Frequently Asked Questions
How many plants can I grow with one bag of All-In- One fertilizer ?
The number of plants depends on a few things. If you are using the All- In-One for potted plants in 5 gallon containers, you would have enough for 8 fast growing vegetable type plants and still some left for top dressing throughout the season. For slower growing house plants, you can half the dosage giving you enough for 16 plants as they grow a lot slower and the demand for nutrients is a lot lower.
As for outdoor gardens or grow boxes, 50 square feet (4.6 square meters) is what i would recommend per bag. Just to help out, an adult male foot tends to be around one foot long. From toe to toe, walking five feet one way and then ten feet the other; that's 50 square feet. Remember, the deeper the grow box, the more fertilizer you may need. 2 feet (60 cm) in depth would be the maximum. I would recommend mixing a little more if your going to go deeper than that.
Top- Dressing? What does that mean and how do you do it?
Essentially top-dressing is adding fresh nutrients to the top of the soil which will then steadily reach the root system as you water.
Root systems are generally concentrated in the top 12 inches (30 cm) of most plants. During the growing seasons, many plants will require some extra nutrients to get them going again ( vegetative stage) or to finish their growing cycle- Budding, Flowering and Fruit cycles. Getting a steady flow of nutrients to the roots can be done is a very effective, low maintenance manner as follows:
Technique 1#- Grab a pail or any mixing container. Add 10 large scoops ( gardening trowel size or around 2-3 liters of soil ) en add 3 heaping tablespoons of the All-In-One. Add water. Mix well --becomes a wet type mud. Next,cover the entire surface of your pot with the fertilized soil, around 1cm thick. Similarly, for outdoor gardens, cover the area around the main stem ( 10-15 cm radius) but you can use a little less as the plants tend to have more access to nutrients. WATER THOROUGHLY. Deep watering is essential to get nutrients to the entire root system. Let the soil lightly dry (never completely) before deep watering again. Repeat adding fresh fertilized soil every 3 weeks during heavy growth. For house plants, once every couple months should be enough.
Can I use Release on its own? or do I need to add fertilizer?
Yes, Release can be used on its own as it is very efficient at releasing existing or trapped nutrients already in the soil. You may be impressed with how it can re-vitalize some soils that may appear rich but do not produce many results.
On the flip side, you never quite know what nutrients remain in your soil. Bushboy Organics Release is not a fertilizer but rather a bio-stimulant. Bio-stimulants, as defined by the agriculture industry, "are substances or microorganisms whose function, when applied to plants or the rhizosphere (soil zone directly surrounding the roots), is to stimulate natural processes to benefit nutrient uptake, nutrient use efficiency, tolerance to abiotic stress (Drought, high or low temperatures, salinity etc) or crop quality, independently of its nutrient content." (https://www.nutrienagsolutions.ca/about/news/what-are-biostimulants). Hence if there are no nutrients left in your soil, this bio-stimulant would still create the groundwork for new nutrients received via fertilizer or composts but will not provide the full spectrum of nutrients required by plants. As 99% of us do not know what's in our soil, it is best to replenish or top up your with a quality full-spectrum organic fertilizer and some organic compost. Please don't use a ton of it, and give it a little time to let soil do what soil does best: make nutrients accessible to plants.
When utilizing Release ( 100% Soluble Humic Acid), keep in mind that you will likely need less fertilizer than expected as more nutrients will be accessible by the roots instead of remaining in a "dormant" nonabsorbable state in the soil.
What is the feed schedule for the All- In-One Fertilizer?
Please click here -All-In-One fertilizer feed chart- or go to the front page and click on Feed Chart- All-In-One.
I want to make a concentrated solution of your Humic acid (Release) and your Kelp (Revive). How much do I need to make a 1-litre solution? How much of that solution would I use to make a 1 gallon ( 4 litres) for watering my plants?
Mix 10 teaspoons (40 grams) or 3.5 tablespoons in one litre of water. You can use one product or the other or mix them but always use ten teaspoons (40 grams) or 3.5 tablespoons in one litre. Use a teaspoon (5 ml) per gallon of water to feed your plants.
Ex. For a 40 gallon tank, use 200 ml of solution.
My small trees, shrubs and hedges are having a hard time growing. What do you recommend?
Trees, shrubs and hedges grow deep roots. As a general rule, visualize the roots being at least a 1/3 of their height. Applied fertilizers must reach this depth. To do this, scrape or dig shallow holes on top of the root zones. Think of where the rain would drip off the outer leaves. That's your target area or even a little inward or outwards. Make four shallow holes every 45 degrees for trees and shrubs and every couple of feet for hedges. Add the All-in-One fertilizer and water deeply. Make sure to water a few times over the next 2 weeks.
For deciduous trees, shrubs and hedges (they lose their leaves in the fall), add 75g grams per hole of the All-In-One fertilizer. For evergreens ( they keep their needles all year), add 50g. Repeat 1 month later if needed.