John & Bob's Blog

Give your seeds the Best Start this Spring!

It’s time to start thinking about the 2013 vegetable garden. Whether you are planting early crops like lettuce and broccoli or summer crops like tomatoes and squash, it’s time to get those seeds in the soil and John & Bob’s can help. Because the soil in most areas of the country is still quite cold, we recommend starting your seeds indoors in trays or pots. This will give them a nice easy start and they will grow more quickly in the warmer soil.

It is quite easy and incredibly cost-effective to start seeds indoors, rather than buying larger plants later on. You can buy one tomato start for $3-10 or you can buy a seed packet, containing 50 seeds, for just a couple of bucks. It’s a pretty easy choice. And John & Bob’s will help ensure a successful spring planting to make it even easier!...

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Improve Orchid Growth with John & Bob’s!

We received a question the other day from Beverly, a frequent John & Bob’s customer and gardener. She asks, “I’m just wondering if anyone has used your products on orchids.  They don't require much fertilizer and are not planted in soil. But after reading your houseplant section, I was thinking about how I could use J&B's on my orchids. I have used John & Bob’s products for about 4 years. They are easy and work. Thanks for your response.”


Improve orchid bloomsThanks for the great question, Beverly! Orchids are gorgeous but often complex plants to grow, especially when they are outside of their native tropical environment. It is possible to improve orchid growth with John & Bob’s! I've gotten quite a few customer testimonials over the years. Some have used OPTIMIZE with really good results and some...

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Cure Blossom End Rot with Microbes!

Last year Dave Townsend (of the wonderful gardening blog Growing the Home Garden) tried John and Bob’s products in his garden. He spread it over most of his vegetable garden in Spring Hill, Tennessee, where he has been growing food for several years. He immediately noticed several improvements from previous years. Diseases like blight and wilt were minimized while his veggies grew like mad, especially his melons and tomatoes.

 One of the biggest changes was this:

“My first observation was that blossom end rot on my tomatoes was almost nonexistent. Blossom end rot happens because of nutrient deficiency (calcium).  Either the soil doesn't have enough calcium for the plant, drought conditions don't allow for the uptake of nutrients, or excessive nitrogen in the soil causes the poor cell formation in the fruit. In any case there is...

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Mineral Depletion in the Soil Directly Impacts Your Health!

Sometimes, we humans like to pretend that we are separate from our environment and that we can do whatever we want. But the truth is that we are intrinsically linked to the earth! What we do affects our environment and our environment has huge impacts on us- and often the two are linked! Back in 1992 the official report of the Earth Summit concluded, “There is deep concern over continuing major declines in the mineral values in farm and range soils throughout the world.” The Earth Summit based their concern on data showing mineral levels declining dramatically over the last 100 years----72% declines in Europe, 76% in Asia, and 85% in North America. Nutrient decline in our food has been further documented by in other studies published by Rogan in 1995, Oliver  in1997,  Deckers and Vanclooster in 1998; and Murphy et al   in 2008. Trace minerals are incredibly important to...

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Our MAXIMIZE is made with some miraculous ingredients and with it, horticultural miracles are possible! It provides a complex blend of soil minerals essential for plant health and introduces beneficial micro-organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, and protozoa to build up the web of life that is the key to healthy productive soil. Yet, to our dismay, we think it is the least appreciated of our products. One of our main ingredients is a prehistoric clay sea mineral from an area that was once a vast inshore swamp and marsh with lots of massive fern plants.

This deposit contains very high levels of over 70 trace minerals in a useable form. Plants can absorb these elements readily in this unique form, because they have already been assimilated and chelated by a micro-organism that utilized the parent organic matter eons ago. We know of no other natural product that has this...

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