We carry an extensive line of ORGANIC products. Don't be afraid to ask questions and use local resources like The Ellis County Master Gardeners and our local Ag. Extension Office to find the best solution for your problem. Often we are asked about "Organics" and how to get started. The best answer is from Howard Garrett, aka "The Dirt Doctor". His basic philosophy is this:

"Stimulating and maintaining healthy biological soil is the KEY. It's not complicated-simply avoid doing anything that hurts the life in the soil and choose only those inputs that benefit the life in the soil and that make sense from a horticultural and economic standpoint."

1) Stop using ALL synthetic fertilizers, toxic pesticides and other chemicals that harm living organisms. All high nitrogen fertilizers are bad and nitrogen-only products are the worst.

2) Build soil health with aeration, compost, rock minerals, sugars and microorganism products.

3) Use native plants and well-adapted introductions, water carefully, mulch bare soil and make wise decisions.

There are 4 basic groups of materials needed for an organic program

  • Compost: Nature's own living fertilizer. Can be bought, or you can make yourself using grass clippings, tree trimmings, food scraps, bark, sawdust, rice hulls, weeds, nut hulls and animal manure.
  • Rock Minerals/Materials: Maintains the mineral balance of the soil. Common types include lava sand, basalt, zeolite, humate, and rock phosphate.
  • Sugars: Stimulate microbes in the soil and help by accelerating biological activity. Some of these include Dried Molasses, Liquid Molasses, Corn Meal and Corn Gluten Meal.
  • Mulch: Covers bare soil around plants and breaks down to create a natural food source for microbes and plant roots.