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Testing an organic product..


The organic product that I have been testing for about one year is called “Garret Juice” which is a concentrated root and foliage application.

The first “test” was to grow some Ivy and Bamboo stalks in nothing but the “Garret Juice” and water in a small glass. I started the “test plants” about 6 months ago and they are THRIVING in this liquid mixture! The root system development is incredible and it is interesting to see it grow. Here is a photo:

In this photo, you can see how healthy the plants are growing in the diluted “Garret Juice” mix (Diluted @ 1/2 oz. to 1 gallon of captured rain water):

I have been using the “Garret Juice” all over the property for about a year and the grass, plants, and trees have responded like nothing that I have ever seen! You’re are probably thinking, “36 bucks a gallon, that’s crazy!”, right?
This first “test bottle” is still 1/3 full after a year. {grin} It is mixed at only 1 oz. per gallon of water for foliar feeding and 2 oz. per gallon for root stimulation. Yes it goes a LONG way, especially if it is used for container plants!

Overall conclusion?
It works and works GREAT especially on indoor plants!
One caution though.. It does STAIN if spilled, because of the compost tea ingredient, but a little “Orange oil” will clean it right up.
Pretty good stuff to add to any organic gardening program!

No, I do not sell this stuff and have nothing to gain by promoting it. It is something that has worked GREAT for me and I hope that other gardeners might give it a shot to help out any plants that are in distress before the plant is discarded to the compost pile.. I just hate loosing a plant, regardless of how small or large it might be…

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Thats another great idea, one problem though, how much would it cost to get some shipped over here?
I suppose I should google it first? Thanks again N2 :~))

20 Jul, 2009


Here's the link for the supplier:

23 Jul, 2009


Thanks N2 :~))

23 Jul, 2009


Give it a shot and let me know if you have the same results!
It seems to be "growing zone neutral", because it conditions the SOIL instead of the plant and we all know that good soil produces great plants, right?
As with any organic products, changes happen slowly because organics treats the biological activity in the soil and soil changes take time because that's how "mother nature" works. Once the soil has a nice biological balance, ANY plant will thrive in it and grow like crazy.. {grin}

24 Jul, 2009


Your spot on there, If mother nature is going to do the growing then we need to give her as much freedom to do her stuff as possible.
The only problem for me at the minute is that mother nature loves all things natural including viruses etc. and I've got a severe case of blight in my soil and the only way I know how to clear that is to not grow anything in it for at least a year. So I think I'm going to have to rely on 'growbags' and tubs/pots for the next 12 months. :~((

24 Jul, 2009


If the problem is early blight on tomatoes, and you are not in a very hot environment, a 3% mix of Hydrogen Peroxide used as a follier spray should do the trick. If the plants look like they are burning, cut back the mix to about 1% until they look better.

If your soil has a problem, just follow an organic program such as this: That's what I do!

Stimulating and maintaining healthy biological activity is the key to organics. 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 standpoint.


1. Stop using all synthetic fertilizers, toxic pesticides and other chemicals that harm living organisms. All high-nitrogen products are bad and nitrogen-only products are the worse.
2. Build soil health with aeration and natural organic fertilizers and amendments.
3. Use native plants and well-adapted introductions, water carefully and make wise decisions.

SOIL AMENDING - Apply compost, rock materials such as lava sand, granite, basalt and other paramagnetic materials and dry molasses to all planting areas. Use products that introduce and/or stimulate beneficial microbes in the soil.


FERTILIZING - Broadcast organic fertilizer to the entire site 2-3 times per year at 20 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. Foliar feed all plants during the growing season, at least monthly with aerated compost tea or Garrett Juice. High-nitrogen salt fertilizers and products that contain synthetic material must be eliminated. Biosolid products should be avoided on food crops. Miracle-Gro, Peters, other soluble crystal-type products and Osmocote are not acceptable in an organic program.

MULCHING - Mulch bare soil around all shrubs, trees, ground covers and food crops with shredded native tree trimmings to protect the soil from sunlight, wind and rain, inhibit weed germination, decrease watering needs and mediate soil temperature. Other natural mulches can be used, but avoid Bermudagrass hay because of herbicide residue. Also avoid pine bark, cypress mulch and chemically dyed wood products. Do not pile mulch on the stems of plants.

WATERING - Water only as needed. The organic program will reduce the frequency and volume of water needed. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar per gallon of water when watering pots. Use 1 ounce of liquid humate in acid soils. Garrett Juice can be used in either case. Be careful of drip irrigation systems because with those systems, it is difficult to avoid dry and waterlogged spots. Watering from above as nature does is usually best.

MOWING - Mow turf as needed and mulch clippings into the lawn to return nutrients and organic matter to the soil. Put occasional excess clippings in the compost pile. Don’t ever let clippings leave the site. Do not use line trimmers around shrubs and trees. Buffalograss lawns need less care than other grasses.

WEEDING - Hand pull large weeds and work on soil health for overall control. Mulch bare soil in beds. Avoid all synthetic herbicides including Roundup, 2,4-D, MSMA, pre-emergents, broad-leaf treatments, soil sterilants and especially the SU (sulfonylurea) herbicides such as Manage and Oust. Spray noxious weeds as needed with vinegar-based or fatty acid herbicides.

PRUNING - Do not “lift” or “gut” trees. Remove dead, diseased and conflicting limbs. Do not over prune. Do not make flush cuts. Leave the branch collars intact. Do not paint cuts. For more details, see Pruning

CONTROLLING INSECT PESTS - In general, control insect pests by encouraging beneficial insects and microbes and spraying with compost tea or the Garrett Juice mixture. Spray minor outbreaks with plant oil products including orange oil, garlic-pepper tea, and Eugene oil. Avoid all pyrethrum products, especially those containing Piperonyl butoxide (PBO), petroleum distillates and other contaminants.

CONTROLLING DISEASES - Most diseases such as black spot, brown patch, powdery mildew and other fungal problems are controlled by prevention through soil improvement, avoidance of high-nitrogen fertilizers and proper watering. Outbreaks can be stopped with sprays of potassium bicarbonate, cornmeal juice, diluted milk or the commercial product Plant Wash.


BED PREPARATION - Scrape away existing grass and weeds; add compost, lava sand, organic fertilizer, expanded shale, cornmeal and dry molasses and till into the native soil. Excavation of natural soil and additional ingredients such as concrete sand, peat moss, foreign soil and pine bark should not be used. More compost is needed for shrubs and flowers than for groundcover. Add greensand to black and white soils and high-calcium lime to acid soils. Decomposed granite, rock phosphate and zeolite are effective for most all soils.

25 Jul, 2009

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