Below is our plan on how we will accomplish this. All of these are being practiced in 2008, and will be the norm in 2009.
a. Daniels plant food: Both the greenhouse and landscape formulations
will be used as our organic liquid feed through out the season to encourage
root growth, dark green foliage, and larger, more numerous blooms.
b. Plant Growth Activator Plus will inoculate soil with 52 strands
of beneficial soil microorganisms, essential amino acids, vitamins, biotin, folic acid, and
natural sugars: we expect the microorganisms to protect roots from nematodes and pathogens,
recycle nutrients, improve soil structure, and make minerals available to the plant.
c. Soil and tissue analyses to assess our nutritional efficiency.
d. Cover crops in the fall as organic soil builders.
e. Green manure: soft tissue plants tilled into soil before cover crop seed broadcast.
3. Pest and Disease Control:
a. Introduction of beneficial insects such as lady bugs and praying mantids.
b. Perimeter plantings of a carrot, chervil, coriander, clovers, subclovers, nasturtium,
parsley, alyssum and yarrow mix to encourage beneficial insect populations.
c. Insect nutrients will provide an additional food source for beneficial insects. Food sources will be interspersed between plants.
d. Organic pesticides, fungicides, miticides, algaecides when needed.
e. Crop rotation, intercropping, and companion planting.
f. Introduction of pulverized shrimp shells to reduce root-knot nematode populations.
4. Weed control:
b. Organic herbicide mainly comprised of clove oil.
5. Reduction of non-renewable resources:
a. Ellepots: 100% plastic reduction of pots, trays will be recycled.
c. Using manual tools (i.e. reel lawn mower).