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Researchers in Massachusetts and Florida have recently shown what many have known for ages: Blueberries are good for you. Eating a cup of the diminutive berries each day appears to protect against age-related mental decline. Early research shows that aged rats fed blueberries in an amount equivalent to one cup per day for humans displayed less tissue damage in two distinct regions of the brain. In addition, older mice that regularly consumed blueberries were better able to negotiate mazes than their berry-deprived counterparts.
Plant blueberry bushes in a well-drained location with a mixture of one-half soil and about one-half dampened peat moss. Water in with 3 oz. of AGGRAND 4-3-3 Natural Fertilizer dissolved in one gallon of water. Apply when buds swell on existent plantings. Mulch with pine needles or fine sawdust. Foliar feed at first bloom, and again after harvest, with 2 oz/gallon of AGGRAND 0-0-8.
For those of you who use the hose end sprayer with the quart bottles of AGGRAND liquid fertilizers, we have some tips for you. Many of these tips have come from readers out in the field:
1. Drill the hole in the top of the hose end sprayer (that attaches to the straw that goes inside the bottle) a little bigger. This increases the vacuum drawing power from the bottle.
2. Putting your thumb on the "straw" hole (the hole where the straw is inserted) while the water is flowing and then rapidly removing your thumb helps dislodge any particles that may be plugging the sprayer.
3. Shaking the bottle while applying AGGRAND keeps the liquid in suspension for easier application.
4. Run the water in the hose at low to moderate pressure, as this helps draw out the fertilizer. It is not necessary to run your hose at a high pressure.
5. You can dilute the AGGRAND fertilizer with one-half water and one-half AGGRAND (in the bottle). Pour the remaining AGGRAND into another container to use when the original bottle is empty.
To properly maintain a live Christmas tree, first buy a potted evergreen of the size and variety you want at a nursery. Before the ground freezes, dig a hole for the tree, cover it with straw and store the soil from the hole somewhere it will not freeze. Keep your potted tree well watered the whole time and bring it inside a few days before Christmas. Now you can decorate and enjoy it like any other Christmas tree. Your tree will think it’s spring and start to grow new needles at the branch tips within a few days. Either take it out and plant it in that hole using the soil you set aside, or keep it inside near a sunny window and water it regularly until spring. In spring, plant it in the hole and water it in with AGGRAND 4-3-3.
Fall, before the ground freezes, is a good time to take soil samples for nutrient analysis. The AGGRAND Soil Sample Kit includes everything you need to collect your sample. Complete instructions are included for a basic analysis of one sample. You’ll send your sample to Midwest Labs in Omaha, Nebraska and they will send a copy of the analysis to you and one to AGGRAND. We will review it and send you a copy of the AGGRAND Fertility Guide showing you which AGGRAND fertilizer products to use. The results should arrive within a few weeks and you’ll have plenty of time to plan your garden and fertilizing schedule accordingly.
Poinsettias are native to Central Mexico. Their colorful parts are not actually flowers but leaf-like bracts. The poinsettia can grow 10 feet tall outdoors in mild winter areas. While indoors, they are best kept in moist, but not wet, soil near a sunny window. Once a poinsettia is blooming, it should not be moved to a different location. It will not adapt well to sudden temperature changes. To maintain leaf color and production use AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer at 2 oz. per gallon of water and one half ounce AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash per gallon of water once a month. This will help keep poinsettias pretty well into March.
AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime is made with dolomitic limestone containing the essential nutrients calcium and magnesium. Calcium improves soil texture, makes phosphorus and micronutrients more available to the plant and improves the environment for microorganisms, the builders of the soil.
Magnesium is part of the lifeblood, or chlorophyl, of the plant and controls the development of this molecule. If we had magnesium in our blood instead of iron, we would all be plant life. Dolomitic lime is about 35-45 percent magnesium. AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime has about seven percent calcium and four percent magnesium.
Typical granular or bagged limestone application instructions for field or garden will specify to apply a certain number of pounds per acre or per 100 square feet to raise soil pH and increase alkalinity. Depending on how fine the lime is and the character of the soil, it could take three years to raise soil pH one point. That is the time usually allowed for all the limestone to break down and become a useful part of the soil. Normally, only 50 percent or less of ground limestone passes through a 100 fine mesh screen.
AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime is super-finely ground dolomitic limestone with 100 percent passing through a 300 fine mesh screen. When mixed with water, as directed, the lime becomes available to the plant immediately. The readily available calcium in the soil around the plants encourages the utilization of other nutrients. The crop responds with vigorous green growth since it can now use nutrients more effectively.
As fine as AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime is for lawn, turf, pasture and food plots, there are other useful applications as well.
One AGGRAND customer is a certified pesticide dealer, and after talking to the AGGRAND department, he tried using the Liquid Lime along the sides of brick and stucco houses to help remove moss that had accumulated over time. To his amazement, the Liquid Lime killed the moss and helped eliminate it from the sides of the houses.
Liquid Lime is also a great treatment to eliminate moss around pine trees and shaded grassy areas. Moss proliferates in acidic areas and soils, therefore the alkalinity of the AGGRAND Liquid Lime neutralizes the soil, brick and stucco to kill the moss.
In August of 2000, the Virginia Department of Transportation contracted to have seed and lime applied to medians and around bridges on I-64 between Richmond and Virginia Beach.
Their biggest problem was bag lime dust, considering the 40,000 cars per hour traffic flow along this corridor. When AMSOIL Direct Jobber David Reid introduced them to AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime, they were quite willing to give it a try. They put down the lime and seed together using a hydroseeder spray gun, saving a lot of operator time in the process. No sooner had the mixture been put down than it rained for three days. Even so, the AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime provided noticeably superior green-up to the previously bag-limed areas, which foreman Kevin Greg noted “didn’t have enough grass to feed a rat.” Needless to say, they’ll be using it again this year.
AGGRAND application rates and experiences featured here have been submitted by sources independent of AGGRAND. Your experiences may vary. Optimal application rates can vary due to soil condition, crop type, weather patterns and many other factors. AGGRAND recommends and supports soil analysis to determine optimal application rates.