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Environment Celebration Institute

GROWING WITH NATURE GARDENING BOOKS

Books, Manuals, and Posters about how to grow using biology in all types of growing systems with sustainable methods.

PRODUCTS FOR GROWING WITH BIOLOGY

Sustainable products for growing with biology for home gardening, landscaping, agriculture, hydroponics, and horticulture.

Charlie's Peanut Farm increased Yield 20%

Charlie applied knowledge he learned in the Life in the Soil Classes to increase the yield by 20% by applying two applications of Compost Tea.

BIOLOGICAL GROWING SUCCESS STORIES

Read about growers applying biological regenerative practices in all kinds of growing systems, stopping chemical inorganic fertilizer and pesticide applications.

ECI Students Making a Difference!

Students of the Environment Celebration Institutes online classes are doing amazing things! Like Farmer Craig, who decreased operating costs by 15% the first year.

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Nutrient Cycling with Compost Tea

Microorganisms maintain a symbiotic relationship with plants. The symbiotic relationship that pathogenic microorganisms form with planes will harm or kill them. The symbiotic relationship that beneficial microorganisms form with plants enhances growth and health and protects them from attacks by pathogenic microorganisms.

Infused With Life: How microbes work in your plant growing system

Growing successfully in an organic system is impossible without the use of beneficial microbes. However, you can­not simply switch from synthetic to organic. Using beneficial microbes in a plant growing system requires a different set of growing parameters than are used in a totally syn­thetic system, whether a hydroponics, soil-based or soil less environment.

How Compost Tea Works

Microbes Form a Symbiotic Relationship with Plants Leaf, stem, flower, root, seed-surface, soil particles and soilless media are all places where communities of beneficial microorganism species should live. Each plant selects different sets of species of organisms for different environmental growing conditions.

Compost Tea in Plant Growing Systems

Compost tea is a liquid produced by extracting these organisms, adding ap­propriate amounts and types of foods, and by maintaining aerobic conditions, so the beneficial organisms are selected and grow.

Application Parameters for Using Compost Tea

Organic matter that we add into our plant growing systems provide nutrients that microorganisms immobilize and retain. Microorganisms transform nutrients into a plant-available form.

10 STEPS TO GARDENING WITH NATURE

Written by Dr. Elaine Ingham and Dr. Carole Ann Rollins This 100-page full color book provides practical guidelines and steps to follow to be successful in a Gardening with Nature Program. Through a question and answer format the authors describe how to switch to growing with biology with using sustainable practices.

Written by Dr. Carole Ann Rollins and Dr. Elaine Ingham

ADDING BIOLOGY FOR SOIL AND HYDROPONIC SYSTEMS

This 107-page book provides simple explanations about how to add biology to any plant growing systems. Guideline for conventional and organic applications whether growing indoors in soilless media or outdoors in open fields. Basic biology and chemistry of nutrient cycling is presented.

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