Facilitate healthy, productive soil
A natural ecosystem is rarely challenged by pests or disease and it does not require fertilizer. Rich soil is the key to the long term health and reliable beauty of a natural ecosystem.
John and Bob's feeds beneficial soil organisms with its unique blend of organic compounds, minerals and microbes. Our unique formulations use the same strategy that benefits self-sustaining plant communities all over the world.
The John and Bob's four product system of Optimize, Maximize, Nourish-Biosol and Penetrate, provides you with nature’s most powerful natural ingredients to infuse your soil with life. It's the easy, effective and organic way to make your soil healthy.
Enhances root development and plant growth
Safe around children & animals
Creates rich, fertile soil structure
Increases water retention
Adds beneficial minerals and microbes
Listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic production
Promotes aeration and drainage
Helps leach out harmful alkali
Non-toxic, will not burn
Easy to use
Chemical Gardening vs Soil Based Gardening
Most home gardeners agree their soil is important but don't realize that most products at garden centers don't improve soil. John & Bob's promotes soil based gardening as opposed to chemical based gardening. Chemicals feed plants directly with products like Miracle Grow and other popular fertilizers. These products don't improve your soil and result in the need for more chemicals, getting you stuck in an endless cycle of chemical inputs which only make your soil worse.
Soil life is the most effective way to sustainably address pests and disease while maximizing plant health and fundamentally improving your soil.
Soil based gardening focuses on inputs that not only feed your plants, but feed your soil so that chemicals aren't needed for pest and disease control. Soil life is the most effective way to sustainably address pests and disease while maximizing plant health and fundamentally improving your soil. The organisms in healthy soil convert organic matter and soil minerals into the vitamins, hormones, disease-suppressing compounds, and nutrients that plants need to grow. Their excretions help to bind soil particles into aggregates that make soil loose and crumbly. When your soil is healthy and full of life you never need to till because the organisms continually break down organic matter into soil, which then feeds the next generation of plants.
Pests & Disease
75% of all insect pests spend part of their life cycle in the soil and many of their natural enemies occur there as well, as long as the soil is rich with complex soil life. If your soil is healthy then pests are eliminated before they ever become an issue. Another factor is that most pests lack a liver and can't digest high concentrations of amino acids, which very healthy plants possess. This is one way the plant is made to be an unattractive nutrient source by healthy soil.
Human, Pet, and Plant Safe
Chemical fertilizers can be deadly and require you to wear protective gear while applying, be wary of toxic run off, avoid contact after application, and can burn your plants if applied incorrectly. Herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides can be toxic to us, our pets, our water sources, and to our soils. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, Alzheimer's, and birth defects, and also have the potential to harm the nervous system, reproductive system, and endocrine system. Soil based gardening avoids all of these concerns by using only natural and safe products that will not harm you, your children, or your pets if exposed. It makes so much sense to us to use wholesome products in and around our living spaces while practicing sustainable, soil based gardening.
It takes 112 bags (at 1.5 cubic feet per bag) of one of the popular brands of soil amendment or compost to deliver the same benefits of one bag of John and Bob’s Optimize. The value is even more dramatic when if you use a blend of John and Bob’s three product system, including Optimize, Maximize and Nourish-Biosol.