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Gardening Series, Part 12
Nature Shift for Soil Balancing
Plus helpful tips and resources.
from the Question Line Duo

Update: April 7, 2019

The Gardening Series

bowl shift

As you know, healthy, balanced soil is going to be critical to the health and growth of your plants. You're putting in a lot of time and effort now to prepare your soil. Let's take it up a notch!

In addition to the obvious, you might be surprised to learn that severe weather events, pollution and other man-made environmental damage, unchecked personal stress or stress from serious global events can also affect your soil.

To give your soil an extra balancing and stabilizing boost, use your ETS for Soil and Essence of Perelandra (EoP).

This won't take long and compared to all that wake-up-the-over-wintered-body work you've been doing out in your garden, this step will be a breeze.

Gut Gardeners

Follow the instructions for each of these Solutions provided in their brochures. If you lost your brochure, you'll find them here:


ETS for Soil Brochure »
Follow the "Instructions for Use" section. Depending on the size of your garden or containers, you'll either be using

  • SOIL AND LAND APPLIED DOSAGES, or

  • STEPS FOR APPLYING TO LARGE AREAS.


Essence of Perelandra Brochure »
When you administer EoP to your garden, you provide an exceptional foundation of balance to that area. Use the same five steps as written for administering EoP to projects and goals, only now you will focus on your garden soil. The steps are at the top of page 7 in the brochure.

2.0 Gardeners

You will need two small, clean, clear glass bowls or clear drinking glasses with wide bottoms and two labels that won't blow away. (We often use plant markers.)

In The Perelandra Garden Workbook, follow the steps on pages 202-203, "Nature Shift for Soil Balancing."

TPGW p202

TPGW p165

If you have finished your aerating, fertilizing and tilling, open your Garden Workbook to pages 165-168, "The Final Stage: Rolling On."

Review this information to make sure you aren't forgetting any other preparations for planting.


An important reminder about seed or plant substitutions.

seed check

Sometimes a seed or plant variety seems to magically disappear from the planet between the time you test and the time your orders start arriving. If any variety of seed or plant that you tested for earlier is now out of stock, you need to carefully choose your substitutions. Connect with your partner (nature) and tell them you need "an alternate or equal variety" to put in place of the plant or seed that is no longer available. Then test your available options.

After all of your careful testing and planning of your garden and layout, you don't want to add in a new variety that would throw the balance off and require you to do all those charts over again with a new seed and plant list!

Who knew?! There have been a number of times when we need a replacement or substitution and all of our go-to seed sources come up empty. Guess where we've been lucky to find the perfect seeds?! Etsy! The seeds often come from avid home gardeners and arrive lovingly packed with sweet notes.

  • Etsy.com
    Hint: Put the seed variety you're looking for in the search box, don't just search the word "seeds."

We've been saved by eBay a few times as well.

And here's one more good seed and plant source we didn't include the first time around:

See the end of Part 3 of this series for more sources.


Finding fertilizers, mulch and other soil amendments.

fertilizing

We often get calls from folks having trouble locating good sources of clean, healthy soil amendments and mulches. Here are a few tips and thoughts we'd like to share.

READ LABELS!
You do need to be careful and read labels on your fertilizers, soil mixes and mulches to be sure you aren't unintentionally adding sludge or other unwanted chemicals to your garden. "All Natural" on the label does not mean organic. We've read the labels on some bags that appear at a glance to be perfect and healthy, but on closer look, contain serious warning labels for pregnant women, small children and animals who may walk on that soil.

Fertilizers
You probably have more available to you locally than you realize. Unless you are in the middle of a big city, there's a good chance you've got farm supply stores or farmers cooperatives within driving distance. Our local farm co-ops carry a nice range of organic fertilizers.

If your local farmers markets have opened, ask the farmers where they get their supplies.

Google! You can find some good resources online. For smaller quantities and liquid fertilizers, online ordering may be a good option.

Mulch
This is a "think creatively" suggestion: Are there timber companies or small businesses that use logs from timbering to make wood products in your area? Find out if they offer mulch. There is a small company near us that makes oak staves for barrels. They grind the waste into a fantastic high quality hardwood mulch available at a great price. You just need to have (or borrow or rent) a pick-up truck. They use their tractor to load it in your truck and charge by the tractor bucketful.

New to gardening?
Some of us Perelandra garden assistants had never really gardened before and one thing we learned: There are products called boosters, biostimulants or "inoculants" that are used when planting to boost some varieties of seeds such as beans, peas and legumes. Ask nature if you are to add any of these when planting. Order them now, so you aren't desperately searching for the inoculant you need at planting time. These come in a range of quality. Again, check the labels.

Some good online resources for inoculants, fertilizers and other soil amendments:


If you feel overwhelmed, get stuck or have questions about these instructions, call our Question Hot Line. We enjoy helping you through blocks, and keeping the steps manageable and simple.

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