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Old 01-24-2011, 07:41 PM   #1
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EarthJuice Fertilizers - Recipes and Discussion Thread
the three_little_birds are well know for our love of growing using organic fertilizers . . . And while we are always looking for ways to utilize inexpensive and effective materials like manure, alfalfa meal, kelp meal, and a variety of rock powders . . . we also know that some folks will only use organic growing methods if the option is fairly simple and mess free . . . while organic fertilizers from a bottle will never likely be as cost effective as using rock powders and teas made from alfalfa or guano . . . they do offer great convenience . . .

and the good news for growers who demand their organic fertilizers in a bottle . . . is that herbs grown exclusively with today’s liquid organic fertilizers will rival those grown with any method of organic growing we’ve ever used or experienced . . . there’s no need to sacrifice quality for convenience if your pocketbook can withstand the additional cost . . .

our favorite among premixed liquid fertilizers is the complete line of
Earth Juice products . . . we’ve sampled other fertilizers but always come back to Earth Juice . . . In our opinion they are the “premium standard” against which all other organic ferts must measure themselves . . .

The basic line of Earth Juice fertilizers is 5 different products that can all be used in any combination with each other . . . the ability to “mix and match” any of the 5 products gives us the versatility to deal with any nutrient need (or problem) that might arise . . . here’s a listing of Earth Juice array . . .

Earth Juice Grow
Earth Juice Bloom
Earth Juice Catalyst (called Xatalyst in Canada)
Earth Juice Meta-K
Earth Juice Microblast


the Grow and Bloom formulas can be used alone or in combination with each other . . . no big explanation necessary with those names . . . their intended uses are pretty obvious . . . Catalyst is basically a jazzed up Molasses / carbohydrate product to feed beneficial bacteria and act as a chelate . . . Meta-K is an awesome Potassium supplement . . . and Microblast is one of the most useful and effective micronutrient products we’ve had the pleasure of using . . . in our next post we’ll give a more formal introduction to the various components of the EJ line of ferts


meet the EJ lineup
here’s the “scoop” . . . the “tech intell” . . . the “lowdown” . . . the “skinny” . . . on what exactly is in those Earth Juice ferts that the 3LB’s talk about so much . . .

EARTH JUICE GROW 2-1-1
bat guano
kelp
sulfate of potash
feather meal
oat bran
blood meal
steamed bone meal
this is the “jack of all trades” among the Earth Juice products . . . useful throughout all of vegging and the first couple weeks of vegging . . . Depending on a plant’s growth stage and we use the EJ Grow at concentrations of anywhere from 1 TBSP to 2 TBSP per gallon (and we have pushed it to 3 to 4 TBSP without harm for very heavy feeders)


EARTH JUICE BLOOM 0-3-1
bat guano
seabird guano
kelp
sulfate of potash
steamed bone meal
oat bran
rock phosphate
we love our Earth Juice Bloom as a flowering fertilizer and. . . because this product has no Nitrogen it’s especially useful for late stage flowering when it’s desirable to let a plant use up the soil’s nitrogen reserves . . . and for an added boost of Phosphorous at those times when plant’s need an extra boost of P . . . we normally use EJ Bloom at rates between ½ and 2 TBSP per gallon . . .

EARTH JUICE CATALYST

oat bran
kelp
wheat malt
molasses
yeast
For some odd reason, the Canadian Government requires this product to be labeled as “Xatalyst” . . . but whatever it’s called where you live . . . if you’ve looked over the “Molasses Manual” by the 3LB you may already know the biggest “secret” to this product . . . the sweet sticky goodness of molasses . . . as we’ve said elsewhere molasses feeds microbes and acts as a chelating agent to make micronutrients more available to plants . . . those extra organic goodies in Catalyst like wheat malt and oat bran are just “icing on the cake” . . .

Earth Juice Meta-K 0-0-10
sulfate of potash
pretty simple product with apparently only a single active ingredient . . . it does have a good measure of Sulfur . . . and it’s very useful to give an extra boost of Potassium when necessary . . . Many organic fertilizers run a little “lean” on K - especially guano based products . . . and EJ Meta-K gives us a way to add that needed Potassium in controlled amounts as needed . . .

Earth Juice Microblast

kelp meal
magnesium sulfate
borax
cobalt sulfate
ferrous sulfate
manganese sulfate
sodium molybdate
zinc sulfate
the Microblast tests out to the following percentages . . . Magnesium (Mg) .05%, Boron (B) .02%, Cobalt (Co) .0005%, Iron (Fe) .10%, Manganese (Mn) .05%, Molybdenum (Mo) .0005%, Zinc (Zn) .05% . . . in our experience it’s a great all around micronutrient supplement that resolves almost every potential micronutrient issue likely to arise . . .

there's your "Earth Juice All Stars" lineup . . .
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:42 PM   #2
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Earth Juice Recipes
Growth Recipes

we get many PM’s and email requests for our Earth Juice recipes . . . many folks - it seems - would love for us to just spell out the specific nutrient mixes and quantities we use with every feeding . . . . if only life were so simple!

What and how much we use vary's some from strain to strain . . . Perhaps even from plant to plant . . . so it’s just not possible to set a schedule and ignore the plants . . . The best gardeners become “at one” with their plants and feed them according to the plant’s needs . . . even anticipating their needs . . .

our standard mix for vegging plants is usually
1 to 2 TBSP Grow
1 tsp Bloom
1 tsp Catalyst (called Xatalyst in Canada for some odd reason)
(all ingredients are added to a gallon of water . . . )

there are times where we might increase the Bloom portion up to as much as a tablespoon . . . Especially for plants in the early stages of flowering . . . and we can go as high as 3 or even 4 TBSP of Grow for really N hungry plants - but if we increase the Grow fert above 2 TBSP per gallon we usually leave out Bloom & Catalyst )

we also use what we call our "microblast mix" once or twice during the normal life-cycle of vegging plants . . . no big difference between this and the prior mix except this one has an extra boost of Meta K and Microblast . . .
1-2 TBSP Grow
1 tsp Bloom
1 tsp Catalyst
1 tsp Meta-K
1 tsp Microblast

as folks may have observed in our “Growing LUI with the 3LB” thread . . . we also commonly use some kinds of fish fertilizers and kelp concentrates during a plant’s early growth stages . . . we like the combination of enzymes and proteins and hormones the fish and kelp provide together . . . but it’s common for some fish products to be high in heavy metal contaminants like Mercury . . . so the “seafood platter” is a treat we feed our babes and the Earth Juice is their regular diet . . .



Flowering Recipes

early stage flowering plants can often use a fair measure of nitrogen as they stretch . . . so a normal Earth Juice mix in early flowering will look pretty similar to a Grow mix . . . we like to use something along the lines of the following for the first couple weeks of flowering . . .
1 TBSP EJ Grow
1 TBSP EJ Bloom
1 tsp Catalyst (yeah we know - it’s Xatalyst north of a line from Seattle - Duluth - Niagra!)

as flowering progresses we forego the Nitrogen to let our plants use N reserves from the soil as they finish flowering . . . so mixing an Earth Juice Bloom formula can be as easy as . . .
1 TBSP EJ Bloom
1 tsp EJ Catalyst

for really hungry darlings we’ll go as high as 2 TBSP per gallon with the EJ Bloom . . . but pouring it on that heavy can burn light feeders . . . and even with heavy feeders it’s better to build up to stronger concentrations of EJ Bloom over time than to just start in at 2 TBSP per gallon right away as plants begin to flower. . .

and we also have a bloom "micro-mix" that includes Meta-K and Microblast . . . it's used once in a blooming plant's life (or maybe twice in plant’s with a long flowering) . . . Like the growth “microblast mix” it gives an extra boost of Potassium and assorted micronutrients to make sure the plants will want for nothing!
The flowering micro-mix usually goes like this . . .

1 TBSP Bloom
1 tsp Catalyst
1 tsp Meta-K
1 tsp Microblast

that's about all there is to making an awsome plant-enriching organic brew with Earth Juice . . . it's really that simple

Miscellaneous Earth Juice Notes
In theory there’s no need to “flush” organic soil grown herbs before harvest . . . and because organic fertilizers are not salt based like chemical fertilizers . . . traditional techniques for “flushing” wouldn’t carry away nutrient salts in the traditional meaning of the word “flush” anyway . . .
That creates a danger with organic fertilizers that doesn’t exist with salt based chemical fertilizers . . . with salt fertilizers over-fertilizing can be pretty severe . .. But it will show up fairly quickly . . . and the solution (a good flushing) can be enacted pretty quickly too . . .

it’s probably harder for a grower to over-fertilize using organic fertilizers . . . but if they do there’s no quick solution . . . organic fertilizers usually can’t be flushed away like salt fertilizer’s can . . . so if a grower over-fertilizes they will likely have to live with the consequences for a longer term . . .

And when it comes to harvest time . . . we do go ahead and put our organic herbs on a “crash” diet . . . in the past it’s just been pure water for the last two weeks . . . But lately we’ve been experimenting with using Fulvic Acid with the watering during the second week before harvest . . . and then plain water the final week . . . this technique really seems to bring out the fullest potential of our babes . . . but the wonders of Humic Acid and Fulvic Acid are deserving of their own thread . . .

And finally . . . before we finish our initial discussion of Earth Juice Fertilizers . . . we need to touch on the practice of premixing and bubbling Earth Juice fertilizers . . . we get a lot of questions on this topic in private so may as well discuss it here and avoid having to type the same information time and time again . . .

This is the most common question we hear . . .
“Is it absolutely necessary to pre-mix and bubble / aerate Earth Juice fertilizers before use ? ? ?“
Our simple answer is no it’s not necessary at all . . . but Earth Juice will be more efficiently and effectively used if “brewed” for 24-48 hours before use . . . in organic farming the old adage is “feed the soil not the plant” . . . and making your Earth Juice fert mix into an aerated tea maximizes the benefits it can provide for your plants . . . but they will work fine if used without any premixing or bubbling . . .
we would also like to add that if you do not care to go to the bother of premixing and aerating your Earth Juice . . . that you use the fertilizers in smaller / lighter proportions . . .

We also hear this question a lot . . .
“What about the low pH of those Earth Juice fertilizers? - Will that low pH harm my plants?”
And our simple answer is that there’s likely little concern about that issue unless your growing medium is already abnormally acidic . . . but we can also say that the pre-mixing and bubbling/aerating we talked about in the prior question will moderate the pH to an extent . . . and that can allow heavier feedings overall . . .

Our experience with Earth Juice in everything from 3 gallon pots to 30 gallon beds indoors is that a good soil mix with a healthy microbe population will moderate it’s own pH to an extent . . . and the calcite and dolomite lime use commonly in soil mixes will do some of the work as well . . . so we’ve never had any actual problems with pH in our Earth Juice experience . . .

And finally we also get asked . . .
“Can I get by with just Bloom and Grow and not have to go to the expense of the other products?”
And the simple answer is yes of course you can. Catalyst is a molasses based product so the substitution of cheap and easily available Blackstrap molasses will be almost as good as the real thing. . . And although we prefer to use Microblast and Meta-K a few times during a plant’s life . . . we’ve certainly had great grows without them . . .
Not having those extra ingredients available will make your life much more difficult if something does go wrong . . . having a sufficient source of Potassium is a major factor in a plant’s ability to withstand the heat stresses inherent in many grow rooms . . . and micronutrient deficiencies can be hard to diagnose and treat without a “full range” micronutrient fertilizer like Microblast . . . Maxicrop kelp concentrate is the only other substitute we know of that’s as effective at treating a shortage of potassium and trace minerals . . . and many growers prefer to avoid using kelp products during the later stages of flowering
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:46 PM   #3
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The following are by member of BB that still go with the info by 3LB

Highbreedseeds post

Ive been using EJ for a few years and refuse to switch!


A few new things about Earth Juice.

Earth Juice Meta K has is now 7%K instead of 10%K.

The new Sweet and Heavy line is out now.
Prime 1%K-.5%Mg-0.1%Fe
Bloom 2-6-4
Veg 3-1-4
The Bloom is molassas based and smells oh so good.
Im going to try this next run.


Thought I should post some of my mixes.

Veg
After each transplant I start with
Down to Earth Root Zone
Peace of mind Tomato and Veg as a tea bubbling for 24+ hours. 1cup per gallon.
After about 10 days I use my veg mix below.
I do this to inoculate the soil.

Veg mix:
Per gallon in order every watering.
RO Water 0ppm to start
mixing for a while and bubbling.
150ppm Fossil Fuel 15ml
4ml Down to Earth Liquid Calcium
10ml EJ Micro
2.5ml Metanaturals Nitrogen
3ml Metanaturals Bloom
3ml EJ Bloom
6ml MetaK of the 7%K bottle
1/4ml Epsom Salt




Flower mixes

Normaly my flower mix for heavy feeders is
per gallon in order every watering
Starting water 50ppm and mixed for 24+ hours(but not needed).
Top Max 5-10ml
6 2/3 ml Down To Earth Liquid Calcium
12ml EJ Micro
2ml Metanaturals Nitrogen (soon switching to Natures Nectar)
10ml Metanaturals Bloom
10ml EJ Bloom
2ml MetaK of the 10%K bottle, not the new 7%K
1.5ml Epsom Salt
15+ EJ Catalyst
Final TDS reading is usualy around 1400ppm after mixing for 24 hours.
A lot of strains prefer less P and about 1200ppm.

last flower batch because I didnt have Metanaturals bloom.
Per gallon in order every watering.
Starting water was 50ppm and let sit over night before mixing.
Top Max 5-10ml
6-2/3ml Down to Earth Liquid Calcium
15 EJ Micro
2.5ml Metanaturals Nitrogen
25ml EJ Bloom
5.5ml Meta K of the 10%K
1.5ml Epsom Salt
3.75ml Green Fuse Bloom
15+ EJ Catalyst

Last time I didnt have time to mix over night or bubble.
Just mixed, waited an hour and fed.



For Magnesium I like to use
EJ Micro, Metanaturals Bloom, and Epsom Salt

I use the Metanaturals Nitrogen
because i dont like the sludge of EJ Grow
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Alphakronik posts

Agreed.

Since BioBizz can't really be found in the states anymore, I put together a feed matrix based on the Earth Juice line, plus a couple other goodies I'll never stop using.

My set goes like this:


Alphakronik's Earth Juice
Feed Matrix (3-23-08)




Vegatative Stage:


Transplant from 1 Gallon to 5 Gallon Smart Pot; also once in week 4 of veg:
2 TBSP EJ Grow
1 tsp EJ Bloom
1 tsp GH Flora Blend (Vegan Compost Additive, replaces EJ Catalyst in my matrix)
1 tsp EJ Meta-K
1 tsp EJ Microblast
¼ tsp GH Sub Culture**


Normal Veg (5 gallon Smart Pots)
1 TBSP EJ Grow
1 tsp EJ Bloom
1 tsp DH Flora Blend
1 TBSP Golden Humic Extract
¼ tsp Pure Humic Acid
¼ tsp GH Sub Culture**






Flower Stage: For 6-7 Week Strains*


Week 1:
1 TBSP EJ Grow
1 TBSP EJ Bloom
1 tsp GH Flora Blend
1 TBSP Golden Humic Extract
¼ tsp Pure Humic Acid
¼ tsp GH Sub Culture**


Week 2:
1 TBSP EJ Grow
1 TBSP EJ Bloom
1 tsp GH Flora Blend
1 TBSP Golden Humic Extract
¼ tsp Pure Humic Acid
¼ tsp GH Sub Culture**




Week 3:
1 TBSP EJ Bloom
1 tsp GH Flora Blend
1 tsp EJ Meta-K
1 tsp EJ Microblast
1 TBSP Golden Humic Extract
¼ tsp Pure Humic Acid
¼ tsp GH Sub Culture**


Week 4:
2 tsp EJ Bloom
1 tsp GH Flora Blend
2 tsp Humboldt Country's Own “Gravity”
1 TBSP Golden Humic Extract
¼ tsp Pure Humic Acid
¼ tsp GH Sub Culture**


Week 5:
2 tsp EJ Bloom
1 tsp GH Flora Blend
1 TBSP Golden Humic Extract
¼ tsp Pure Humic Acid
¼ tsp GH Sub Culture**
Week 6:
1 TBSP Golden Humic Extract


Week 7:
Water Only




*(If you are growing longer flowering strains, please use the feed matrix from week 5 up until 2 weeks from finish, then proceed with “Week 6”, and “Week 7” outlines.)
**(Use GH Sub Culture once a week)
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thanks man. that answered any questions i had for sure.
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Ok wow! EXCELLENT READ! However, I think I need another cup of coffee to better absorb this information before my brain explodes.
*Question: I try and eat organic foods when ever possible, can you tell me if the "taste" difference is as remarkable as it is with foods?

(EDIT)*Answer: Why yes it certainly is.

I switched my grow to the whole entire line of FF and I have some very strong and mixed feelings about it. Next time I'mma TRY organics if at all possible. Thanks tho, excellent post!

(EDIT)* I switched my whole entire line of ferts/nutes to EJ bc of the statement directly above this one.

I know, I know, it's an old thread, but...
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