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Liquid Mulch & Seaweed Fertilizer an Unbeatable Team

Liquid Mulch by itself brings many benefits. Similarly, the seaweed fertilizer brings many benefits. In the past I’ve been able to discuss these a little. Together, however, they are an unbeatable team. And that is what I’d like to cover today.

So, why would they be an unbeatable team? Well, Liquid Mulch helps to protect the plants against pests, against weeds and against drying out. It also makes for healthier and stronger roots which results in more beautiful flowers. The seaweed fertilizer contains the macro and the micro nutrients needed for healthy and beautiful flowers and plants. The microbes in the Liquid Mulch use the nutrients in the seaweed fertilizer and make it more available for the plant. This is called Bioavailability.

Just because a fertilizer is in the soil does not mean that it is available for the plant to use. In order for the plant to use it, it needs to enter the root system and be carried up the stems into the buds and the leaves. If the fertilizer is insoluble in water, or is bound to the soil in some manner away from the roots, the plant cannot use it. And this is where the microbes from the Liquid Mulch come in. They help make the nutrients bioavailable to the plants.

Nutrients in the soil are bioavailable when the roots can pick them up and transport them into the plant

Our seaweed based fertilizer has one more really important benefit. And that is that it can be absorbed by the plant through the leaves. This way it can be used directly by the plant.

The results obtained with both the Liquid Mulch and the seaweed are much greater than when only one of the products is used.

How can you do this?

  1.        Apply the liquid Mulch over the soil around the plant
  2.        Let the Liquid Mulch dry for at least one day
  3.        Add the seaweed fertilizer to the water each time that you water your plants
  4.        Remember that the plants will need less water with the Liquid Mulch than they did without it
  5.       Only water them when they need it
  6.        Enjoy your flowers and plants

One reason why many house plants die is because of either a lack of water or because they are over watered. Liquid Mulch makes this easier. Next time, I would like to discuss how one can know when it’s time to water.

Your Plants Favorite Drink

Although I am a chemist, I always felt uneasy about adding chemical fertilizers to my plants. Some of that was simply because it just doesn’t feel right. The fact is that without chemical fertilizers society could never have grown the quantity of food we need for the prices we can afford. On the other hand, we are not farmers that need to grow hundreds of acres of corn and there are real reasons why chemical fertilizers are not the best option for you, the home owner.

Usually, chemical fertilizers only contain nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. These are usually present as salts that wash away and contaminate the water. Laura Buckler states, in the on-line journal Environmental Protection: “Because the damage caused by chemical fertilizers is often long-term and cumulative, it may be wiser to consider alternative and sustainable methods of fertilizing the soil.”

Using my seaweed based fertilizer along with Liquid Mulch is one of these sustainable alternatives. This is because plants need more than just those three elements to be healthy. Both products together make an excellent and unbeatable team.

  

Applying Liquid Mulch

Liquid Mulch poured over the soil adds vital microbes that help plants develop healthy roots

Our seaweed based fertilizer contains a lot more than the essential three elements: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. It also contains many trace elements and plant proteins that plants need to be healthy. All these nutrients are encapsulated in the seaweed and are released, slowly over time; as the seaweed enriches the soil and let the microbes that are normally present in healthy soil thrive.

So, in addition to feeding the plant, the seaweed based fertilizer also feeds the soil and allows the microbes that the Liquid Mulch re-introduced to flourish. In turn, these microbes make it easier for the plants to absorb and use the nutrients that are in the soil. The end result is full, healthy plants that produce luscious flowers.

I like to think of it this way; we all enjoy a cold drink on a hot summer’s day along with our favorite meal. It refreshes us, helps us digest our food and makes us happy. Similarly, your plants will enjoy a fresh glass of seaweed fertilizer along with a nice coat of Liquid Mulch. This mental image was the inspiration for the packaging of the Liquid Mulch and the seaweed based fertilizer in the glass bottle. It is a refreshing drink and meal that your plants will enjoy.

 

Elephant Ear with Red Liquid Mulch

My elephant ear plant grew from 3 ft tall to almost 6 ft tall over the winter months

Why Liquid Mulch is Important

A few weeks ago I received a Research Article from Cornell University about, among other weed control methods, how well Liquid Mulch works and why it is important. The lead researcher was Dr. Andrew Senesac.

Andrew explained why Liquid Mulch is important this way: “Managing weeds in container nurseries can be a year-round effort. In the fall, as containers are brought into unheated hoophouses and covered with poly-film, the environment can become friendly to certain weeds. Species such as common groundsel (Senecio vulgaris), hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) and liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha) can become serious weed problems in the dormant season. Growers are interested in learning of any cultural practices or non-chemical management that will do the job. To that end, we initiated a study in late 2017 to evaluate a new product called Liquid Mulch.”

Liquid Mulch on Nursery TreesTrees at a container nursery in Ontario with grey Liquid Mulch

His conclusion was: “The results of the seedling counts indicate that by the second evaluation, all of the treatments significantly reduced common groundsel establishment.” Andrew had compared the performance of the different colors and different amounts of Liquid Mulch. All of them performed the same.

In addition, Andrew noted that most of the weeds occurred where the Liquid Mulch was not present or was poorly applied.

You can read the full article on this website under the “Why Buy Liquid Mulch” Tab. The article is at the bottom of the page.

I invite you to read the entire page because it contains useful information about Liquid Mulch. I found that in my garden, flowers are more plentiful, vibrant and last longer when I use Liquid Mulch along with the seaweed fertilizer. For example, I never had any success keeping my geraniums over the winter and always had to buy new ones in the spring.

I live near Toronto in Ontario, Canada and there are very few sunlight hours during the winter. But this year is different. Not only did the geranium plants survive but they flourished and flowered!

Liquid Mulch and Seaweed for Geranium FlowersGeranium flowers in my indoor garden in the winter

Here is what I did this year. I put the Liquid Much over the soil of my potted plants and let it dry completely.  I watered the plants only when they needed it, about once a week. I watered the plants with water that contained the seaweed based fertilizer – 1 teaspoon per liter (quart) of water. They were placed on a window sill to get light but also away from cold drafts.

Next time I want to discuss the seaweed based fertilizer. Why it is effective and how to use it? In the meantime check out our seaweed based fertilizer by following this link: https://www.advancedbioproducts.com/seaweed-fertilizer

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Beautiful Indoor Garden

Some people have great success in keeping house plants and the result is a beautiful home environment and healthier air to breath. House plants also help relax us and help make the home environment feel like a safe haven. Others, like me, have always struggled with house plants. I forget to water them and often they die from neglect.

I have developed a number of products to help me keep beautiful house plants. And I know that they can help you too. If you have difficulty but love plants, these products are for you. If you already are an expert these products can also help you by making it easier. Maybe you know of someone that would benefit from a gift package?

In addition, I have worked hard to keep all the products natural. That’s because I really believe that it’s important for us to minimize our negative impact on the earth. So, the products I develop are made from renewable resources such as corn and are biodegradable or compostable.

Some of the products that can help you are:

  • Liquid Mulch
    • Use this product to help your plants develop healthy roots and to retain moisture so that you don’t have water as often
  • Seaweed based fertilizer
    • Use this product to promote luscious growth and beautiful flowers
  • Decorative Time released fertilizer beads
    • Use this product to feed your house plants a little every time that you water them. It is the same as the seaweed based fertilizer but is easier to use

Today, I have healthy and beautiful houseplants and they make me very happy. It would bring even more joy knowing that the products that I’ve developed also help others.

Try our starter kit or our gift package. Register and get $10 worth of reward leaves. You can use those points right away to try out some of my products. I look forward to your comments about how you enjoyed using my products.

Introducing our New Liquid Mulch for Home Landscaping

Spring is here! And, I am happy to announce the arrival of our Liquid Mulch for your landscaping needs. This Liquid Mulch product is specifically designed to help you in your flower beds and garden. Simply pour it over the soil and let it dry completely. Then, enjoy the summer. As with the Liquid Mulch for potted plants, three colours are available: Black, Brown and Red. It’s available in a 3.73 L jug (1 gallon) that covers about 1 m2 (1 sq. yard) or 18 L pail that covers about 4.5 m2 (5 sq yards).

Mulching is an important part of keeping a healthy garden and of reducing the amount of work you need to do in the yard. As with any yard work, preparation is important. The cleaner and smoother the area is the better the result will be.

Unlike loose mulch, Liquid Mulch doesn’t fly around in the wind. It keeps the dirt around the plants, reduces water lost by evaporation from the soil and keeps the weeds out!

It is also really easy to make changes in your flower bed. Transplant, add or remove plants as you desire and then simply pour some more Liquid Mulch over the affected area. There is no cutting or manipulating of bulky sheets needed.

These are all important aspects of keeping a healthy garden. More importantly, it lets you enjoy your garden as opposed to spending time weeding.

You can use Liquid Mulch in many ways. For example, you can simply leave it as is or, you can add some decorative stones in between to create a contrast.

Help us spread the word through Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Advanced-Bio-Products) and Twitter (@AdvancedBP). Share with us your stories of how you used it.

Help Us Save 2.5 Million L of Crude Oil

I started developing Liquid Mulch and the other polysaccharide based products because I have a strong belief that humanity can accomplish the same standard of living without abusing the environment or without depleting the earth’s resources.

Since the first products went commercial in 2010, these natural polysaccharide based products have saved over 1.7 million L of crude oil. Now, you, the individual can also help because these products have been made into a format that can be used around your home. For example, there is Liquid Mulch for potted plants, decorative pots, etc.

Each bottle of Liquid Mulch that you use instead of spraying the plant with pesticides/herbicides or instead of putting a geo fabric over the ground saves about 50 g of crude oil. In addition it saves about 2 L of water over three months. Each time you use one of our small 6” decorative pots instead of an equivalent plastic pot you also help save about 50 g of crude oil.

Our goal is to save 2.5 million L of crude oil.

Help us spread the word through Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Advanced-Bio-Products) and Twitter (@AdvancedBP). Help us help our environment by suggesting new products. You may win the one you suggest!

Why Do We Do What We Do?

Elephant Ear Plant with Red Liquid Mulch

There is much more to Advanced Bio Products than Liquid Mulch. We build our products on a vision of a world that respects our environment. At the same time, our products bring real benefit to you.

For example, Liquid Mulch was specially designed to make it easier for you to care for gardens and potted plants. While the ready to use Liquid Mulch for outdoor gardens will be available shortly, Liquid Mulch for potted plants is already available. Both products help you care for your plants. It is very easy to apply and takes very little time and effort. Once dry, it seals the soil by forming a permeable crust. So the plant can still breathe. Water along with nutrients can still get to the roots. This accomplishes several things.

  1.        The soil is held in place. It doesn’t fall out when the pot is knocked over;
  2.        Water cannot evaporate as quickly and remains available to the plant for more time. This is especially important when you go away for some time;

And when the plant is put outside for the day or for the summer;

        The soil isn’t blown about by the wind;

  1.        The soil can’t be washed out by heavy rain or when watering;
  2.        Seeds that fall on top, such as weed seeds, cannot sprout because they don’t have access to the soil;
  3.        Insects can’t lay their eggs or larvae in the soil and so there are fewer pests. This is important when you bring the plant back inside.

One of the products that is used by our industrial customers is the binder AMP30. It is used to make fertilizer pellets. We have used it to make decorative time release fertilizer pellets. A future blog will discuss this product.

We have also developed two types of small decorative pots. These pots are actually made from jute or paper bags and are saturated in AMP30. This makes them into plastic-like pots that look like paper bags or jute bags. They are very popular and will also be discussed in further detail in a future blog.

There is the seaweed based fertilizer and the temporary protective coating for the hobbyist or for home renovations. There is much to talk about. I look forward to your feedback through Facebook or Twitter.

Thank you for Coming to Our Open House!

 

Thank you to everyone that came to our open house for the launch of our new products and our new e-store. You helped make it a resounding success. We learnt about Liquid Mulch; what it does, how to use it and why it works. One aspect of which I’m particularly proud is that we have been able to help you save over 1,700,000 L of crude oil. Every time you use one of our products instead of a plastic, you help us achieve our vision of a world that respects the environment.

 

During the open house, we held a contest. People chose their preference of colour for our new decorative, time release fertilizer beads. The beads that were on display were a reddish/brown colour. The beads were well received and we got many good colour suggestions. However, the one colour that was recommended the most was green.

 

From all those that suggested green a winner will be chosen and they will receive a free package of the decorative, time release fertilizer beads in green.

 

The current contest invites you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. The first 25 on each platform will receive one new product of their choice. I look forward to sending you a gift package.

 

More events like our open house are being planned and I will keep you updated.

Come to Our Open House on Friday April 20th

We are very excited to invite you to our open house for the launch of our new products and our new e-store. During the open house you will learn more about Liquid Mulch and many other products. You will be able to see how to use our new products and how they will benefit your home garden. You will also be able to see part of the process we use to make our products.

Among the products that will be featured are: Liquid Mulch for indoor plants, Liquid Mulch for the garden, Natural & biodegradable decorative pots, Decorative & time release fertilizer beads, Liquid seaweed based fertilizer and Decorative & scented sticks for potted plants.

The Open House is:

Friday April 20th 2018 2pm-8pm

At:

615 Main St, E
Milton, ON

L9T 3J2

During your visit you can participate in selecting the colours for the decorative, time release fertilizer beads as well as for the decorative, scented sticks for potted plants.

Another way you can follow the latest updates and news is by following us on Twitter: @AdvancedBP

We will keep on introducing interesting and novel products. Let us know what you would like to see in our store.

Come and enjoy a coffee with us. We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

Introducing our new Decorative Jute Pot

One purpose of this e-store is to bring you hard to find, unique products that help you beautify your home. Another is to help keep your home environment healthy with products that are made from natural sources and are biodegradable.

 

This new decorative pot definitely meets that objective. It is a jute bag coated with our proprietary corn based polymer so that it is a solid pot. This makes the pot easy to keep clean. Simply dust, vacuum or wipe off with a moist rag. The container is bio-degradable and can be composted.

Decorative Jute Pot Decorative Bag Pot

Decorative containers need not be made from plastic or terra cotta. Using our products gives you the decorating flexibility of plastic while keeping the natural and environmentally friendly aspects of clay and terra cotta.

 

This pot makes beautifying even small spaces easy. One can simply put any potted plant into the decorative container, as we did in the picture to the left. Or, the flowers can be planted directly into the pot, as we did in the picture to the right.

 

We will keep on introducing interesting and novel products. One way to keep up to date with our new product introductions is by signing up to our newsletter when you register. (http://advancedbioproducts.com/register) Or, you can visit or New Products page on a regular basis. (http://advancedbioproducts.com/newproducts) Or, you may sign up for our RSS feed.

 

When combined with our Liquid Mulch a vibrant combination of colours can be made that is beautifies with little effort.