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 10 Years of Organic Growth! 

The Pantry celebrates 10 years in business with a new special or action each month. To start,  10% of January's net sales will go to charity: Half to the Ancient Forest Alliance and half to Our Place Society here in Victoria. Thank you!

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Humates Help Your Plants Get Their Fertilizer

Humates

Humic and fulvic acids are very similar, the main difference being that fulvic acids are smaller, which means they're more soluble in water.

They’re both important in the soil, though, and I think about them as one. I mostly call them humates.

It’s extremely beneficial to build up humates in our soil. Compost and humus contain them, so if you’re composting, you’re probably in good shape.

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Big Thanks and a long overdue update

To All Customers, Supporters, and Friends of the Pantry in 2012:

Thank you, thank you so much for this fabulous past year!

Granted, you saw the last newsletter in February, and here we are on New Year's Eve - time sure flies... So what on earth have I been up to? Well, here's a long overdue update:

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Nitrogen fixers and Phone orders

The chickens experienced their first snow last month. It was very amusing to watch them traipsing through the white stuff and trying to eat some. I made sure that they had warm water to drink, plenty to eat, and extra thick bedding during the cold weather, and amazingly they are continuing to lay eggs too!

I am adding a few new items to the Pantry this spring, starting with Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria. This is a common microbial inoculant that you may have already heard about.

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Politics, Houseplants, and a New Look

Ten days away from the winter solstice - the garden is fast asleep, resting under a thick blanket of leaves and replenishing its strength. At this time I imagine a great pendulum slowing down as it reaches its highest point, and pausing there for a moment, before starting to swing the other way on the journey towards summer again.

A good time to pause and consider what is behind us, where we're at right now, and what lies ahead. (It is also a good time of year to make your houseplants happy! More on that below.)

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Compost Tea Food Recipes

When making aerated compost tea, you can of course simply extract the microbes that are present in the compost. But, as you probably know, if you add certain foods to the brew, you can also multiply them. The foods also add plant nutrients and minerals.

Multiplying aerobic microbes means they need to breathe oxygen, so aeration is absolutely important. Including foods in compost tea brewing is really a balancing act of supplying an optimum amount of foods without creating anaerobic conditions.

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Comparing Compost Tea And EM

Happy Spring Equinox!

I know, it's been an on-again, off-again roller coaster ride here in Victoria, with all that snow just a month ago and temperatures still hovering in the single digits. But the birds and flowers are now out in force and they can't be wrong, can they?

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Customizing Compost

Here we are now, midway between winter solstice and spring equinox! The skies are still grey, yet buds are swelling everywhere and the birds are starting to make a lot of joyful noise. A few days ago I went out into the garden late at night. I stood in the darkness transfixed, listening to that intense rustle and bustle within the leaf mulch. It was like hearing the earth eat and breathe. It's happening again!

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Fungi Are Back!

Summer has come and gone and the July newsletter never even happened... But today I am back and very happy to announce that mycorrhizal fungi are once again back on the Pantry shelf. After much searching for an alternative to imported products, I have now switched to a large Canadian supplier who makes a decent inoculum at a comparable price.

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A Lively Start!

Spring has sprung early, then took a little break, and is now in full swing again! And similarly, the first quarter running The Organic Gardener's Pantry has been quite the ride. I am on an exponential learning curve, answering questions, filling orders, and keeping supplies coming.

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News Of Change

Dear Customers of
The Organic Gardener's Pantry,

Happy Holidays and All The Best for 2010!

The New Year will bring a change at the helm of the Pantry. As of January 2010, you will be noticing a new voice on the phone and a new name at the bottom of the e-mails.

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