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February Arrives!

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February Arrives!

In February fashion, we’re reminded: winter persists; as spring dreams draw ever nearer...


With month number one out of the way, it is time to deal with…the last month of winter!  We’re going to try to avoid staring out the window this week (just watch The At Home Show) and let time do its thing. There will be a time to deal with your damaged (notice I didn’t say dead) plants…later.  For now, let’s train our thoughts on gardening projects and soil preparation.  Soil preparation might not make you jump for joy, but I assure you, the nutritional benefits associated with properly prepared soil will be on full display by your plants, in the coming months.


Endo and ectomycorrhizal fungi, as well as humic acid, play important roles in the growth and development of plants. These three components are essential for optimal plant growth and health, and plants that are deficient in these often struggle to thrive.


Endomycorrhizal fungi form a symbiotic relationship with the roots of plants, where the fungus penetrates the root cells and forms a network of hyphae, or thread-like structures, that help the plant absorb nutrients and water.


Ectomycorrhizal fungi, form a sheath around the roots of plants and also help the plant absorb nutrients and water. This type of fungus is typically found in trees and woody plants.


Humic acid, also known as humates, is a naturally occurring substance that is found in soil. It is a complex mixture of organic compounds that are derived from the decomposition of plant and animal matter. Humic acid plays a vital role in soil health, as it helps to improve soil structure, increase nutrient availability, and promote the growth of beneficial microorganisms, such as mycorrhizal fungi.


EarthMix® soils, amendments and composts, such as SuperNatural™ are enriched with these naturally occurring substances, and more.  We have two webinars this coming week to get you ready for the season ahead.  First, we have, “Vegetable Garden Planning with Austin Lohin”, on February 7th, and “Raised Beds with Ben Trest”, on February 9th!


We’re getting you ready to dig!


David Bates



  1. Luisa Freeman Luisa Freeman

    Thank you for the encouraging words re our not-necessarily-dead plants. So you're saying not to I est in a chipper yet? I look forward to soil augmentation as a productive diversion and will try to join your webinars. Keep up the good words.

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