Grow Local with G&B Organics

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Oct 21, 2016 11:29:57 AM


Introducing our Grow Local blog series,  connecting you with the growers and vendors we've selected to provide you with the
highest quality plants and products in the gardening marketplace. 

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Green Acres Nursery & Supply is a family-owned and operated local independent garden center, so it's important to us to support our community. We carefully vet our vendors and growers, so you'll have the highest quality plants and products to grow your green thumb. With five locations in the greater Sacramento area, we want to cultivate gardening enthusiasts in our region and keep our community growing strong. 

  

Meet G&B Organics

G&B Organics is part of the Kellogg's Garden Products line-up and have had roots in Southern California for over 90 years. A family-owned and operated company spanning four generations, they have been hugely influential in agriculture and horticulture in California and across the United States. Although they are a national brand, they still maintain their humble roots and continue to support the community by donating a portion of their profits to school gardens. We like that!

In 1999, Kellogg bought Cascade Forest Products, located in Northern California which they used to expand into the G&B Organics line of soil amendments and fertilizers. What sets G&B Organics apart, is their dedication to the quality of their logo-gborganics.pngproducts, which are certified by two independent organizations: the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) and the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). This makes them the first, and only, soil manufacturer to have both certifications for their products, so we can trust their products are safe for organic gardening. 

Even if you're not a strictly-organic gardener, G&B Organics offers a wide variety of quality soils for potting or planting. Each soil amendment is specifically formulated to feed the microorganisms in your soil, building your soil's structure, texture & fertility.

Their potting soils for container gardening are inoculated with mycorrhizae, a beneficial fungi naturally found in soil which increases a plant's capacity to uptake water and nutrients. With natural ingredients such worm castings, bat guano, cotton seed meal and kelp meal, you can be sure that your plants have access to the full spectrum of micro and macro nutrients with G&B Organics soils. We know that's important.

 Want more great advice on growing from the ground up? 

Mulch 101

 

 

Topics: Soil, Organic, Compost, Soil Amendments

Mulch 101 for Sacramento Gardeners

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jun 22, 2016 5:16:53 PM

Mulch, compost, amendments....These terms are sometimes used interchangeably, but there are some important distinctions between what they are and how they're used. Here's the dirt on these soil-enriching products and the differences between them:

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Organic Matter (OM) is the portion of soil that contains animal and plant remains at varying stages of decay. When OM has decomposed to the point where it's dark brown and fine-textured, it's called humus. Composting is simply the act of cultivating OM into humus in a controlled environment to hasten the decomposition process.

Incorporating compost has many benefits for plants, including:

Soil Amendments 

Green Acres Nursery & Supply carries a wide variety of packaged soil amendments from E.B. Stone Organics, GreenAll and G&B Organics. We've carefully selected a large variety of bagged amendments which are specially formulated for specific plant groups like, acid-loving plants, such as azaleas and camellias, for example. Amendments are used to supplement your existing soil and should be mixed 50/50 with your native soil when planting.  

Benefits of amending:

  • Helps break up hard pan and clay
  • Feeds microorganisms in your soil
  • Improves structure, texture and soil fertility

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Mulch is chipped materials which are laid on top of the ground. Mulches which are made of organic materials such as wood have many benefits for plants, including:

  • Keeps soil evenly moist
  • Eventually breaking down, feeding soil microorganisms
  • Regulating ground temperature
  • Suppressing weeds
  • Reducing erosion

There are several different types of wood mulch, and they function mostly the same way, so choosing the "right" type is really just a matter of personal taste.

Some tips on mulching:

  • With shredded bark, a 2-3" layer is sufficient to suppress weeds, reduce evaporation and regulate temperature
  • With medium or large chunks of bark, ideal depth is 3-4" thick
  • Mulching isn't just for trees and shrubs! Annuals, perennials and even veggies all benefit from mulching. 
  • To prevent crown rot, always keep it 2-3" away from the base of the plant

For Sacramento gardeners especially, amending your soil and mulching are some of the easiest things you can do to help your plants survive the sweltering Central Valley summers.

Want more tips on keeping plants happy in the heat?  Saving H2O in the Landscape

Topics: Compost, Soil Amendments, Mulch

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