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Gardening Articles for week ending 13th October 2018

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Written by Wally Richards.

I have written about Humate and Fulvic acid many times in the past; then this week, two things that were brought to my attention so I thought, its time to give it a spin again.
In fact it was this morning while talking to a gardener from Whakatane and she told me about her success with the product.
Last season she grew two broccoli in two separate areas of the garden one was sprayed every two weeks with a diluted solution of Humate and Fulvic acid the other was not.
Both plants grew to maturity but the difference in size between the treated and the other one was considerable. Her words, 'the treated plant was really big, about twice the size'
The other instance was a email advert selling Fulvic acid as a human health product coming from NZ fossilized flora which grew many thousands of years ago.
It reminded me that I used to have a local lady who come and buy 5 litres of the Humate and Fulvic acid from me every couple of months or so. One time she said 'I dont use this on the garden you know'?
Of course I said what do you use it for then?
I was told she added it to her horses feed and that she had rescued a very sick horse sometime ago which the vets had said should be put down.
Instead she looked after the horse and gave it Humate and Fulvic acid every day in its food bag. It took about 3 months she said for the horse to regain full health and she was able to ride the horse there after.
I was also told there is a vet product that is Humate and Fulvic acid but very expensive when comparing the price of our 5 litres.
Sometime ago another gardener read an article I had written about germinating seeds and using Humate and Fulvic acid to assist.
He told me that he soaked some pumpkin seeds overnight in a solution of Humate and Fulvic acid and planted them next morning.
The following day the seeds had germinated and he had baby pumpkin plants. Yes it promotes fast germination of seeds.
A story that I have told more times than I can remember was from an Auckland gardener who is keen on growing roses.
He sprayed them two weekly with Humate and Fulvic acid from the start of a season and by January/ February when we talked, I was told his roses were looking better than they had ever done previously for that time of the year.
Some of the roses which never had perfume previously now did have!
He said the neighbors roses next door were finished for the season due to humidity, temperature and leaf diseases.
Where his roses had only a little leaf disease, lots of new buds and ample flowers with heady perfumes.
The following year he won the street gardening competition due to the regular spraying of Humate and Fulvic acid according to him. (The following year he was banned from entering the competition as his garden was too good no one could compete)
Its a tough world when your a gardener that use only natural things such as Humate and Fulvic acid and everyone wants to know your secrets.
Humate and Fulvic acid? Did I forget to say? It is Magic Botanic Liquid (MBL)
You need to use it as a foliage spray 2 weekly over your food crops and preferred plants such as roses during the season.
You can add any other plant sprays to it such as Mycorrcin, Bio Marinus™ fish fertiliser, Wallys Super Neem Oil, Wallys Super Pyrethrum, Wallys Perkfection, Wallys Liquid Copper and Raingard.
If you want to really see some interesting plant reactions try this: Dissolve a table spoon of Black Strap molasses into 500 mils of non-chlorinated hot water add to another 1.5 liters (1500 mils) of non chlorinated water.
To this add 20 mils of MBL and 10 mils of Mycorrcin, shake to mix and spray a few preferred plants such as tomatoes or roses. Repeat every two weeks.
Ideally have a similar plant nearby that you do not spray to be your control. You should see a significant difference within 3 or more applications.

I read a recent study this week which showed the most commonly used weed killer, glyphosate, is contributing to our substantial loss of honey bees and likely bumble bees also.
See the Guardian article here:

'The world’s most used weed killer damages the beneficial bacteria in the guts of honeybees and makes them more prone to deadly infections, new research has found.'
And: “Other research, from China and published in July, showed that honeybee larvae grew more slowly and died more often when exposed to glyphosate.
An earlier study, in 2015, showed the exposure of adult bees to the herbicide at levels found in fields “impairs the cognitive capacities needed for a successful return to the hive”.'
The new study can be seen at

You may ask how does a bee come into contact with glyphosate?
Simple; the chemical has a long soil life so plants growing in the areas previously treated with glyphosate take up the chemical through the roots and translocates through the plant and to the nectar in the flowers.
The bees collect the nectar and their health is affected.
Clover is not killed by glyphosate but the weed killer maybe used where clover is growing. The most common honey in NZ is clover.
I wonder how much glyphosate is in the honey we consume?

Wow even organic honey is contaminated with weed killer (add that to the list which includes wheat/flour, cotton products/hygiene products using cotton, kumara tubers of white and orange types (sprayed with Roundup pre-harvest so you cant grow them) red ones normally ok.
Cut flowers from florists which are soaked in a solution of Roundup after harvest so you cant strike cuttings from them in particular fancy rose flowers and carnations.
You have on your table a vase of Roundup flowers that die much quicker than untreated flowers)
There is a basic common sense aspect (remember common sense?) that is: A Poison is a Poison which is a poison. It kills living things or makes things very sick.
Poisons designed to kill humans in war such as chlorine is used to kill bacteria in water you drink when dosed with chlorine. (Kills soil life also)
One of the most deadly poisons manufactured by mankind is spread the length and breadth of New Zealand to supposedly protect our native birds against predictors (which it also kills according to the people that witness the results of aerial drops.
I dare say that flowering trees that bees visit in drop areas are also affected for weeks or months later along with native insects, soil life, kauri and other native trees now also suffering signs of die back.
A poison is a poison it kills all life forms when deadly enough and if not makes them very sick.
I know that the official reason for the use of this insidious poison is that there is no better alternative.
Really? I read the following and have no doubt that it is correct in fact I have had it collaborated.
Tuhoe in the Urewera National park have refused to use 1080 and are winning against introduced pests through trapping and baiting, using their unemployed warriors.
The land there is some of the most inaccessible in the country – Makes you wonder if there is not a proven alternative?