Spring into the Growing Season

With Earth Day and Spring finally here, many of us are scurrying to get our gardens ready for planting.

If you’re looking for chemical-free organic products, Growers Secret has what you need.

The product line began with Growers Secret Professional, plant growth enhancer designed for indoor and outdoor gardening. This highly concentrated formula is made from edible materials, including recycled pineapple waste from the Maui Land and Pineapple canning factories in Maui, pureed papaya, molasses, mushroom spores and other fruit juices, all of which have been fermented. It’s also OMRI-listed (the Organic Materials Review Institute, which lists materials approved for organic use).

This highly concentrated plant enhancer is OMRI-listed for organic gardening use

Growers Secret Pro is the basis of their second product – 5-2-1 all purpose fertilizer. The 5-2-1 denotes the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in the product. Fish emulsion and natural lavender were added to the original product. The lavender masks the smell of the fish emulsion.

These products contain no pesticides or petrochemicals, are safe for pets, people and the environment, and are a rich source of nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, trace minerals, macronutrients and micronutrients. And, unlike traditional fertilizers, they don’t pose a risk of chemical run-off that can contaminate groundwater or aquifers.

I tested the 5-2-1 liquid fertilizer on my lawn. The hose-end sprayer spray attachment made spraying the lawn a breeze. And amazingly, a few hours later, my lawn looked greener!

Gardeners will find it useful in other ways too, said Chaz Berman, Growers Secret’s CEO.

It will increase crop biomass by around 30%, he said, along with creating more uniformity in fruits and vegetables. As an organic home gardener, I’m well aware this is rare in organic gardening!

Another plus of 5-2-1 is that it can reduce the growing cycle by about 20 percent.

“You can get more “turns”, said Berman.

Garden Secret's lawn and garden product line

The company now offers fourteen gardening products, including their lawn and garden product line, which includes five products.

“Start” is for the propagation phase. “Green-up” is a super-rich liquid nitrogen product –  made from non-GMO soy. It’s organic, it binds with microbes in soil so it doesn’t run-off in water, and it’s readily available to plant roots.

When combined with Growers Secret Pro, it works like a plant steroid, says Berman, helping to speed up plant growth.

Their “Bloom” product is designed for the end of the growth stage, when the company suggests you stop using the fish emulsion product. It’s a little higher in the nutrients necessary for blooming, Berman said.

Their “Accelerate” product, a combination of fertilizer and Growers Secret Pro, is meant for areas in your garden where you have trouble getting things to grow. It contains more phosphate and potassium, which helps plants to grow faster.

The company also has eleven products focused on soil and soil-less gardening for hydroponics.

Growers Secret is positioning itself as “an organic alternative”.

Garden Secret's hydroponic garden product line

All their products are safe, fast and easy to use, and include packaging created with recycled plastic, including their caps and sprayers.  They’re the first in the industry to do that. And you’ll never have to touch the organic material, Berman says.

The two most important pluses of these products, said Berman are:

  • You can use them and know your family and pets are safe when they’re around it.
  • And “(they) give you brag-worthy results!”

As a recently designated B corporation, Growers Secret now has a triple bottom line, a measure often known as people, planet and profit. They strive to be sustainable and eco-friendly, including with their waste management, facilities and water usage. The entire company also volunteers for urban gardens around the San Francisco Bay area, donating its products to the gardens while putting labor into them. The resulting food goes to help feed the needy.

“We are attempting to lead by example and to make a difference,” said Berman

Growers Secret products are currently expanding their distribution throughout California and across the country. If you have questions, you can phone 888 217-9426. For product questions, contact them at Sales@growerssecret.com. You can find a retailer or order product online at Growerssecret.com.

Contributions in April to Plant with Purpose will be matched to help plant 90,000 trees - to restore the land and help provide food for those in need

Want another way to make a difference this Earth Day besides gardening? Why not become involved with Plant with Purpose.

Plant with Purpose helps alleviate poverty in the world by planting trees and helping poor rural farmers.

As part of the 58: Global Impact Tour. Plant With Purpose is hoping to raise $40,000 to plant 90,000 trees in the Dominican Republic to “restore the fruitfulness of the land and provide food for those in need.” Every contribution made during the month of April will be doubled because of a generous matching grant. It’s a simple yet easy way to make a difference this Earth Day. Help plant a tree and transform the life of a farmer.

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