Garden Soil Recipe #5

Nutrient Density Matters

Some gardeners grow for a pastime; others grow for the peace of mind in knowing that the produce they have grown is the best available for the health of their families.  Recipe #5 is formulated for the premier gardener.  We begin with 40% composted bark, then add topsoil, silt, sands and manure based composts.  Once the media is composed we fortify it with fish hydrolysate (cold processed), micronized cold water kelp, a naturally derived trace mineral package, an enzyme package, mycorrhizal fungi inoculum, nitrogen-fixing bacteria inoculum, a touch of molasses, soft rock phosphate, calcium, sulphur, and a humic and folvic acid package.  The result is a nutrient-rich loam soil that is superior in every way.

Since the mid 1940's food mineral concentrations in the United States have been documented to have fallen by as much as 60%. Recipe #5 in an effort to take us back.

If food is medicine then we do ourselves well to grow the healthiest produce we can.  Most gardeners can notice a difference between the tomato made avaible to us in the winter season by the supermarket and the summer tomato grown in one's own garden.  Are you able to notice an equally large difference between the tomatoes of an average summer garden and a nutrient rich garden?  For futher thoughts, research our magazine articles on the subject or visit with Jon Frank at


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The hard work has been finished. Enjoy the fruits of this soil.

The average gardener spends seven years getting their soil to the point that they are happy with it. Garden Soil #5 is for the gardener who wants to save seven years of painstaking work and have the soil they want immediately.

Benefits of Garden Soil Recipe #5

  • Balance of sand, silt & clay
  • Balance of NUTRIENTS
  • High organic matter
  • Biological activity
  • Expensive, hard-to-find amendments preblended & ready to plant
  •            (fish hydrolysate, kelp, soft rock phosphate, Azomite, biological inoculants...)
  • A fool-proof way to begin growing the best


  • Instantly successful gardening soil
  • All food crops, vegtables and fruits

Although the soil is only part of the puzzle of growing nutrient-dense produce, beginning with a fertile, balanced, living soil is a large step in the right direction.  Other considerations that affect a crop's nutrient density include moisture, the chemical properties of the irrigation water, sun and shade, soil tilling practices, mulching practices, fertilization maintenence plans and foliar feeding.

Directions for Use

Confirmation  -  Be sure to cross reference the product on your reciept of purchase to confirm you are reading the directions of use for the correct product.

Location of use - Garden Soil Recipe #5 is a preblended soil that makes an effort to optimize three charictaristics of soil fertility; its physical properties, chemical properties, and biological properties. With the goal of producing highly nutrishish produce. As a gardener you know that different plants grow better in different types or blends of soils. Let's look into what applications and plants are best suited for Garden Soil Recipe #5.

  • Plant types - Garden Soil Recipe #5 is designed to be a tool in the raising of nutrient dense produce. Beginning with the goal of produce, which will be consumed for nutritional benifit, we then set out to formulate a soil that would help us do this. Most plants will do very well in our Recipe #5, however because of the cost, the formulation is targeted tward fruits and vegtable plants.
  • Applications - Garden Soil Recipe #5 remains loose and loamy in many applications. This soil was originally designed to fill raised flower beds. Over the years its broad range of uses have become more evident. Garden Soil Recipe #5 can be used anywhere flowering plants grow in a large volume of soil, such as raised beds, a complete flower bed soil, a complete vegetable gardening soil, etc. One application that we do not recommend is using our Garden Soil Recipe #5 to fill pots that are 5 gallons or smaller. Although this mix is loose and loamy, it is still a soil and not a container mix. We recommend our container mix for potted plants. If you desire to use this soil in a container we recommend that you mix it with 30% peat moss or coconut fiber in order to lighten it up and make additional space for root growth in the confined space of a container.


Depth - Garden Soil Recipe #5 is good at any depth.  Keep in mind that the deeper your layer of good soil ,the more volume your plant roots will have to grow into, draw nutrients from, and store water in.  Our general guideline is from 4"-24" in depth for planting vegetables.  The closer to 12" your depth is, the healthier and more resilient your plants will be. After 12" the gain in benefit tapers off.  Most applications that use more than 12" are raised garden beds, and we do recommend you use Garden Soil Recipe #5 to fill a raised bed completely.  Keep in mind that your added soil will settle over time.  When you choose your depth be sure to account for between 10% and 20% settling.  Begin with your end goal in mind.

Filling your soil's moisture profile - Garden Soil Recipe #5 is shipped as dry as the seasonal conditions allow for.  We aim for this in order that the soil will be easier to handle as you work with it.  Because of this you will want to be sure to soak the soil well before you do any planting or immediately following.  If you were to dig into your yards native soil, you would notice that after a few inches of dry soil on the surface, the soil beneath is moist and retains moisture. Farmers call the depth at which this occurs the "soils moisture profile."  This moisture comes up from the subsoil as well as down from the surface.  If this moisture profile is not adequate, the life in that soil will suffer greatly.  When constructing a new garden bed with our Garden Soil Recipe #5, the bed will be for the most part dry.  It may be moist to the touch, yet this is far too dry to maintain a plant that is being transplanted into that environment.  For example, if a gardener plants a young tomato plant in Garden Soil Recipie #5 without presoaking the added soil, the dry soil that surrounds the plant's roots will compete for the moisture that is used to water the plant.  The dry soil will do this until the soil's moisture profile is filled up.  Competing dry soil will always win over a young plants roots.  This will cause the plant to wilt repeatedly until the profile is full.

To avoid any plant wilting, we recommend that you soak any Garden Soil Recipe #5 that you may use in your newly filled garden beds to its saturation point.  The fastest way to do this is to allow a freeflowing garden hose to fill your Garden Soil Recipe #5's moisture profile. By watering liberaly, the nooks and crannys will be moisened. Any excess moisture will drop out the bottom of your garden, as your soil moisture reaches equilibrium. You will be amazed at how much moisture our Recipe #5 will hold.  It will soak up a lot of water, but it will hold it for weeks to come.