Grow the Best Garden by Building the Best Organic Soil

This is John Kohler with
I have another exciting episode for you, and I’m on yet another fieldtrip here. We’re
in San Rafael, California, so if you live in Marin County or even San Francisco, this
is gonna be a valuable resource for you. The way I learned about this place—actually
called Marin Soil Solutions—is actually through a viewer. So if you’re that viewer
that said “Hey, John, have you heard about Marin Soil Solutions?” thank you! Because
that’s how I heard about it firs.t it’s all through word of mouth, because they haven’t
done a lot of advertising or anything like that. Anyways, we’re at 3095 Cerner Avenue,
actually right off Highway 101 where it actually interests with 580, literally. And we’re
at Unit B and this place is open from Monday through Friday, nine to four or by appointment.
And what they do here specifically is they basically will build your soil organically,
whether they do it or they’ll teach you how and provide the things you need to build
your soil so that you can get higher production, healthier plants, and actually some of the
best tasting grub you’ve ever grown. So let’s come inside where I’m gonna share
some of the secrets with you today. Now we’re inside Marin Soil Solutions, and
this is 2what you’ll see when you enter. They got a whole display of down to earth,
all natural fertilizers. And, you know, I might talk about some of these, but there’s
a couple products in the warehouse and back and some of the things they’re doing that’s
really impressive that I’ll share with you in a minute. But before I do, I want to talk
more about the company here, and the number one thing I like is that this is a small,
locally owned company. Actually two old college friends reconnected after a period of time,
and they were into gardening and they learned about how to grow food and grow plants better.
Actually through this book here, which is called Teaming with Microbes.
So this started as a hobby businesses—and those are the best kind of businesses, the
businesses that you want to be at every day. You wake up, you go you work, and you’re
so excited to be at work! Because you love what you’re doing and you’re passionate
about it. And that’s how I am with my business, and I’ll give my business a plug, if you
guys don’t know about it. It’s And that’s how they feel here as well. They’re
really into this stuff because they learned that it really works. And now they’re able
to help people like you and me grow better food, grow better plants at home, and even
for commercial and even cities because of it. And this whole business started because
of this book Teaming with Microbes: A Gardner’s Guide to the Soil Food Web. And because of
this book, they started this business to make some of the products and make some of the
ideas that’s contained within this book available to you. So I highly encourage you
guys, if you don’t have this book, hit up and buy this book and read it.
Because it’ll change your thoughts about agriculture and how things should be grown.
The next thing I want to share with you guys, probably the most important thing here, one
of the daily things they have, and it’s actually Six Keys to a Successful Healthy
Garden. Number one, right plant, right place. So that’s very important. You don’t want
to plant tomatoes in the middle of winter underneath an oak tree, right. Not the right
time, not the right place. Nothing like that. So chose the right plant for you climate,
and also plant this right place tomatoes, like really full sun.
Number two, proper irrigation. Irrigation’s very important. Plants need water to survive
much like we need food and water to survive as well. Next is mulch. You want to use some
good mulch. I have a couple videos on using woodchips as a mulch. Number four, good compost.
Compost is king and some of the other things we’ll see in here are queen. There’s multiple
queens. So number five, aerated compost tea—and they brew a specific kind of compost tea that
we brew here in a minute and show you guys how they do that. And finally, organic fertilizers
if needed. If you build your soil, then you don’t actually need to use fertilizers,
you can actually utilize some of the nutrients already in the soil.
So that’s what we’re gonna learn about today, some of the different products they
sell that’ll allow you to build better soil and some of the products that’ll build your
products best, they don’t even sell. So wrap that around your head for a little minute
while we show you some of the items they sell so you can build your own soil. Because on
this list, good compost is very important. So why don’t we talk about that next.
There’s many different types of compost out there. You can go to a big box store and
buy a bag of compost or [inaudible] is you live in Sonoma County, you can go to Sonoma
Compost, which is where I get my compost, and they make a fairly good compost from what
I’ve seen. Because I’ve been all over and seen compost they give away for free in
like west Palm Beach, Florida, and all that stuff. I don’t call it compost, I call that
stuff a mulch. You guys get their compost, you need to literally sit in your yard, I
don’t know keep it in your yard for another six months to a year and it’ll finally break
down into a good compost. So compost is King and what they recommend here is actually get
a good quality compost or better than getting a good quality compost, just make your own,
people! If you have a couple trees in your yard, neighbors with trees, you’re eating
fruits and vegetables and have food scraps. Pile is all up and make your own compost.
The first way to build your own compost is with something like this. This is actually
called a passive compost bin, and they sell this for fifty-five dollars here. What it
is it’s basically some standard galvanized fencing, and they basically take some wood
and put it on the edges so you’re not gonna get cut up, and they’ll sell it to you for
fifty-five bucks or you can actually just make one yourself. It’s very simple. The
main thing is it needs to be a nice, large diameter. Four feet round, and this is one
that they should how it’s being used. You literally take all your leaves, and I was
just on the east coast and it saddens me when I see people just piling up their leaves and
bagging it up for the garbage company to take. Leaves are a very important resource that
you have onsite. You should definitely build a pile, pile them up, leave them in the back
of your house to compost down so you can build compost to feed your plants. Cause this is
how nature works and we want to model nature. This composter is nice and handy because it
contains everything. You could put leaves in there, put some food scraps in there. And
I always recommend you got to mix the ratios, the carbon to the nitrogen, but even if you
don’t want to mess with all that, just pile it up and compost will happen. Be sure to
check my other videos where I have specific videos on how to compost just right so you
can get the best results. And the quickest results the first time.
So what we’re gonna do next is we’re gonna show you guys a couple other ways you can
actually compost to start building your soil, especially if you can’t go outside to access
your compost bin. In the wintertime, you can compost inside and there’s two ways you
could do this. So let’s go ahead and show those to you guys next.
If you’re concerned that you can compost in the wintertime, cause it’s too cold outside,
next I’m gonna share with you guys two ways you can compost indoors.
The first way is the easiest one, it’s actually this guy. This is called an “all season’s
indoor composter.” So unlike many composters, this uses actually a special technology from
Japan, and it’s actually called bokashi. And this bokashi’s an anaerobic composting
method. And what you do with this is you put your food scraps in something like this, like
a five gallon bucket, and there’s a couple levels in there and whatnot, trays to keep
the air holes, separate out the liquids. And what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna put
your food waste in there, and it says you can even put meat and bones and dairy and
paper and food scraps and put some of this stuff in here, which is an EM or Essential
Microbes—once again, it’s a bacteria—and you’re gonna inoculate your food scraps.
The EMs will start breaking down your food and produce a really rich nutrient solution
for your plants. Now some people might be thinking “John!
If it’s breaking down in my kitchen, is it gonna stink?” Well, number one, this
is an airtight container. Number two, people may say “Oh it doesn’t stink.” But it
does have a pickle-ish type essence, or smell, when you open it. Much like opening pickles,
because that’s another product of fermentation, and that’s literally what you’re doing.
You’re fermenting your vegetables. When you ferment cabbage into Sauer kraut, you
make the Sauer kraut more nutritious because of the bacteria. And that’s what you’re
doing with the EMs. So what you do is after you have this whole bin full, you’re just
gonna basically go out into your yard, dig a hole, and then bury it so it can complete
the decomposition process there. Another thing you can do with the bokashi
ferment is actually put it in your worm bin. Which is actually what we’re gonna talk
the next. The worms love this stuff and go nuts for it. It’s like giving them some
drugs…that are natural. So anyways, another way that you can compost
inside, whether it’s a garage or underneath your kitchen sink is a worm compost bin. We’re
looking here at the Worm Factory 360 and this is one of the bins they offer here. And basically,
you’re gonna keep worms and the worms break down your food into basically compost or castings
that you can now feed on your plants directly. You could take the worm castings, put them
in your houseplant, put them in potted plants, and better yet even put them in your garden.
So definitely another good way to compost with worms, and they’re really into that
here. So next we’re gonna show you actually a few kind of worm compost bins you can easily
build at home. Or if you don’t want to, you can come here and they’ll sell you one.
The granddaddy of worm bins they have here is actually this guy right here. This is the
Marin Soil Solution’s Worm Bin that they produced based on plans that they got. And
it’s very simple construction actually, and we’ll go into detail on how it’s working
in a minute. This is gonna be the overview. Basically, it’ just a little box kind of
like one of those treasure chests and you know of as a kid. It’s a nice, large size
and it has a hinged lid here you can open up and look inside. And we’ll go over some
of the different design elements in a second, but the main thing is that this is easy to
build and probably available at most places throughout the country, because it’s made
with a standard, quote-unquote, grow rack. Or the gorilla rack or some other kind of
like shelving unit you’d use for storing stuff in your garage that big box stores like
Home Depot, Lowes, and Costco may sell. It basically has a rack and normally, these racks
are like two halves, so you normally put this two halves and it makes a nice, tall rack.
This is just half of it and you want the heaviest duty gauge you can find.
And this is just half the rack they set up with the bottom shelf, and they second shelf,
but no more shelves. And there’s probably about a foot and a half or so of space between
the two bottom shelves. And then up here, they basically just built a box. And this
box is made out of tongue in groove wood, which is actually really nice. You could also
use plywood, something like that. And they got a view vent holes and stuff that we’ll
show you. But how this works is we’re gonna open this up and put your food scraps in there,
populate it with worms. They’re gonna eat it and then all your castings are gonna fall
out the bottom. On the bottom here, they basically have a slanted piece of wood that basically
allows your castings to fall through. And the secret on why this works is the worms
always will go to the top of the soil, because that’s where the food is. They’ve already
worked on all this food on the bottom, and that stuff’s just gonna drain out on the
bottom. That’s the overview of this system. Now,
they do sell these whole pre-built kits here if you don’t want to build it yourself.
But if you’re one of those handy guys, now I’m gonna share with you guys actually how
this is specifically constructed so you guys, too, can build one of these fancy treasure
chest worm composting bins. So now I’m gonna do the close up on how
to construct one of these guys, and you can see it’s just a nice tongue in groove. Actually,
this is very good quality construction, I like it a lot. They have some nice hinges
on the back in there. And if you just go ahead and open it up, you can see they basically
framed it out a little bit on the inside to make it nice and strong. And if we look down
below, that’s where all the worms are. So they got some cardboard here, which acts as
like a sheet mulching, and if we lift up the cardboard, we’ll see all the different worms—oh,
there they are—underneath, and some banana scraps and food that they’re eating. And
here’s some broken down cardboard, and this is how sheet mulching works. You just literally
put cardboard down over your lawn, over your grass, and basically it rots down over time
and worms come and they’ll eat the cardboard and eat your lawn up, and that’s a good
way to build your soil and break down your lawn so you can grow some food.
And inside here, what they’re doing inside the box here, what they have is they have
like a liner, so they have some landscape type fabric here that lines it, and they basically
staple that in. in addition, on the sides, they have these little vent holes. So let’s
go ahead and show you those right now. They’re just little circular vent for maybe venting
a house and they have little screens in there so that the bugs can’t get in. And that’s
definitely really important. And that’s pretty much how it’s built. It’s just
a lid and a box on the top shelf level. Going down below you can see the bottom shelf.
Now we’re gonna go ahead and give you guys a shot of the side to show you the shelf is
set up. It’s basically a piece of plywood set diagonally, and what happens is the finish
castings fall from the bottom on this and then on to the ground and you can harvest
them easily. And how this specifically works is underneath here, they got this special
grid material that can be a challenge to find. I think they said it’s used from like shipping
pallets or something like that so this might be kinda hard to find. I don’t know exactly
where you’d find something like this, and they have it lined with newspaper. What happens
is the newspapers will break down over time and you’ll see some of this compost is just
falling down. And there’s the finished casted that you then use on your garden.
So the whole premise is that if you just let all this stuff drop off the bottom, and it’s
gonna be the right moisture level, so it’s gonna stick together a little bit if you’re
feeding your worms properly. They’ll be up at the top and all the stuff will basically
drop out of the bottom for you guys. And that’s just like pretty simple, easy
construction, if you got a table saw. Or even if you don’t, Home Depot will cut your wood
for you. You can make a set up like this. Now, some of the improvements they did was
actually in the middle of this grate here, they were getting some sagging so they put
a clip here to hold the shelf up, that metal grate in the middle. Other than that, this
looks like a nice solid box. So if you want to make me something for Christmas, make me
one of these guys. I could use it. So if you don’t want to build a treasure
chest worm composting bin that I just show you guys, they have a few other options here
that they make onsite and will sell to you guys at a very affordable price. And you could
also make these very easily at home if you’re kind of handy. The first one is a standard
Rubbermaid rough neck tote. So this is a tote you would get like at a Walmart or something
like that. And basically, it’s just a large tote and they basically made this into a worm
composting system. So what we’re gonna do is go ahead and take off the top and show
you how they turn the Rubbermaid tote into a worm composting system.
It’s very simple, there’s just a few things they added. Number one, they added a little
spigot here and you might have to figure out how to make this spigot and find all the parts.
And they attach that spigot inside here, basically a half-inch PVC pipe that they put a lot of
holes in to let some of the liquid go through, and in the end they put over a little screen
here. And this allows the liquids to drain out, because worms don’t like it too moist,
but they don’t like it too dry either. They just like it just right. So you may have to
drain some liquids out the bottom, especially in a system like this. The other thing they’ve
added is they’ve added three simple ventilation things here. And the ventilation things are
kind of like the ones I show you earlier. This is the inside of it. Looks like that.
They’re ventilations for houses. They have some screen on there so the bugs won’t be
able to get in, and that’s what it looks like form this side. They have three of them:
one on each side and one in the front. And that’s just one very simple container that’ll
allow you to keep some worms in your home underneath your sink or in your garage to
that you can build your own compost. Another really good one, if you don’t want
worms in your house—and I know some of the ladies out there might freak out about having
worms in their house. Well, worms are really nice pets. You just need to feed them and
they’re produce a lot of castings for you. Another one, if you don’t want to keep worms
in your house, is this set up here. And actually they do education with kids in schools and
this is the very system they use to teach kids about composting with worms in the garden.
So this is an outdoor worm composting set up. This is actually the Marin Soil Solutions’
worm bucket, and it says right here “Add worms and bedding. Put in your household kitchen
waste and bury the bucket in your backyard. The worms will move amongst the soil and help
aerate and spread nutrients. They sell this for thirty-five bucks. And all this is, it’s
a very simple device. It’s a five gallon bucket—I have a good episode on reusing
five gallon buckets and this is actually a use that I didn’t cover. Excellent use right
here. You take a five gallon bucket and you just drill a bunch of holes in it. Looks like
they got a bunch of, I don’t know, maybe half-inch holes on the side. In the bottom,
you drill a couple large holes here. These are maybe, I don’t know, one and a half
inch wide holes. And they put a very simple screen on the bottom and that’s so the food
scraps actually don’t go through the bottom, but it will allow the worms to come in.
What you’re gonna do then is build a big hole, and you’re gonna bury this bucket
below the soil line. So the soil line is at my hand now. This is all below grade, and
then you could put your little roof on it, and in the roof, once again there’s also
a place for aeration and there’s also one of those vent things they like so much here.
The vent thing are very handy, I’ll have to check those out. I’ve never really seen
them before. They put a vent in the roof there and that just goes on the top. So once again,
this is below grade. It’s filled with bedding, and the food scraps. So the bedding could
be coconut core or something like shredded newspaper’s a great bedding. Fill this up
with shredded newspaper and food scraps, bury it, and what’ll happen is this is basically
like a bird feeder for the worms. The worms are hopefully in your ground. They’ll actually
come inside through the wholes, either on the side or on the bottom, and actually eat
all the stuff inside the bucket. Then they’ll actually leave and they’ll leave you a whole
bunch of worm castings in here and they’ll spread that out into your garden.
You can also at any time open up the top and just throw an apple core in there or throw
banana peels, throw juicer pulp in there. And this is a great way to compost outside
of your house with some worms to make some of that rich and viable worm castings.
But if you don’t want to do that, don’t worry about it. Marin Soil Solutions will
provide you some of the best vermicompost in the whole area. So next let’s take a
look at that stuff. I always recommend you guys make your own worm castings and make
your own compost instead of buying it, but not everybody’s a do-it-yourselfer like
me and many of you guys out there. So they offer some of the best vermicompost around.
And what is vermicompost? What’s vermicompost verse castings? Well castings, there’s literally
a hundred percent worm poop, and the vermicompost is basically castings mixed in with compost.
So this is more of a complete solution. Because in nature, there wouldn’t just be a hundred
percent worm castings. So that’s why you’re supposed to mix worm castings with your compost.
So what they have here is they have big totes. They get this stuff in bulk and have pass
the savings on to you guys, and here it is right here. This is the vermicompost. Nice
mixture here. Man, this is really dark and rich. One of the main things I always encourage
you guys is to actually smell the compost or—wow, and this has a really nice, deep,
earthy smell and that’s the smell you’re looking for. You don’t want it to be rancid
or nasty smelling. You want it nice and earthy like you’re in the forest floor. We got
the forest humice rotting on the ground. That’s another thing to do. Go out to the forest
and dig up some of your own compost from the forest. That might be illegal nowadays. But
anyways, if you don’t want to do that, just come here and you can get this stuff. Today,
they’re going to give me a little sample bag here. One of the things, they actually
bag this up in environmentally friendly bags, so they use these juke bags. They have a certain
size. They also reuse old burlap sacks from coffee as well to fill up. So definitely like
this stuff a lot. Now, besides the worm castings and adding
compost to your soil, another very important way to build your soil is through the biologics.
And that’s what they’re doing here. They’re specifically brewing biologics in something
like—behind me—the compost tea systems. So what we’re gonna do next is talk about
the soil biologics and why they’re so important to have in your garden.
Let’s talk about the biologics of your soil. And that’s one of the foundations this whole
company was founded on. I mean, it was founded on the soil food web book, or Teaming with
Microbes, and that’s what we’re look that in this little post they have primly places
in the office here. It’s called the soil food web. And if you have been following my
videos for a while, I have a really good episode that we talk about this more specifically,
but I’ll go over the basics with you. One of the main components that’s missing in
most people’s gardens are the biologics, or basically the active elements. The life
in the soil! You want to—all life on earth comes from life. It doesn’t come from things
that are not alive, and when you use things like chemical fertilizers and things like
that, that maybe kills the soil or inactivated a lot of the soil biologics in the soil so
it’s not gonna be quite active. And it’s literally like feeding your plants drugs and
us living on little vitamin pills, when we know we should be living on real foods and
that’s what we want to provide the soil, the biologics.
We have beneficial microflora in our intestines. Some people say there’s a pound or a couple
pound of bacteria in each one of us in our stomachs. And if you go down to the local
health foods store and get some probiotics, those are predigesters of food. And those
are the things that are required in the soil for the plants to start predigesting some
of the food so the plants can uptake that food more effectively. And that’s what’s
missing in today’s world. And so that what it goes over in this chart here. It has organic
matter is pretty much the base of the soil food web. Then you have the bacteria and most
compost is a bacterial based compost. Then you have things like the fungi and the
fungi may be an important component that you may be missing in your garden. That’s why
they actually brew some of the teas here, to get some of the bacteria, but more importantly
the fungi back into your soil. I wish they had fun-girls but they only got fun-guys.
I think I like fun-girls better. Besides the fungi, they also have the other
critters that are very important, just as the protozoa and the nematodes, which basically
break down the bacteria and the fungi—they don’t break down fun-girls—to make that
more available for the plant, so they can absorb it. So that’s really important. Next,
what we’re going to do is we’re going to take a look at a picture they have that
shows about some of these bacteria, fungi, and even some of the nematodes and other things
that should be alive in your soil, but may not be.
Another poster they have here is this poster of microorganisms. And this is found in soil,
compost castings, and compost teas. And some of the benefits of the microorganisms are
outcompete pathogens, provide protection, improve soil structure, retain nutrients,
cycle nutrients, improve plant growth, decrease water use, produce hormones, and improve food
quality. So this poster contains thirty-four pictures and each one is something a little
bit different. There’s things like bacteria, algae’s, lactobacilli’s, which is why
Sauer kraut will ferment. Fungal hyphae, which actually may be not present in your garden.
Mycorrhizae, which I recommend you guys use mycorrhizae and some of the other funguses
to actually help colonize root systems. Amoebas, ciliates, nematodes. Here’s a rotaphor.
Rotaphor’s like a vacuum cleaner that basically sucks in things and it eats it all and it
poops out stuff your plants can absorb. I mean, there’s all these different things
that should be in your soil, but if you’re using chemical fertilizers and chemical pesticides
and things like that, they’re probably not in your soil.
So building up your basic reserves of some of these microorganisms is very critical.
How can you do that? Number one, in my opinion, is to do the no-till method. What is the no
till method? That means you don’t want to be disturbing your soil. Some of these things
like the fungal hyphaes, they’re literally like little strings and if a shovel starts
shoveling through, you’re gonna break these guys up and it’s gonna disturb them and
then they’re gonna have to rebuild from scratch, and that’s a lot of work. So don’t
disturb your soil, unless absolutely necessary. So every year, I don’t till my soil, I don’t
use any rotor tiller—if you have a rotor tiller, sell it on Craigslist and get some
money for it and put that money to some of the products they sell here, which we’ll
go over in a minute. But sell that rotor tiller and just don’t till your soil. I don’t
till my soil. Obviously, you gotta dig some stuff up if you’re doing transplants and
stuff, but in general, I don’t disturb my soil. I pile on new soil on top to basically
fill my raised beds every season, and that’s the best way to encourage some of the microorganisms
to proliferate in your soil. but besides proliferating, you them to get in there in the first place,
because if they’re not there in the first place, they’re not just gonna out of thin
air and just start colonizing your soils. So the ways you can do that is, number one,
the compost teas. So let’s go ahead and show you guys the compost tea brewers and
talk about that a little bit. This is their huge compost tea system, where
they’re normally brewing some compost tea. This thing is like…huge. It’s made by
Growing Solutions Inc., and what they do here is actually they proliferate the beneficial
microbes and bacteria and fungi so that you can get them in your garden. You can foliar
feed these guys. You can spray them into your soil to get these guys in there. Once you
guys got the guys in there, then you can actually encourage them to grow more and proliferate
just like humans are now taking over the world! Because we’re spreading out, dividing, and
conquering. But the beneficial bacteria and the fungi can also do that but you need to
get them there in the first place. So you know, inoculating your garden with something
like the compost tea they provide here is definitely an essential ingredient to growing
a good garden. So I know you guys might be thinking “John!
I already make my own compost tea!” well that’s great! But what I always want to
say is that not all compost teas are create equally. The compost teas based on the starting
compost you’re using, and the compost tea that you make may not have the wide spectrum
of the beneficial microbes in there that you need. And so here they sent out their compost
tea to get tested regularly to make sure it’s a high quality compost tea and it has all
the different microorganisms you need. They also do put it on slides here and they put
it up on the TV and they’ll look through the microscope here to see all the active
organisms to make sure you’re getting the best compost tea as possible.
The other thing that’s very important about compost tea is use it before you lose it.
If you make your own compost tea, it’s very important—whether you’re buying or getting
it from a place that brewing their own and testing it, which is very important because
a lot of places will just brew their own compost teas, but they may not even know what’s
in it because they’re not actually looking through a microscope. I mean, that’s a good
question to ask a lot of places “Do you get your compost tea tested? Can you show
me what it looks like on the screen?” and they can definitely do that for you here and
they’ll explain all the different things in your compost tea and they might even put
you to sleep. But they’re really into the soil science here and that’s why they have
a thing like the microscope. So not all compost teas are created equal and you want to use
it before you lose it. You want to use your compost teas within six to eight hours. So
don’t get a bottle or buy it somewhere else or make your own and cap it off and store
it. You want to take it and immediately pour it in your garden or foliar feed it on to
get the best results. Aside from providing you the biologics to
feed your soil, they also do have some organic fertilizers that are gonna increase the biologics
in your soil and not kill them like conventional chemical fertilizers will. They got things
like alfalfa meal, of course the green sand, azomite, which we’ll talk more about in
a minute. Kelp meal, feather meal, bone meal, fish meal, blood meal, kelp meal. Bat guano.
And even—they got a vegan mix here so if you want to grow veganically, they got the
vegan mix so that you can do just that. So I think it’s amazing that they have all
these natural fertilizers to increase the quality of your soil, because that’s all
what it’s about. It’s about increasing and building your soil.
The main reason why I found this place, because one of my viewers, like I said, notified me
or told me of this place, and they said “John! This place has azomite!” so that’s the
number one reason why I’m here. So next, what I’m gonna do is we’re gonna sit on
the stack of azomite and share with you guys more about the rock dust and the azomite that
you should be using in your garden, because it’ll literally supercharge your plant growth.
But definitely saved the best for last, and besides all the other products and the biologics
they have here, one of the best items that you can use in your garden, if you’re just
gonna buy one thing here, you want to start with this guy. Because this guy feeds the
beneficial microorganisms in your garden to make these things more bioavailable for your
plants. And what this stuff is is called the azomite.
And this is “A to Z of minerals!” and these are trace minerals, and I know many
people out there may be thinking “John! I got minerals in my soil!” Well, yes, you
have minerals, but there’s been massive top soil degradation and destruction. I mean,
ever hear of the Dust Bowl? Happened in the Midwest where the top soils just eroded away.
Well, the trace mineral, in my opinion, are one of the key nutrients in the soil that’s
missing probably out of your garden. And so it’s very important to get these trace minerals
back in. they have countless testimonials of people that have done nothing else but
get on the trace minerals to add to their garden and start getting excellent results.
For example, I was told just today an orange tree that was on its way out, wasn’t looking
healthy, wasn’t producing—and all they did was add some azomite and some fertilizer
and it just started producing again and now it looks beautiful. There’s countless testimonials
for this stuff, so you really want to get on some of the rock duct powders, the azomites,
or other rock dusts and other trace mineral supplementation to bring that back into your
soil. The best news that I have today is that this
place here is currently selling it for twenty-five dollars and thirty cents a bag, and it’s
the cheapest, lowest cost that I’ve found in the Marin County and the San Francisco
area. So now you don’t have to drive as far to get some good priced azomite so you
can start using this in your garden. This is a forty pound bag. And this is the micronized
version. This is the version that I recommend the most. They do have a granular version
that will break down, but the smaller the particle size, the better it is absorbed by
the beneficial microorganisms in your soil. I mean, this is the one thing that I swear
by. It’ll make your food taste better, because now your food will have the trace minerals
in it, you’ll get the trace minerals. You’ll be healthier. Your plants will be healthier.
And they’ll be more resistant to diseases and bugs like that and they’re also gonna
grow bigger and yield more. And who doesn’t want that, all for just twenty-five bucks
a bag? So I definitely enjoyed this episode, learning
more about some of the things that they’re offering here so that you can build up the
biologics in your soil and get the best and healthiest plants and the best and healthiest
foods in your own front yard garden. To learn more about Marin Soil solutions.
Visit their website at I hope you enjoyed this episode as much as
I did. Once again, my name is John Kohler with We’ll see you
next time, and remember: Keep on growing!

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