin in blood), boosts their immune system, helps improve skin conditions and wound healing (when drunk and applied topically), inhibits cancer cell development (especially liver cancer from the chlorophyll…

Bananas

Health PowerExcellent source and high doses of potassium, vitamin C and fiber at low cost with low sodium, fat and cholesterol. Potassium essential for nerve and muscle functions and to control blood pressure. High fiber promotes healthy heart, lowers total cholesterol, adds bulk to stool and speeds up digestive process. Fiber also helps regulate blood sugars by holding onto carbohydrates in intestine and slowing down absorption of sugar into blood system, which lowers stress on insulin-producing pancreatic cells. Special banana fiber, pectin, promotes normal digestion and nutrient absorption. Promotes stomach health by building strong inner lining and eliminating ulcer-causing bacteria.…

Asparagus

Health PowerImproves digestion by increasing number and health of good bacteria in large intestine that suppress harmful bacteria. Promotes overall health with wide range of nutrients. Amino acid asparagine is a natural diuretic. Used to reduce swelling; may help diminish premenstrual water retention. Contains B vitamin folate (more than 50 percent RDA), a crucial nutrient for normal fetal development during pregnancy. Helps avoid birth defects by helping DNA synthesize and replicate properly. Pyridoxine promotes heart health by lowering homocysteine levels in the blood stream. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – K, B9 (Folate), C, A, B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B6…

Arugula

Health PowerTasty leaves (nutty and/or peppery flavor) contain small quantities of many phytonutrients and vitamins. 4-5 cups give moderate to large dose. Cruciferous vegetable (similar to broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy) helps prevent many cancers. Most benefit comes from phytonutrients. Glucosinolates and sulforaphanes help stimulate enzymes for detoxifying and removing cell-damaging (possibly carcinogenic) chemicals. Carotenes act as antioxidants to protect skin cells, blood vessel cells and others from sun and free-radical damage. Help ward off cancer and cardiovascular problems. Source of chlorophyll, present in all plants. Limited research on this phytonutrient. Some basic studies suggest chlorophyll may protect from carcinogenic…

Apricots

Health PowerGood source of Vitamin A and beta-carotene. Antioxidant properties prevent free radicals from oxidizing the bad form of cholesterol (LDL), a first step in forming plaque in blood vessels. One form of Vitamin A, retinol, essential to light sensitivity. Impaired night vision early sign of deficiency. Good source of dietary fiber to support digestion, elimination and regulation of blood sugar. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – A and C Minerals – Potassium, others in trace amounts Disease Prevention Reduces risk of macular degeneration, cataracts, heart disease, lung cancer, perhaps colon cancer. Vitamin A associated with reduced risk of cancer…

Apples

Health PowerMany effective antioxidants help decrease oxidative cell damage by free radicals. Contain dietary fiber and helpful phytonutrients called flavonoids, which have many different functions. Some act as antioxidants; some help maintain blood consistency without excess clotting; others help regulate blood pressure and reduce inflammation. Fiber stimulates healthy digestion and helps moderate the bad form of cholesterol (LDL), contributing to heart health. Vitamin and Mineral Content Vitamins – C Minerals – traces Disease Prevention Phytonutrients help reduce risk of heart disease, asthma and female lung cancer. Early studies (lab and animal) suggest apples may reduce risk of colon, lung and…

Aloe Vera

Health PowerHealth benefits come from phytonutrients not vitamins and minerals, which are in trace amounts except for vitamin K. Nutrient quantity low if eating only a few sprouts in salads or sandwiches. More concentrated dose comes from juicing. Phytonutrients include an amino acid derivative, canavanine, plant estrogens and saponins. Early studies of canavanine suggest it may help fight leukemia and cancers of the colon and pancreas. Abundant plant estrogens may support bone formation and inhibit deterioration. May also protect against many cancers (ex. breast, bowel and prostate). Saponins lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and help stimulate parts of immune system. Health…

Almonds

Health PowerSurprising benefit: high fat nut reduces risk of heart disease. Antioxidant Vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, fibers, other phytonutrients together reduce LDL blood cholesterol. Moderate eating (2-3 servings weekly) may help control weight. Also rich in magnesium (improves blood flow) and potassium (needed for neural firing and muscle contraction). When salt is absent, monounsaturated fats, magnesium and potassium prevent arterial plaque buildup, control blood pressure and improve heart performance. Several ounces reduce blood sugar, reducing demand on insulin-producing cells in pancreas. Also provide energy, help prevent gallstones and supply protein for building body structures. Almond skins give flavonoids with Vitamin…

Alfalfa Sprouts

Health PowerHealth benefits come from phytonutrients not vitamins and minerals, which are in trace amounts except for vitamin K. Nutrient quantity low if eating only a few sprouts in salads or sandwiches. More concentrated dose comes from juicing. Phytonutrients include an amino acid derivative, canavanine, plant estrogens and saponins. Early studies of canavanine suggest it may help fight leukemia and cancers of the colon and pancreas. Abundant plant estrogens may support bone formation and inhibit deterioration. May also protect against many cancers (ex. breast, bowel and prostate). Saponins lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and help stimulate parts of immune system. Vitamin…

Top 100 Garden Plants for Health & Nutrition

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The Organic Lifestyle

  We are what we eat There is a huge and growing interest in eating more of the foods that nourish and protect the mind, body, and soul. However, while many of us want to eat healthy, we don't always know the best way to go about it. We may buy low-sugar foods with high salt content or low-fat foods that are high in sugar, in the mistaken belief that we are making healthy choices. One of the first steps on the path to your own good health, and a healthy world, is choosing organic food. It is the cornerstone…

Vision

It starts with a great team We have assembled a team of brilliant people who love what they do. It takes passion, dedication, and an understanding of the value of teamwork to accomplish great things. We nurture a high quality and talented team that shares a mutual vision of perfection. Perfecting Dr Earth® The pulse of our company comes from our position at the very heart of innovation. Innovations become our guiding lights. We value them and what they stand for over what they cost us to develop. When you love a company, you follow it into new places to…

Probiotic™: Connecting the soil to your life

  Imagine a baby being born late in the night. The first screams of life fill the hallways of a cold and sterile hospital. The walls are painted white and stainless steel and plastics fill the room. The smell of disinfectants saturates the air, that unmistakable scent of a hospital. The medical team wears plastic gloves and face guards; everything must be of an antibiotic nature, sterile, to prevent any contamination to the child. The doctor looks at the young mother and says, “It’s a healthy boy. What are you going to name him?” “Joseph,” she says. The doctor replies,…
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PreBiotic®

By: Milo Shammas, Founder & Formulator Feeding The Intelligence What if you could apply the latest scientific knowledge of human nutrition—the newest, most revolutionary concepts— to your garden? We mean breakthrough technology on a microscopic level. Now you can. You’ve heard of “probiotics,” and how they benefit human health. Just as these microbes break down food in our digestive tracts—making nutrients available for absorption—they also break down organic matter in soil and make its nutrients available to plants. But what provides food for the living microbes, or “probiotics?” The answer: Prebiotics Prebiotics are full-spectrum green super foods for probiotics. The…

About Biosolids – a dire warning from Milo

The word “biosolids” sounds so deceptively benign. It’s a mild, neutral sort of word that raises no alarms. And that’s no accident. The word was deliberately contrived, (see the Harper’s Magazine article, “Let Them Eat Nutri-cake: Merriam-Webster thinks our ‘biosolids’ don’t stink”) the winner in a contest sponsored by the wastewater treatment industry to come up with a new, more appealing and less disgusting name for what “biosolids” really are: SEWAGE SLUDGE. And EVEN AFTER TREATMENT IT CONTAINS PATHOGENS, HEAVY METALS, PHARMACEUTICALS AND MORE! This was all part of a PR campaign to convince the public that this unsafe byproduct…

Home Grown Tomatoes

  I have never tasted an organically grown tomato that was not delicious. In fact, every home grown organic tomato I have ever tasted has been more delicious than any tomato I have ever bought at the supermarket. Tomatoes are fun and easy to grow once you know the basic growing requirements: sun, water, trellising, good soil, and feeding. Sun Most tomatoes require full sunlight for maximum growth and fruit size, although there are varieties that can tolerate less sunlight than others and still remain very productive. Check with your local nursery professional for those varieties if sunlight is limited…

Foliar Feeding

As organic gardeners, we are constantly reminded to feed our soil, not our plants. But there are circumstances where we want to directly feed our plants through foliar feeding. Foliar feeding can give plants a direct boost of nutrients through their leaves. This is done by means of thousands of microscopic pores on leaf surfaces. These openings, called stomata (Greek: stoma, meaning “mouth”) are located primarily on the underside of the leaves. This prevents them from plugging up with dust and other environmental contaminants and also prevents fungal spores from entering. The primary functions of stomata openings are to permit…

Organic Bulbs

GROWING BULBS ORGANICALLY There is a certain joyful feeling that comes from planting bulbs in the ground and forgetting about them, only to be pleasantly surprised the day they break through the surface several months later. We at Dr. Earth® feel good about the many surprises that the garden offers us at different times of the year, especially the colorful beauty that bulbs provide for that short period of time. Growing bulbs organically is even more rewarding, because we know we have worked within the guidelines that Mother Nature provides. Every time I put a bulb in the ground or…

Bare Root Planting

Dig an extra-large hole, (usually twice the size of the plant’s root structure). Mix the soil from the hole with an equal amount of Dr. Earth® Planting Mix or Dr. Earth® Potting Soil. Put the new soil mixture into the hole to form a mound at the bottom of the hole until the mound is high enough to allow the base of the plant to sit at ground level. Sprinkle some Dr. Earth® Organic 2™ Starter Fertilizer on top of the mound, and scratch into the soil. Place the plant in the hole, arranging the roots around the mound. Hold…

The Magic of Mulching

We, at Dr. Earth®, are great believers in mulching and have practiced it for many years. In our experience, mulching keeps the soil moist and friable—easy to cultivate—and helps to regulate the soil temperature from going to extremes. Mulches also help to keep ground moisture from evaporating and rainwater from splattering mud on your plants and walkways. Mulches also help to suppress weed seeds from germinating, which means less work later, weeding the garden. We have tested just about every kind of mulching material available to us. We found that while all had some benefit to the garden, some were…

Designer Pots

Just because you don't have time, space, or money doesn't mean you CAN'T have a gorgeous garden. Containers, planted pots, and stuffed urns are the new gardens! Anything and everything can be grown in pots, and that's good news for those who don't have the space and are limited on time. Pots are also a great way of dressing hardscapes like concrete, wooden decks, etc. They add focal points, color, and drama. But, great-looking pots don't just happen; they are carefully thought-out and designed, just like putting together a favorite outfit. Try to think of dressing your pots as you…

Creative Outdoor Space

There is a corner in just about every part of our yard that could be used very creatively. We have the four corners that define our property line, but we probably have at least 25 corners when you include all the nooks around the house, garage, and all other structures on our property. This does not even take into consideration all of the green areas such as trees and shrubs that can be used as a focal points to help us create and design our outdoor landscape. Let's consider the 25 corners as 25 creative opportunities to design something totally…

Garden Records

Importance of keeping good garden records As a beginning gardener, I studied seeds that sounded interesting to me. I read the seed packets, planted the seeds, and hoped for the best. This is how my mother did it. Over the years, I learned: • Don't plant beets too close together. (Each ''seed'' is actually several seeds.) • Thin the carrots. (Those growing too close together will be small, and might not form useable roots at all.) • Don't let tomatoes dry out too much before watering them. (Large variations in moisture will cause blossom end rot.) • And I have…

Open Ground Planting

Seeds and Annuals Apply a layer of Dr. Earth® Planting Mix in an even layer, two to six inches deep, over the entire soil surface. Next, apply Dr. Earth® Organic 2™ Starter Fertilizer on top of the planting mix according to the package directions. Cultivate the Planting mix and starter fertilizer into the native soil to a depth of four to eight inches. This should ensure an even, consistent layer of amended soil throughout the garden. Broadcast seeds according to package directions concerning depth, spacing, etc., or transplant all tender young plants directly into the soil, making sure that the…

Digging the Garden

  You dig the soil for three reasons: first, to improve aeration; second, to improve structure; third, to incorporate organic matter and fertilizers that add nutrients to the soil. Gardens that have been badly neglected will need to be cleared before they can be dug. Normally, on a very overgrown plot, a trimmer will be needed to cut down the vegetation or, if you have the energy, a cultivator can be used. Compost or recycle all the perennial weeds, making sure that all weed seeds are far from the garden. Then, dig the plot. Generally, you must turn the soil…

Giant Pumpkins

  Giant Pumpkin Secret Growing Instructions and Tips Selecting a Planting Site Select a sunny place in your garden. Giant pumpkins thrive best in strong sunshine. The larger the area, the better (500-1000 sq. ft.), but smaller areas have been successfully planted too. An area that receives eight to twelve hours of sunlight per day is ideal. Preparing the Soil and Mound 1.) The best pumpkins come from the best-prepared soil. Dig a hole, 40''-48'' deep, 3'-5' in diameter, and mix the soil well with 6-8 bags (8-12 cubic feet) of soil amendments such as Dr. Earth® Planting Mix. More…

Kids’ Secret Gardens

  To kids, young and old, a garden is a big world filled with possibilities. Even the simplest garden can be a place of mystery and excitement, but gardens can offer so much more. The best ones are filled with special places—sunny spots, trellises dripping with sweet raspberries and crisp sugary peas, pumpkin vines rampaging on fences, clumps of milky corn on the cob to be gathered and nibbled, each small kernel popping creamy sweetness, vast pools of nasturtiums with nectar to be sucked, snapdragons to be snapped, ants to watch for hours, clouds to see strange worlds in, jungles…

Teaching Kids to Garden

MY PERSONAL STORY My mother was my gardening teacher from the time I was five years old. She would build my enthusiasm before she took me out to the garden to help dig a hole or help with a little weeding. My mom knew that I was kid with a short attention span, so she would only push me as hard as she knew I would enjoy. She put me in charge—or at least, I thought I was in charge—of amending the soil. I remember she would have soil bags next to the vegetable plot every year. It was my…

Soil Structure

  It is well worth knowing a bit about soil's actual composition. Correct analysis of the soil is one of the key elements in the success of growing certain types of plants. The kind of soil you have in your garden—along with other factors such as climate and rainfall—determine which particular plants you can grow. Since the soil is made up of mineral particles to which organic matter has been added, the nature of a particular soil depends on the nature of the underlying rock. If you live in a river valley—where particles have been ground down to form silt…

Multiplying Your Plants

  Plants grown from seed, cuttings, or division are a good way of inexpensively increasing the number or plants in your garden. I have done this for years and saved a lot of money, a few tricks will help you too! Growing From Seeds This is much less expensive and can be more fun than buying cuttings or mature plants. Annuals like poppies and nasturtiums can be raised easily from seed and will often self-seed once established. Just make sure you get them from a good source. I trust my local independent nursery for guidance and directions. The simplest method…

Growing Organic Citrus

  Every home should have at least one citrus tree in the garden, where suited to the climate, to provide delicious fruits packed with vitamin C. Few things beat a freshly picked juicy tangerine just off the tree, or squeezing a little fresh lemon juice on your organic salad. Citrus trees have shiny evergreen leaves, fragrant flowers, and attractive fruits that hang for months without dropping. In northern climates, you can grow dwarf citrus trees in containers and bring them indoors during the winter. Selecting Trees There are so many types of citrus that you may have trouble deciding which…

Growing Organic Avocados

  Avocado trees are attractive, broad-leaved evergreens. The yellow-green flesh of the fruits is rich in oil and protein. They are easy to grow outdoors in most of California, Florida, and Texas. They also make attractive houseplants but will not bear fruit indoors. Selecting Trees Avocado trees mature to a height of 15 to 45 feet and are as wide as they are high, so give them plenty of space. Mexican types have dark, rough skins and are hardy to about 22° F. Guatemalan and West Indian hybrids have smooth, green skins and are less hardy. Not all cultivars are…

Natural Lawn Care

  The way to a lush green lawn begins with an understanding of how lawns grow and a respect for the needs of the grass plants. Misunderstanding and mistakes abound, especially in the areas of mowing, watering, and fertilizing. Let’s take a look at these aspects of lawn care. Mowing How high or low you set the mower blade is based on the needs of the grass plants at the time, and that can change with the seasons. But one of the biggest mistakes people make is setting the blades too low. Their theory is that by cutting the grass…

Fertilizer Feeding Guide

Organic Fertilizer Feeding Guide Dr. Earth® organic fertilizer products were designed for today's gardeners who care not only for the environment in their own backyard, but also for that of the entire planet. Our products were created to meet the highest standard of fertility needs for your entire garden, in a natural way. Dr. Earth® fertilizers have a unique blend of superior organic ingredients that actually invigorate and improve the biological life in your soil. This is accomplished by supplying PRO-BIOTIC™ beneficial soil microbes, plus ecto and endo mycorrhizae, which feed the fiber of a living soil, releasing natural organic…

Growing Organic Herbs

  Outside of my kitchen I have four wine barrels full of herbs. Just about every night, I harvest a variety of herbs and mix them into my salad, something I love to do. I grow mint, mustard greens, basil, thyme, rosemary, parsley, coriander, and several other types of herbs that are stunning in color and taste. Nothing dresses up a plate of food like fresh picked herbs; they add excitement to flavor and presentation. Where Do I Start? Starting with a good idea of what you like to eat will help to simplify the choices and make your job…

Growing Organic Apples

  Biting into a crisp apple picked fresh from your own tree is so rewarding and full of nutrition. You may never taste anything quite so delicious. Growing apples organically is easy if you follow a few basic rules. Once you have grown a successful crop, tasted the fruit of your labor, you will never want to bite into a store bought apple again. Selecting Trees Since apple trees take at least several years to bear fruit, it pays to select trees carefully before you invest time and energy in them. Consider these factors: Apple trees come in wide range…

Planting Trees & Shrubs

Select a site with good drainage and the proper sun exposure. If water stands, or the soil is often soggy, a raised planter may be preferable. Dig a hole twice as wide as the root structure, and almost as deep as the root ball. Create a soil blend by mixing one part your soil with one part Dr. Earth® Planting Mix along with Dr. Earth® Starter Fertilizer according to product directions. Remove container and carefully score and loosen the sides and the bottom of the root ball. Plant so that the top of the root ball rests one inch above…

Preparing a Seed Bed

  Seeds need plenty of air in the soil if they are to germinate successfully. Soil in which seeds are to be sown directly has to be much finer in texture than normal garden soil. All stones, bits of twigs and clods of soil should be broken down and then raked over the soil. Leave the seedbed for a month before sowing. Then rake again. Water well before and after sowing, using the shower setting on your hose. All of these steps will help to ensure a good start. Starting From Seed Start with good quality seeds you can trust.…

Container Vegetables

  Container Vegetable Gardens A 4 foot by 8 foot balcony is all you need to grow enough organic vegetables to satisfy your hungry appetite. When space is limited in your garden, or if you live in an apartment or just do not want to invest time in a full-scale vegetable garden, you can still enjoy homegrown vegetables within reach of your kitchen. Growing organic vegetables in containers is rewarding and easy. Just pay close attention to a few important rules and you can invest minimal amounts of time to harvest an abundance of organic vegetables. The tips in this…

Compost Tea

Soil Drench Apply tea directly to the soil. Note: Expect to see solid material at the bottom of the bucket. Do not throw this solid material away. Spread these solids as nutrient-rich mulch around any plant in the garden. That's it! Tea is fun in the sun! Sit back and watch your plants grow. PROBIOTIC™ Dr. Earth Organic Fertilizer Tea For a rich tea made from Dr. Earth's® Organic Fertilizer, mix 2 pounds, or 5 cups of fertilizer for every 5 gallons of water. Let the mixture set for 24 hours. Strain well and mulch all the solids around the…

Repotting and Transplanting

  My many years of experience have proven that repotting plants increases health potential and overall plant growth. There is nothing complicated about moving or repotting plants unless they are enormous. A large tree, for example, will require professional help, but the principles are still the same. Potting Plants The health of a potted plant will start to deteriorate if it has out-grown its container. Roots trailing from the bottom of the pot, leaf drop, and depleted soil are signs that the plant needs repotting. One or two pot sizes larger will usually be sufficient. Don't be too eager to…

Pet Safe Garden

  Animal health begins in the soil, healthy soil provides nutrients to grow healthy plants, and healthy plants are then consumed by animals. Your garden is the center of nourishment for your entire family, including your pets. When growing your fruits and vegetables keep in mind that much of the harvest should be designated for your pets. You should grow enough produce to feed both your family and your pets. Many gardeners design a garden with pet safety in mind. Your garden can have many purposes, to provide you with nutrients, and a natural environment to enjoy for both you…

Harvesting and Storing

  Most organic gardeners make excellent resolutions about producing much of the family's food. We plan extensive canning and freezing sessions to regularly use up the ever-mounting harvests that we intend to take from the garden. But the reality is that we are usually so busy with other things that the resolution falls apart. Although the arts of canning, making chutney, or even drying foods are mysteries to many of us, once mastered, they provide a surprisingly satisfying and easy way to fill a sizable pantry with the finest quality foods, for use in the winter months. Preparing food for…

Planting in Containers

  Choosing a Container It is important to choose a container that is big enough to accommodate the plant's future growth. Next, check that the container has sufficient drain holes. Good drainage is very important! Transplanting Fill the container with Dr. Earth® Potting Soil until it is filled to a level that allows the base of the plant to sit one inch below the top of the container. Add Dr. Earth® Organic 2™ Starter Fertilizer according to the package directions. Holding the plant in the desired position, continue to fill in around the roots with potting soil and fertilizer mixture…

Gardening Basics

  Enriching the Soil In nature, dead or rotting vegetation, animal manure, and decaying animal remains provide adequate nutrition for the soil. As man removes the crops or gardens he grows, he must replenish the soil with organic material to maintain a healthy and productive soil. It's a simple concept. You must replace what you take out. Digging Despite the activity of earthworms, burrowing animals, and penetrating plant roots, untended soil is still relatively hard and compacted. We can improve the texture by digging, or turning over the soil, to allow oxygen and water into the soil. Seeding In nature,…

Growing Organic Apricots

  Growing organic apricots can be a little bit challenging, but the sweet, aromatic fruit makes it well worth your effort. This juicy and naturally sweet fruit is one of my favorites to eat right off of the tree. Selecting Trees Doing a little research ahead of time, can help you to choose the tree best suited for your climate and will provide the best chance for success. Some apricots are self-fruiting; others need a second tree for cross-pollination. While winter-hardy, if you chose a variety that blooms too early for your climate you may lose its crop due to…

Growing Organic Roses

  Few flowers can compete with the elegance and beauty of roses. Throughout history, and throughout the world, roses have been associated with beautifully maintained estate gardens. The good news is that you don’t have to be born rich, or own a large estate, to be able to enjoy a gorgeous rose garden. All you have to do is go to your local independent garden center to find a wide variety of roses you can plant at home and then learn the basic principles. When you grow your roses organically, they are free of pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals that…

Genetically Modified Organisms

GMO’s and Plant Health, what’s the big deal? “Not one man in a thousand has accuracy of eye and judgment sufficient to become an eminent breeder. If gifted with these qualities , and he studies his subject for years, and devotes his lifetime to it with indomitable perseverance, he will succeed, and will make great improvements; if he wants any of these qualities, he will assuredly fail” - Charles Darwin A genetically modified organism (GMO) has had its DNA decoded and manipulated to create something different than what has developed naturally. The technique used is called genetic engineering or recombinant…

Chicken Manure in “Organic” Fertilizers and Soils—Can you say “cheap cheap?”

For the same reason that “sewage sludge” was deliberately renamed as “biosolids,” plain old “chicken manure” has now been linguistically elevated on the labels of bagged “organic” soils and fertilizers. And the reason is simple; when you have an excess of something, clever marketing helps dispose of it. Whether you call it “poultry waste,” “composted chicken manure,” “dried poultry waste,” or “poultry litter,” chicken manure is still the same old inexpensive filler, with a new twist: a growing list of environmental concerns. I believe there was a time when manures— like steer manure and chicken manure—were actually very good ingredients…
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Keep America Strong

If you made a purchase today, did you ask yourself if you were helping our country, or hurting it? It’s easy to reach for that item with the lowest price—imported from China or sold in a huge chain store—and not think about the consequences. But where’s the “bargain” in undermining local, independent businesses and, in turn, our nation’s economy? The values of our homes have gone down. Our friends and young graduates can't find a decent job, largely because our factories can't compete with cheap imported products. Yet we, as consumers, help contribute to our own financial demise. The family-owned…

The Organic Revolution

There are proven methods that farmers can use worldwide to sustain profits, address hunger and malnutrition, and renew ecological health. To feed the world in the most effective manner, a vast movement of scientists, development experts, farming associations and environmentalists is calling for a new emphasis on sustainable agriculture. This is an extreme opposite from current practices. ''The Green Movement” New research shows that the latest ecological approaches to organic agriculture offer affordable, readily usable ways to increase yields and access to nutritional foods in Third World countries. The organic method, applied to agriculture, can feed the world and may…

Botany 101

  Over the years, I have had the pleasure of introducing countless numbers of people to plant science. My desire to relate the wonders of plant biology, and its relationship to our daily lives, inspired me to write this article. The science of botany is divided into various disciplines, each having its specialties. Among them, cytology (Greek: kytos, meaning “container”) is the detailed study of cells. Study of the form and structure of plants is the work of morphologists (Greek: morphe, meaning “form”). Most gardeners are more familiar with morphology than with cytology. Basic understanding of how plants function makes…

Homegrown Medicine

By Milo Lou Shammas, Founder and Formulator The healing power of herbs Mankind’s history of using herbal medicines far predates modern medical doctors. For thousands of years, the use of herbs for healing was common practice. Asians were the best documenters of herbal medicine. Throughout history, populations from the Near East (Lebanese and Phoenicians) to the Far East (Chinese) have used herbs for healing and health maintenance. The experiences of billions of people across the Earth, over centuries, provide better proof of the efficacy of herbs than clinical studies involving a few thousands ever could. Even today, herbal healing is…

The Organic Method

  There is nothing mysterious or magical about organic gardening. It is simply a way of working with nature rather than against it. The objective is to recycle organic matter back into the soil, to maintain soil structure and fertility, and to encourage natural methods of pest and disease control, rather than relying on chemicals. It is, in fact, a lot less mysterious than the methods employed by the chemical grower. Organic gardening is much more than just growing plants without chemical fertilizers and artificial sprays. It is a lifestyle. It recognizes that that the complex workings of nature have…

The Living Soil

  Some 450 million years ago, plants first spread out over the land. As slow colonization progressed, an interaction began between the underlying rock and the remains of plants. Soil, in all its various forms, was gradually being produced and eventually became the land form upon which all life on Earth ultimately depends. The ability of animals to move allows them freedom to choose favorable habitats, even under changing conditions. A plant, on the other hand, is usually in one place for life, its root system hidden, and its destiny dependent on the soil for anchorage, nutrients and moisture. Plants…

Probiotic™: Connecting the soil to your life

  Imagine a baby being born late in the night. The first screams of life fill the hallways of a cold and sterile hospital. The walls are painted white and stainless steel and plastics fill the room. The smell of disinfectants saturates the air, that unmistakable scent of a hospital. The medical team wears plastic gloves and face guards; everything must be of an antibiotic nature, sterile, to prevent any contamination to the child. The doctor looks at the young mother and says, “It’s a healthy boy. What are you going to name him?” “Joseph,” she says. The doctor replies,…
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The Organic Lifestyle

  We are what we eat There is a huge and growing interest in eating more of the foods that nourish and protect the mind, body, and soul. However, while many of us want to eat healthy, we don't always know the best way to go about it. We may buy low-sugar foods with high salt content or low-fat foods that are high in sugar, in the mistaken belief that we are making healthy choices. One of the first steps on the path to your own good health, and a healthy world, is choosing organic food. It is the cornerstone…

Planting with Nature

  If your soil presents specific problems with its structure—for example, being very wet or very dry—rather than expend great quantities of energy trying to bring it closer to the norm, you can always copy nature, and grow those plants that will thrive naturally in such conditions. For instance, if you have an area of land in your garden that has poor drainage, often caused by heavy clay soil, you have the ideal conditions in which to create a bog garden. The virtues of a bog garden are that the plants that thrive there are usually large and lush with…

Farm to Fork

  ''The nutrition that your fruits and vegetables provide you is only as good as the nutrition you provide your soil.'' I said this publically on July 17, 1992, at a community garden in Los Angeles. This statement is more important today than it was then, and it will be even more important in another 20 years. You are what you eat Our politicians and leaders of the agribusiness and food industries assure us that the American food supply is the highest quality and the most nutritious in the world, that we Americans enjoy the greatest food choices, and that…

Diversity is Key to Abundance

  In the natural world, diversity is the perfect model for sustainable ecosystems. Diversity is a major factor in preventing pest and disease build-up because of the way in which organisms interact. When any one species becomes dominant in an area, its predators will move in to take advantage of the bounty. Eventually, they will reduce the numbers of the dominant species, restoring the balance of Nature. In the past, farmers relied on natural methods of farming because chemicals were not available to them. Now, it is possible to grow crops as monocultures, because the use of pesticides has given…

Clean Water, Clean Lakes

  The Connection Between Fertilizer and Water Quality Water quality starts at home Clean water in our lakes, reservoirs and streams starts at home with basic practices you can incorporate into your lawn and garden care program. There is a pipeline from your garden to a body of water. Regardless of where you live, you are a part of a watershed —a region where water flows across or under on its way to a lake, river, stream or ocean. Year-round lawn and garden care practices impact water quality even if you don't live near a body of water. The problem:…

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Humic Acid

  Humic Acid What is humic acid? Humic acid is derived from leonardite shale and is among the most concentrated organic material available. Elemental analysis of humic acid has shown it to consist largely of carbon and oxygen (about 50% and 40% respectively). It also contains hydrogen (about 5%), nitrogen (about 3%), phosphorous and sulfur (both less than 1%). Humic acid is a complex of closely related macromolecules. These molecules range in size from less than 1000 to more than 100,000 daltons, with the lower mass representing the younger material. The exact composition of humic acid varies from one source…

Final Stop® Sprays

Dr. Earth® Final Stop® Insect Killers, Fungicides & Herbicides. By: Milo Shammas, Founder & Formulator In many instances, even a combination of cultural, physical and biological controls won’t be enough to remedy a pest problem. In these cases you will face the choice of losing your harvest, flowers, and valuable plants or using Dr. Earth® Final Stop® Insect Sprays. Farmers and homeowners used botanical pesticides to control both indoor and outdoor pests long before synthetic pesticides were formulated in the mid-1900s. Some of the earliest insecticides were extracted from plants growing in tropical forests and other natural environments, now grown…

Mycorrhizae

Mycorrhizae What are mycorrhizae? The word ''mycorrhizae'' is derived from the Greek words: mykes—meaning fungus, and rhiza—meaning root. Mycorrhizae are specialized, beneficial fungi that establish symbiotic relationships with plant roots. It is estimated that as much as 90% of the world’s land plants develop some kind of symbiosis with mycorrhizae. How do they work? The mycorrhizal fungi penetrate growing plant root tissues, surround the root mass, and extend far into the surrounding soil, encompassing a much greater volume of soil than that occupied by the plant's own roots and root hair system. The fungi's long thread-like mycelia are especially effective…

How Dr.Earth® Soils & Fertilizers Work

  Feed the Soil That Feeds Your Plants© By: Milo Shammas, Founder & Formulator Our fertilizer and soil blends include not only the nutrients your plants need but also Tru-Biotic®, five champion strains of beneficial soil microbes plus ecto and endo-mycorrhizae. Mycorrhizae carry out a wide range of functions, such as developing a symbiotic relationship with your garden plants, trees, and lawn for increased support in absorbing nutrients and water from the soil environment. These beneficial soil microbes help to breakdown organic material, making the material more readily available for absorption by the plant roots. A reduction in fertilizer applications…

Perfect pH

  Plant pH Preference By: Milo Shammas, Founder & Formulator Proper pH gets results Basic requirements for a successful garden are highly visible, such as sunlight, water, and organic amendments. Unfortunately, you cannot see pH. It is a hidden abstraction buried deep in the soil, but an understanding of pH is invaluable. For example, proper pH makes it easier for roots to absorb essential nutrients, so it supports plant growth. Neglect of this important consideration of plant fertility will result in poor growth. Many times, gardeners will diagnose a plant as being chlorotic (nitrogen, iron, or magnesium deficient) and will…

ProMoisture Hydrate®

The Promise of Dr. Earth® Pro-Moisture Hydrate® "Keeping the intelligence alive" By: Milo Shammas, Founder & Formulator A report on a patented scientific advancement in the viability of microbes in packaged soils In 1991, I invented the concept of infusing fertilizers and soils with beneficial soil microbes and mycorrhizae, utilizing "Nature's Intelligence©." My Dr. Earth® products with ProBiotic™ revolutionized the lawn and garden industry and changed expectations of customers. Now other companies, with the best of intentions, sell products believed to include living organisms. However, my continuing scientific research has revealed serious discrepancies between laboratory conditions and conditions typically found…

ProBiotic™ Soil Microbes

  Natures Intelligence Pure & Simple The Importance of soil microbes The soil is alive! Below our feet and invisible to the naked eye, tiny microbes—the great digesters of the earth—constantly break down organic material into a more usable forms that plant roots can identify, absorb, and ultimately incorporate for new growth. This material includes complex organic compounds, such as tannins, lignins, proteins, carbohydrate, cellulose, pectin, etc. Healthy soil should contain no less than 10,000,000 bacteria per gram. The presence of microbes ensures that nutrients are made available to plants at a steady rate. While the plants are actively growing—and…

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