This month I would like to talk a little about our Organic liquid humate. This is such a great product and is increasingly becoming more popular as users are seeing the magnificent results they are achieving in their own gardens.
Ok so what is liquid humate? Well, the three main ingredients of liquid humate are Carbon, humic and fulvic acids along with various trace elements. As well as feeding beneficial organisms in the soil, humate stimulates and increases the soil biology ensuring both healthier and tasting fruit and vegetables. Flowers and roses benefit as well through more vigorous growth which accentuates the colours.
By adding humic acid directly to the soil, you can quickly improve numerous aspects of both the soil health and the health of the grasses, plants, and crops growing in the soil. Liquid Humate is a fantastic soil amendment that improves both clay and sandy soils.
Some of the key benefits of liquid humates:
- Stimulates beneficial soil microorganisms.
- Penetrates the soil quickly, going directly to the roots for rapid absorption.
- It helps to “soften” and restructure hard clay soils.
- Adds “body” and nutrients to sandy soils.
- Certified organic
How to use – (in case you missed the last blog):
- Mix the liquid humate to the recommended rate (shown on back of bottle) and have plants soak in it for a few seconds prior to planting. This is so beneficial and will get the plants off to the best possible start.
- Pour the remainder out of the bucket once planting is completed into a watering can and pour over the foliage of the plants that have just been planted – this reinforces the benefits that you will receive. Any surplus can go onto other plants that are nearby.
Using every 7 – 10 days will optimize your gardens overall health and as we all know healthy plants don’t always get as many bugs/insects.
Plant Summer Vegetables: November is an ideal time to start planting summer vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, and eggplant. Note that New Zealand does have quite a varied climate so choose the varieties that will suit the area that you live in.
Herb Garden: Create a herb garden with herbs like basil, parsley, oregano, and mint. Herbs thrive here in New Zealand’s climate and are great for adding fresh flavours to your dishes. Making a fresh herb dry rub for your next BBQ can add a whole new dimension to the flavour of your meats and fish. The fresh herbs you use can be down to personal preference, but a good rule of thumb is Rosemary, parsley, sage, or basil go well with beef. Tarragon, basil, oregano and coriander go nicely with chicken.