Custom Mixing

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Custom Mixing

Fedco has a new baby! We adopted a soil mixer from our friends at the Maine Cap N’ Stem Mushroom Co. It’s round and red and adorable, and we are so proud of how much faster it blends fertilizers and potting mixes than the tiny old cement mixer we used to rely on. We’ve been using it for a year on our own mixes and are ready to offer custom blending to the masses.

Buy ingredients from us or bring your own. To estimate volume requirements for products sold by weight: dense products like rock powders are about 1 yd/ton, while fluffier products like shrimp meal are about 2 yds/ ton. To convert other volume measurements: there are 27 cu ft or about 700 dry qt per cu yd. NEW!

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Our rates assume mixes contain ten or fewer ingredients; we may charge more for complex mixes or materials that are particularly difficult to handle.
  • Please allow at least two weeks for completion.
  • While custom blends do not incur extra shipping charges, we do charge our regular shipping rates for the included materials. If you purchase your ingredients from us, our website will correctly display your shipping charges for shipments under 8000 lbs. For larger shipments, or if you are supplying the ingredients, please contact us for a freight quote.

Questions? Contact us at ogs@fedcoseeds.com.



8193 Custom Mixing
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A: per yard bulk $50.00
B: per yard bagged $100.00 ($95.00)
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Additional Information

Soil Amendments and Fertilizers

Thriving sustainable agriculture is built on the ground of a healthy soil. In fact, organic certification requires a soil management plan. Do a soil test to determine your soil’s needs before embarking on a program of soil improvement. Check with your local Cooperative Extension for testing in your area, or consider our testing and recommendation service.

Soil amendments used with a program of crop rotation, composting and cover cropping can enhance fertility, improve soil tilth, promote disease resistance, support beneficial soil microorganisms, and even help restore balance to the garden and the world around it. Application rates vary depending on soil type and results of soil tests.

Fertilizers provide nitrogen and other nutrients in a form that is readily available to plants. Organic fertilizers can provide both an immediate boost and additional long-term fertility, feeding both the plants and the organisms that maintain soil health. We also offer soil amendments that have limited available plant nutrients but help to remineralize the soil, improve soil structure, or provide a long-term slow-release source of plant nutrients. Foliar sprays get nutrients directly to the leaves and can increase resistance to disease and to insect infestation.

Analyses provided here are those provided by the manufacturers, or, if none are available, from a Maine state lab test performed on our most recent lot: there is some variability in the nutritional analysis of natural fertilizers, so view these numbers as guides, not gospel. Fertilizers should be used as a supplement to, not a replacement for, the nutrients provided by healthy soil. Sustainability requires developing a long-term plan of cover-cropping, green manuring and composting.

Organic Certification

Inoculants, soil amendments, fertilizers, livestock supplies and pesticides are labeled as:
OMRI: Organic Materials Review Institute. Most state certifying agencies, including MOFGA, accept OMRI approval.
MOFGA: Reviewed and approved by the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association Certification Services. Allowed for use on MOFGA-certified farms. Check with your certifier.
WSDA: Listed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Organic Certification division for use in organic agriculture in Washington State. MOFGA has indicated that they will accept products on this list for their certification program. Check with your certifier.
Nat’l List: One-ingredient products on the NOP* List of Allowed Substances (subpart G of the Organic Foods Production Act, sections 205.601-606). Check with your certifier.
AYC: Ask your certifier. Has not been reviewed by a certifier, but the active ingredient is allowed. Ask your certifier.
Not Allowed: A few of the products we list are not allowed for organic production but we think they have a place in sensible agriculture and can be used when certification is not an issue.

Click here for our list of soil amendments, fertilizers, and disease and insect controls along with their certification status and manufacturers.