At Garden Maker Naturals, we want to help gardeners grow their best possible gardens. Every garden is different – different plants, different weather, different soil. Why shouldn’t your fertilizer be just as unique? Today you can build your own burger and design your own doll, so we thought you should be able to formulate your own fertilizer, too. In March of 2017, we launched Garden Maker.
Our three core values are Natural Nutrition, Total Transparency and Complete Control. Natural Nutrition for your garden soil means we only use natural & organic ingredients. Total Transparency lets you know exactly what you’re feeding your garden, because we show you the exact formula of every fertilizer we make – every single ingredient in the bag. And Complete Control means that we make it easy to find or create a fertilizer that contains only the ingredients you want, with nothing that you don’t.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a Bio-chemist who fell in love with sustainability
I’ve done a fair amount with
predominantly from the business world because my belief was until the board rooms talk about sustainability nothing’s gonna change but I’m pleased to say a lot of boards are talking about green and what it takes.
Well my listeners are gonna love this because I call my listeners Green Future Growers, they’re
IDK why in my life I am addicted to business podcasts because when I first went to college I wouldn’t have walked into the business building for the life of me.
There’s this funny movie with Hillary Duff called the Beauty and Briefcase and she falls in love with this guy who is not a tree-hugger at all but he’s an environmentalist because it’s efficeincy and reduces waste. And Im very much like that I hate any kind of waste.
That’s easy one for me!
I had a father who was a bit ahead of his time on the green side
I wouldn’t say he was a hippy quite opposite
At the age 7-8 we had a big garden and I was pretty involved with that
my brother preceded me
1950s we did a farm to market garden stand
back in the before anyone knew what those were
We sold the excess in a roadside stand
father, he’s not with us but I have to give him full credit
a bit of understanding of what’s good on the earth
and to be involved as a
Other then a few years when I went away to college I have had a garden every year of my life. Some in there I hadn’t graduate school. My families garden or our own
long long time
There’s been an epiphany in our family because my daughter who lives down the hill from us on a farm is now the head of the family and I’m the assistant and I couldn’t be more thrilled that she has taken up the effort and the staff.
It’s 200 plus acre farm
now in our family
garden viewed a large garden in most households
grapes and a number of other things
moved another generation looks like her 2 sons are engaging in the garden as well! All exciting for how long we’ve been in the garden industry?
Yeah! a guy told me something I scoffed at when i heard it. The gentleman’s comments was you will gain your passion as you execute it and do it not at teh front end.
once you see it work and see the results and you will get more excited and that was certainly true for me!
IDK when it all started
environments and habitat
ecosystems are all about
very sucessful I made a lot of friends
began to study the rest of the planet it all starts with plants
most part dependent on the plants dependent on the sun
classic ecosystem on macro and micro basis. I began to appreciate was that mother nature in her good wisdom had developed nutritional systems for plants
similar to what animals had done
began to look true for plants as well
we deliver them different
ecosystems in the soil
quote fertilizer and nutritional plane
all of a sudden I understood mother natures systems were more related then different
chemical fertilizers which were always foreign to what an animal eats
no animal eats a refined
no animal eats a static diet
Except a animal eating synthetic in a laboratory environment
nature and what mother nature produces
bring that technology
began building fertilizers
looking at natural solutions for problems
how that started
Particular one wiht our garden maker website
that helps customers that buy their own
People who have larger branded names
small companies that have sustainable approaches
I find it kin of a grass roots movement a lot of companies that want to participate
still a lot of road to travel to get everyone on board.
Our new website helps people access that’s the good word
it was hard to find and access so we built a way for people to access it easily
why that all got started is because I wanted to buy 100lbs
We coudn’t get them it was hard!
could buy a semi load
44,000 lbs is a lot!
Can I ask you’re asking about dirt? 1000 lbs of dirt?
couldn’t find where I live and I couldn’t find them around other people
access the individual ingredients in what you want
if you’re gonna feed yourself what you’re growing then you ought to know what you’re putting on the ground.
You could argue that these are all proprietary rights, but NO. People want to know
team for people
see the full formulas
literally buy a semi
very excited about that
let’s people have access
the freedom to do as they would like to do for their family!
I’m trying not to say I LOVE ALL THIS! But I really do love it all. My husband’s really the gardener I like to paint in the garden and eat the vegetables maybe grow some flowers, but my husband’s the big gardener. He started this thing I call the mini farm and we are on the major search for dirt we can afford that’s high quality.
The first year’s attempt was to be somewhat quiet, but we knew in any launch of a technology of this time there would be
We beta tested etc so all last summer
freight rates were not as good as they were supposed to be
So for us! The real launch began in January and December
be able to buy with full transparency
customize your own
or buy individual ingredients
Do you want to talk about soil testing a bit? That has been recommended on my show a lot. Mike hasn’t gotten his soil tested, last year I actually talked him into trying it and then I dropped the ball on sending it in.
Soil testing is a very valuable tool
It shouldn’t be over used and where to send things is kind of important
If anyone is listening from a University this is no slam but University
have a tendency to make recommendations based on NPK comments lime
We look at it a different level from the University of Missouri named Albrecht
looking at how to bring
soil to life from both chemistry and biology
Part that we spend the most time thinking about is how to feed the biology
We tend to think of soil tests is do them every other year or every 3rd year because they don’t change overnight
if you provide a food source in a fertilizer a lot of the soil chemistry issues, not wane but certainly it begins to put things back in balance. I’ve watched it happen!
will begin to
we like a lab called Logan Labs in Ohio
provide comments back to customers on an organic basis
They will help you solve it looking on the numbers on an organic way if that’s the direction you want to go
soil reports are kind of consumers
I love this because a lot of people ask me that. Where do you send your soil sample.
There’s a nice search engine out there called Google.
do a nice job of helping you of understanding