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Sanden Garden Update

Hope everyone had a good week! Just thought I’d give a brief update on our garden project!

The lettuce, beets, and radishes continue to grow. Not much different than last week. We have a few butternut squash and spaghetti squash plants emerging, as well as some cilantro. I’ll share another video as things continue to grow.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a side-by-side comparison of my pink knock-out rose bushes. I got these last year and they were absolutely stunning, and then we had this weird spring weather, which I think set them back bit, a lot.

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When I treated these with SP-1™ about a month ago, they both looked like the untreated plant on the left. Therefore, I wanted to share the differences between the 2 so I can go back and treat the other one. I really want to start seeing some color! Maybe they just need a little kick-start this year!

Anyone else experiencing this? If so, what are you doing to pull them out of it? Maybe some SP-1™ can help!

Until then, I’ll be over here figuring out how to prune these bad boys.

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Sanden Garden: A Product of AgriEnergy Resources

Can anyone else believe we’re nearing the end of planting? The season flew by, and as with any year, we have faced our fair share of setbacks, but our little seedlings are tough and will persevere!

Speaking of tough, we have lots of exciting things happening this summer. Some of you may remember my garden from last year where I threw a bunch of seeds in the ground and hoped for the best? Well, we’re STILL eating on those butternut squash, beets, and jalapeño peppers!

This year, I decided to use some of our SP-1™, Pillar, and Myco Seed Treat® (MST), and of course some compost from one of our very own salesman, Alan Dale. His site, Rare Earth, is actually within walking distance from our house, and you’d never know he’s making compost. Rare Earth is the only compost site in the state of Illinois that hasn’t had an odor complaint filed against it. This man knows his stuff!

Anyway, I planted cilantro, carrots, lettuce, watermelon, peppers, radishes, beets, cucumbers, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, and zucchini. Check it out!

Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate the week following planting (very cold and lots of rain), but I’m pretty happy with the differences we’re seeing so far.

Notice Molly (our dog), photobombing at .17! She always has to sneak her way into photos in a not so stealthy way, but hey at least she loves to be in the garden with me! And my husband, he makes the best taste tester. Who knows you may even see more of them around these parts as the garden takes off!

Hopefully we’ll have more differences to report next week, but until then if you’re seeing any success with our products, I’d love to hear about it!

P.S. We also have research plots going in PA, OH, NY, NE, ND, MI, WI, IN, NE, IA, AZ, CO, AL, GA, MN. Hopefully we’ll start seeing some exciting results! Stay tuned!

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Potatoes the size of grapefruit?

Yep, you read that right. Homegrown potatoes the size of grapefruits.

Just the other day, we got word from one of our customers in Illinois that they just harvested the best potato crop they’ve ever had. They’ve been gardening for years and this is the first year their potatoes were the size of grapefruits.

So, how’d they do it? What’s the magic potion? Well, they changed one thing.

They used SP-1.

SP-1 is a diverse blend of beneficial bacteria, fungi, algae, enzymes, carbon substrates, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to support growth of soil microbial life, which in turn converts soil nutrients into forms which plants can take up. Not only does it give small-scale producers the competitive edge in crop production, but large-scale producers as well.

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In this particular case, our customer used it in the garden, which in turn enhanced soil microbial diversity, cycled stored nutrients to the plant, converted free gaseous nitrogen from the air and soil into a form the plant could utilize, and amplified the effectiveness of fertility blends prescribed through soil analysis.

In fact when we were testing in our own lab, the treated seed pushed the lid clear off our petri dish just four days after “planting’ as compared to the untreated seeds that were just beginning to grow their initial roots.

At planting time, SP-1 can be applied in-furrow or 2X2 along with fertilizers. There are also several options of application during the growing season including broadcast, side-dress, foliar, drip-line, and fertigation.

So, perhaps, the secret to growing the biggest crop to date is no secret at all. Perhaps, it’s just tweaking current management tactics to include that of SP-1.

Until next time, happy trails!

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