So to get this tutorial off and running, let me start by saying my main objective for this is to get as much knowledge out of you all as i hope you will out of this ..I dont know nor proclaim to know all there is about organics or for that matter the Earth Juice Nutrients collection but i have done a lot of research and studying on the matter and feel i can share some of my findings with those of you that are interested.. By the way i am also a client and i will be holding my own court with my latest grow that im doing as well so i will not be sending anyone to the slaughter alone so to speak.. So to get it started let go to where i began this journey many months ago!! This is great info on the nutes we have chose to grow our buds with...Enjoy Re: Nute Useage: Earth Juice-Grow (1) I use it. It is a very nice organic choice. The way I like to do it (until the plants say to do different) is a Feed, Water, Water, Feed program with it. Use medium dosage for soil on the bottle. They seem to love this. EJ is very acidic, and works best if bubbled in a bucket with an air pump and airstone for 24-48 hours, and works well with the catylist. The microbes in the EJ grow feed on the catylist during bubbling creating a whole microherd for your soil. I recommend the whole line up of products, minus the essential spray, and the microblast (that is for hydro). That means Grow/Bloom/Catylist/Meta-K. I like Alaska Morbloom for budding because it has no nitrogen and is also OMRI listed. (2) Either way you go, bubbling will help stabilize the PH so minimal PH up needs to be added (if not bubbled first, excessive ph up will be needed to get it in range, then as it stabilizes in the soil causes a mad ph swing that the plants will not like., if any, and the tea works better than straight out of the bottle mixed with water. Always use the Catylist with the EJ grow or bloom, the meta-k is for early veg growth and mid to late flowering. (3)It is hard to burn with organics. What bubbling (put water in a 5gal bucket with an air pump and airstones) does is stabilizes your nute solution. It is extremely acidic when first mixed and will take a while for the soil to buffer that solution. If you bubble it, it brings it closer to neutral and the soil will buffer it quicker and you will have less of a ph swing. Yeah there are benificials in FFOF, but you need to feed them with a good tea to keep them going. When using organics, we are feeding the soil, not the plants. You are not F'd without the catylist, but you will notice a difference when you do decide to use it. Either way, grow alone or with the rest of the line of nutes, it needs to be bubbled for 24-48 hours before use for best results. Also, make the mix in RO water, and feed them with plain tap water during a Feed, water, water, feed cycle, plants do need a small amount of chlorine from the tap water. (4) EJ is a great product and as HIllbilly said it is near impossible to burn with, just watch your ph and brew it for 24-48 hours to bring the ph up a bit. EJ also makes a great organic ph up that is very stable so you may want to look into ading that to your line up as well This is just 4 of the many i found online talking about brew teas with Ej and the bottom portion of this page is a tutorial on just how to and along with the rest i believe it is from the makers of EJ.. Here is the feeding chart that I spoke of! this helped me ALOT when I first started using EJ products. It was originally posted on "3lb". I coppied it from another EJ post. "The three_little_birds are well know for our love of growing using organic fertilizers . . . And while we are always looking for ways to utilize inexpensive and effective materials like manure, alfalfa meal, kelp meal, and a variety of rock powders . . . we also know that some folks will only use organic growing methods if the option is fairly simple and mess free . . . while organic fertilizers from a bottle will never likely be as cost effective as using rock powders and teas made from alfalfa or guano . . . they do offer great convenience . . . And the good news for growers who demand their organic fertilizers in a bottle . . . is that herbs grown exclusively with todays liquid organic fertilizers will rival those grown with any method of organic growing weve ever used or experienced . . . theres no need to sacrifice quality for convenience if your pocketbook can withstand the additional cost . . . Our favorite among premixed liquid fertilizers is the complete line of Earth Juice products . . . weve sampled other fertilizers but always come back to Earth Juice . . . In our opinion they are the premium standard against which all other organic ferts must measure themselves . . . The basic line of Earth Juice fertilizers is 5 different products that can all be used in any combination with each other . . . the ability to mix and match any of the 5 products gives us the versatility to deal with any nutrient need (or problem) that might arise . . . heres a listing of Earth Juice array . . . Earth Juice Grow Earth Juice Bloom Earth Juice Catalyst (called Xatalyst in Canada) Earth Juice Meta-K Earth Juice Microblast The Grow and Bloom formulas can be used alone or in combination with each other . . . no big explanation necessary with those names . . . their intended uses are pretty obvious . . . Catalyst is basically a jazzed up Molasses / carbohydrate product to feed beneficial bacteria and act as a chelate . . . Meta-K is an awesome Potassium supplement . . . and Microblast is one of the most useful and effective micronutrient products weve had the pleasure of using . . . in our next post well give a more formal introduction to the various components of the EJ line of ferts . . . The EJ lineup heres the scoop . . . the tech intell . . . the lowdown . . . the skinny . . . on what exactly is in those Earth Juice ferts that the 3LBs talk about so much . . . EARTH JUICE GROW 2-1-1 bat guano kelp sulfate of potash feather meal oat bran blood meal steamed bone meal this is the jack of all trades among the Earth Juice products . . . useful throughout all of vegging and the first couple weeks of vegging . . . Depending on a plants growth stage and we use the EJ Grow at concentrations of anywhere from 1 TBSP to 2 TBSP per gallon (and we have pushed it to 3 to 4 TBSP without harm for very heavy feeders) EARTH JUICE BLOOM 0-3-1 bat guano seabird guano kelp sulfate of potash steamed bone meal oat bran rock phosphate we love our Earth Juice Bloom as a flowering fertilizer and. . . because this product has no Nitrogen its especially useful for late stage flowering when its desirable to let a plant use up the soils nitrogen reserves . . . and for an added boost of Phosphorous at those times when plants need an extra boost of P . . . we normally use EJ Bloom at rates between ½ and 2 TBSP per gallon . . . EARTH JUICE CATALYST oat bran kelp wheat malt molasses yeast For some odd reason, the Canadian Government requires this product to be labeled as Xatalyst . . . but whatever its called where you live . . . if youve looked over the Molasses Manual by the 3LB you may already know the biggest secret to this product . . . the sweet sticky goodness of molasses . . . as weve said elsewhere molasses feeds microbes and acts as a chelating agent to make micronutrients more available to plants . . . those extra organic goodies in Catalyst like wheat malt and oat bran are just icing on the cake . . . Earth Juice ****-K 0-0-10 sulfate of potash Pretty simple product with apparently only a single active ingredient . . . it does have a good measure of Sulfur . . . and its very useful to give an extra boost of Potassium when necessary . . . Many organic fertilizers run a little lean on K - especially guano based products . . . and EJ ****-K gives us a way to add that needed Potassium in controlled amounts as needed . . . Earth Juice Microblast kelp meal magnesium sulfate borax cobalt sulfate ferrous sulfate manganese sulfate sodium molybdate zinc sulfate The Microblast tests out to the following percentages . . . Magnesium (Mg) .05%, Boron (B) .02%, Cobalt (Co) .0005%, Iron (Fe) .10%, Manganese (Mn) .05%, Molybdenum (Mo) .0005%, Zinc (Zn) .05% . . . in our experience its a great all around micronutrient supplement that resolves almost every potential micronutrient issue likely to arise . . . There's your "Earth Juice All Stars" lineup . . . It's not "soup" yet . . . but in our next post we'll give the recipes to feed your plant's a gourmet diet . . . Earth Juice Recipes Growth Recipes We get many PMs and email requests for our Earth Juice recipes . . . many folks - it seems - would love for us to just spell out the specific nutrient mixes and quantities we use with every feeding . . . . if only life were so simple! What and how much we use vary's some from strain to strain . . . Perhaps even from plant to plant . . . so its just not possible to set a schedule and ignore the plants . . . The best gardeners become at one with their plants and feed them according to the plants needs . . . even anticipating their needs . . . Our standard mix for vegging plants is usually 1 to 2 TBSP Grow 1 tsp Bloom 1 tsp Catalyst (called Xatalyst in Canada for some odd reason) (all ingredients are added to a gallon of water . . . ) There are times where we might increase the Bloom portion up to as much as a tablespoon . . . Especially for plants in the early stages of flowering . . . and we can go as high as 3 or even 4 TBSP of Grow for really N hungry plants - but if we increase the Grow fert above 2 TBSP per gallon we usually leave out Bloom & Catalyst ) We also use what we call our "microblast mix" once or twice during the normal life-cycle of vegging plants . . . no big difference between this and the prior mix except this one has an extra boost of **** K and Microblast . . . 1-2 TBSP Grow 1 tsp Bloom 1 tsp Catalyst 1 tsp ****-K 1 tsp Microblast As folks may have observed in our Growing LUI with the 3LB thread . . . we also commonly use some kinds of fish fertilizers and kelp concentrates during a plants early growth stages . . . we like the combination of enzymes and proteins and hormones the fish and kelp provide together . . . but its common for some fish products to be high in heavy metal contaminants like Mercury . . . so the seafood platter is a treat we feed our babes and the Earth Juice is their regular diet . . . Flowering Recipes Early stage flowering plants can often use a fair measure of nitrogen as they stretch . . . so a normal Earth Juice mix in early flowering will look pretty similar to a Grow mix . . . we like to use something along the lines of the following for the first couple weeks of flowering . . . 1 TBSP EJ Grow 1 TBSP EJ Bloom 1 tsp Catalyst (yeah we know - its Xatalyst north of a line from Seattle - Duluth - Niagra!) As flowering progresses we forego the Nitrogen to let our plants use N reserves from the soil as they finish flowering . . . so mixing an Earth Juice Bloom formula can be as easy as . . . 1 TBSP EJ Bloom 1 tsp EJ Catalyst For really hungry darlings well go as high as 2 TBSP per gallon with the EJ Bloom . . . but pouring it on that heavy can burn light feeders . . . and even with heavy feeders its better to build up to stronger concentrations of EJ Bloom over time than to just start in at 2 TBSP per gallon right away as plants begin to flower. . . ....and we also have a bloom "micro-mix" that includes Meta-K and Microblast . . . it's used once in a blooming plant's life (or maybe twice in plants with a long flowering) . . . Like the growth microblast mix it gives an extra boost of Potassium and assorted micronutrients to make sure the plants will want for nothing! The flowering micro-mix usually goes like this . . . 1 TBSP Bloom 1 tsp Catalyst 1 tsp ****-K 1 tsp Microblast That's about all there is to making an awsome plant-enriching organic brew with Earth Juice . . . it's really that simple . . . Earth Juice Notes In theory theres no need to flush organic soil grown herbs before harvest . . . and because organic fertilizers are not salt based like chemical fertilizers . . . traditional techniques for flushing wouldnt carry away nutrient salts in the traditional meaning of the word flush anyway . . . That creates a danger with organic fertilizers that doesnt exist with salt based chemical fertilizers . . . with salt fertilizers over-fertilizing can be pretty severe . .. But it will show up fairly quickly . . . and the solution (a good flushing) can be enacted pretty quickly too . . . Its probably harder for a grower to over-fertilize using organic fertilizers . . . but if they do theres no quick solution . . . organic fertilizers usually cant be flushed away like salt fertilizers can . . . so if a grower over-fertilizes they will likely have to live with the consequences for a longer term . . . And when it comes to harvest time . . . we do go ahead and put our organic herbs on a crash diet . . . in the past its just been pure water for the last two weeks . . . But lately weve been experimenting with using Fulvic Acid with the watering during the second week before harvest . . . and then plain water the final week . . . this technique really seems to bring out the fullest potential of our babes . . . but the wonders of Humic Acid and Fulvic Acid are deserving of their own thread . . . . . ************************************************** ************************************************** ************ Before we finish our initial discussion of Earth Juice Fertilizers . . . we need to touch on the practice of premixing and bubbling Earth Juice fertilizers . . . we get a lot of questions on this topic in private so may as well discuss it here and avoid having to type the same information time and time again . . . This is the most common question we hear . . . Is it absolutely necessary to pre-mix and bubble / aerate Earth Juice fertilizers before use ? ? ? Our simple answer is no its not necessary at all . . . but Earth Juice will be more efficiently and effectively used if brewed for 24-48 hours before use . . . in organic farming the old adage is feed the soil not the plant . . . and making your Earth Juice fert mix into an aerated tea maximizes the benefits it can provide for your plants . . . but they will work fine if used without any premixing or bubbling . . . we would also like to add that if you do not care to go to the bother of premixing and aerating your Earth Juice . . . that you use the fertilizers in smaller / lighter proportions . . . We also hear this question a lot . . . What about the low pH of those Earth Juice fertilizers? - Will that low pH harm my plants? And our simple answer is that theres likely little concern about that issue unless your growing medium is already abnormally acidic . . . but we can also say that the pre-mixing and bubbling/aerating we talked about in the prior question will moderate the pH to an extent . . . and that can allow heavier feedings overall . . . Our experience with Earth Juice in everything from 3 gallon pots to 30 gallon beds indoors is that a good soil mix with a healthy microbe population will moderate its own pH to an extent . . . and the calcite and dolomite lime use commonly in soil mixes will do some of the work as well . . . so weve never had any actual problems with pH in our Earth Juice experience . . . ************************************************** ************************************************** ********* And finally we also get asked . . . Can I get by with just Bloom and Grow and not have to go to the expense of the other products? And the simple answer is yes of course you can. Catalyst is a molasses based product so the substitution of cheap and easily available Blackstrap molasses will be almost as good as the real thing. . . And although we prefer to use Microblast and ****-K a few times during a plants life . . . weve certainly had great grows without them . . . Not having those extra ingredients available will make your life much more difficult if something does go wrong . . . having a sufficient source of Potassium is a major factor in a plants ability to withstand the heat stresses inherent in many grow rooms . . . and micronutrient deficiencies can be hard to diagnose and treat without a full range micronutrient fertilizer like Microblast . . . Maxicrop kelp concentrate is the only other substitute we know of thats as effective at treating a shortage of potassium and trace minerals . . . and many growers prefer to avoid using kelp products during the later stages of flowering . . . Why no MaxiCrop during the end of bloom ? Not everyone agrees on this topic . . . but kelp and kelp concentrates contain growth hormones that might interfere with or prolong a plant's natural flowering cycle . . . Someone even polled that question here recently . . . and there really was no general agreement . . . our opinion is that the plant growth hormones in kelp and kelp concentrates might encourage a bit extra stretch . . . and perhaps prolong flowering slightly . . . We can't point to any specific studies that back up our observation . . . it's simply something where we prefer to err on the side of caution . . . so we try to avoid giving any "mixed messages" to our plants in the advanced stages of flowering . . . Many thanks to all who have chirped in . . . our flock of friends is glad to hear this "guide" has helped some folks already . . . we hope that other Earth Juice users will "chirp in" with their own recipes and uses for this versitile line of organic products . . .