Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Happy Frog Cavern Culture Fertilizer. This item really shines it two areas. The first is it is an amazing source of phosphorus and it is primary made up of rock dust and guano. The guano is a combination of sea bird and bat manure. This phosphorus content is highly beneficial to the flowering phase of plants.
The other big benefit is a large variety of beneficial soil micro organisms, most of which at mycorrhizal fungi strains. This is why it is such a great compliment to Dynomyco Premium Mycorrhizal Inoculant by adding fungal variety and an exceptional mineral content it really helps making your started plants robust.
However the phosphorus content really again helps with flowering stages. What this means is when those peppers, tomatoes, squash, egg plant, etc. start to put on blooms it is a great time to apply this in the garden as well. Right at the base of the plant, perhaps even pulling back a bit of soil and watering it in.
I will add that this product is another one that is highly prized in the cannabis space where the flowering stage is clearly the most important when it comes to yield. Honestly the greatest innovations and developments in fertility and plant starting and cloning have all come from the cannabis world in the last 15-20 years.
The reason is simple, the crops are high dollar and yield per square foot is everything. Never hesitate to look at what cannabis growers are using because they always use the very best of current growing technology and at the same time, staying fully organic is very important to them as well.
So other than the 1-12-0 NPK what is going on here? Well while not listed bat guano and sea bird guano contains a large number of minerals. Bat and sea bird guano are rich in a variety of minerals, including nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sulfur.
In addition to these macronutrients, guano may also contain trace amounts of other minerals such as iron, zinc, copper, and manganese. These minerals are essential for plant growth and are commonly used as fertilizer in agriculture.
Again though you are also infusing your root system with an awesome assortment of soil microorganisms. These include….
- Glomus intraradices
- Gloums aggregatum
- Glomus mosseae
- Glomus etunicatum
- Laccaria bicolor
- Laccaria laccata
- Pisolithus tinctorius
- Rhizopogon villosulus
- Rhizopogon amylopogon
- Rhizopogon fulvigleba
- Rhizopogon luteolus
- Scleroderma cepa
- Scleroderma citrinum
- Suillus granulatus
- Suillus punctatipes
Now the big magic! The above fungal organisms are specifically those which improve phosphorus uptake in plants. They are not just there by happenstance they were chosen for phosphorus uptake.
Now the other thing going on here is diversity of minerals, mineral forms, microorganism strains, etc. Note I recommend mineral supplements like green sand, rock dust, basalt dust, etc. I also recommend Dr. Earth 4-4-4 as your main fertilizer along with other mineral supplements like kelp meal and liquid kelp and Garret Juice as a foliar spray. The Dr. Earth brings a ton of strains of beneficial colony forming bacterial strains to the party as well.
Each of these done in small amounts over time builds up extensively the bio and mineral diversity in your garden. There is no need for large amounts of any of these things and across time you should use less, especially if you adopt biochar into your composting and animal systems.
I added this stuff this year though because I feel it is kind of a final kick and gives those fruiting plants like peppers, tomatoes, egg plants, cucumbers, etc. that big phosphorus kick for blooming and fruiting. But I use it on everything. I mix about a solo cup of it into a large bag of potting soil along with other things for my starts. When I plant out started plants a pinch of this, a pinch of DR. earth and a pinch of Dynomyco Premium Mycorrhizal Inoculant goes in the hole. When fruiting plants start to flower I put a pinch at the base and water it in.
The results have been amazing and I highly recommend this product for use in your garden. If you use it as I do even on a large garden it will easily last a season from a bag. I do suggest in the fall if you have any left you spread it over your entire garden and water it in, because about a season is how long you can expect the microorganisms to survive in an inert state.
So check out Happy Frog Cavern Culture Fertilizer today and you and your plants will both be glad you did!
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