Garden

Veggies growing at Ebear Farm

Agriton Home & Garden products in the garden make artificial fertilisers and crop protection agents almost superfluous. Our applications result in healthier plants, more beautiful flowers and better harvests with reduced costs.

Strong crops only grow in a strong soil. With our approach, you create this fertile soil. A soil with a good structure that is filled with nutrients, has a rich and active soil life and where diseases have less chance to develop.
Agriton is a forerunner with a method for natural and sustainable (vegetable) gardening. We only work with effective and natural products that fit into our vision of a future-proof soil fertility. The Agriton system improves soil fertility and structure in sand, clay and peat soils. Growing your own food it should be paramount that no pesticides are used on the soil. EM organic grown food has more vitamins and antioxidants ( like our food 100 years ago) .

EM Agriton Home & Garden offer a wonderful range of 100% Natural, Chemical Free, Sustainable and Microbial focused products for those looking to be friendlier to our environment.

EM NATURAL GARDENING TECHNIQUES & UNDERSTANDING YOUR SOIL

Understanding your soil makes it easy to garden organically. To get the most from the soil it is useful to look at the chemical, physical and biological processes taking place. A balance between these processes is essential to achieve optimal results. Healthy blooms and strong plant growth relies on a balanced fertile soil, where nutrients are readily available.

The Garden Box contains all the necessary components to acheive a well-balanced soil. All the products are naturally sourced and derived from nature. These products, when used together, will support the chemical, physical and biological processes in your garden. Boosting the microbial life in the soil by applying Actiferm will activate the soil and stimulate the rhizosphere. This leads to an intensified biological conversion.

Chemical processes in the soil:

Macro elements: Mineral nitrogen (N-mineral) organic nitrogen (N-organic), phosphorus (P) potash (K), sulphur (S), calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), and sodium (Na).

Spore elements: Manganese (Mn), boron (B), silicon (Si), zinc (Zn), iodine (I) molybden(M)

copper (Cu), selenium (Se), Iron (Fe), cobalt (Co).

pH: The pH level in the soil (acidity) depends on the soil type. In the box below you will see guidelines for the preferred pH in the soil

Physical aspects of the soil:

Soil Types:

Sandy, silty, loamy, clay, peaty & chalky soil.

Structure: This varies according to the soil type and amount of organic matter in the soil.

Density: The density is a characteristic which determines the physical aspect of the soil.

Water Retention. Depends on the soil type and the humus layer. A soil lacking in humus cannot store water. The Garden Box will help improve soil structure after structural decay which results in lack of humus

Biological aspects of the soil:

The soil contains a whole multitude of microflora and fauna which includes microscopic bacteria, worms, nematodes and fungi which play an important role in nutrient exchange and plant growth.

Strong healthy root formation is enhanced by the ‘’life’’ in the soil. These organisms also defend the soil from disease and

help prevent plant disease.

Keeping soil disease at bay: EM microbes 

EM acts like a probiotic in the soil. Helping to keep your garden free from pests and disease. more ‘good’ bacteria, means the disease causing bacteria don’t stand a chance of multiplying! 

Increased nitrogen supply available to plants• 

More phosphorous available through improved rhizosphere activity and the synthesis of growth substances and vitamins which enhance plant growth. 

Immunology 

The soils defence against disease, or as we call it, the soil’s immune system, is very similar to that of our own. When given the correct feed and sufficient organic matter, the soils processes are in balance with each other. The use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides can disrupt this balance. Harmful bacteria which cause disease can only multiply when the good bacteria in the soil are diminished. By using Actiferm on the soil, abundant amounts of good bacteria are able to thrive in the soil. This not only has a disease suppressing effect but also has an accumulative effect on the whole garden. This means that the longer EM is used in the garden the better the results will be . Once the microflora have been established in the soil the benefits remain for some time. 

The carbon nitrogen cycle 

The ratio of the carbon and nitrogen also plays a part in keeping the soil balanced. Composting green waste and using Bokashi kitchen waste compost in your garden is beneficial and contributes to an increase in worms. Worms have a positive influence on soil structure and enhance soil fertility. 

The number of reproducing earthworms in your garden is naturally dependant on the composition and quality of compost. 

Biodiversity 

The biodiversity in the garden includes  all the little animals and insects, including any wildlife which may visit the garden and 

of course, all the microscopic animals which we can’t actually see. 

EM stands for Effective Micro-organisms. These are naturally occurring micro-organisms which are used to increase the natural resistance of soil, plants, water, humans & animals.

EM-1 1L

Available in 1Ltr and 250ml bottles

EM contains a selection of different types of effective micro-organism, each having its own special task to perform, but at the same time promoting each other’s activities too. They are collected in the wild; and are not modified or manipulated but are grown naturally.

EM contains among others: lactic acid bacteria, yeasts, actinomycetes, photosynthetic bacteria and fungi. So EM is pure nature…

How Effective Micro-organisms work. The special thing about EM is the combination of Aerobic and Anaerobic micro-organisms.

Aerobic means “living with oxygen” and anaerobic means “living without oxygen”. In this scientific world, it was always assumed that these two groups could not possibly live side by side because the conditions under which they live are opposite to each other. Both groups also occur naturally together in the soil. The aerobic and anaerobic micro-organisms have in common that they can convert substances into antioxidants. These have a beneficial effect on the health of soil, plants, people and animals. Micro-organisms work according to the dominance principle, and thus restore the microbial balance.

What is the principle of dominance?

In the world of microorganisms, there are different groups. There is a small group of dominant ‘effective’ microorganisms, a small group of dominant ‘harmful’ microorganisms and a large group of so-called followers. In nature, the group of followers work together with one of the above-mentioned dominant groups. In practice, this means that they belong to the most suitable dominant group. There is a constant power struggle between the effective and the harmful organisms. The “billions of followers” simply wait to see which of the two groups gets the upper hand. Then they adapt and follow or imitate the victor. When the ‘good guys’, the effective micro-organisms, gain the upper hand, they exert their constructive and disease-suppressing influence on all kinds of areas (e.g. air, soil, plants, water, people, animals,…). Proper use of EM in the household, the environment, agriculture and horticulture can promote the increase of effective microorganisms everywhere.

How EM continues to work

EM is a living substance and does not work in the same way as an antibiotic or a chemical agents. EM increases the population of beneficial microorganisms, it does not kill! It is not an antibiotic, but a mixture of life-stimulating micro-organisms, known in various food preparations such as beer, wine, sauerkraut,… EM works gradually. Depending on the application, you may expect an effect between a few hours (e.g. odour removal) to sometimes several years (e.g.; soil fertility). The effect of EM is partly based on a combination of fermentative micro-organisms. The metabolic products that are produced by fermentation are widely known as antioxidants, vitamins and enzymes. Super healthy!

BOKASHI

What is Bokashi?

Bokashi is the Japanese word for ‘well fermented organic material’. The organic residues are fermented airtight for an optimal fermentation process that results in useful metabolic products of micro-organisms. Thanks to Bokashi, you can turn your own organic residues into an optimal soil improver.

Why Bokashi?

Bokashi is traditionally used in Japan to increase microbial diversity in the soil and to provide plants with bio-active nutrients, such as natural antibiotics and growth hormones, vitamins and amino acids. This gives plants more essential energy and greater resistance to harmful bacteria and fungi. The neutral microorganisms that in a pathogenic soil first chose the hitherto predominantly harmful microorganisms, will now join the effective microorganisms of EM. A pathogenic soil thus becomes a disease-resistant soil.

 

How do I make Bokashi with the Bokashi kitchen bucket?

You can make Bokashi yourself from small kitchen and plant residues. Start by placing some Bokashi-Starter on the grid in the Bokashi kitchen bucket. Always put your remains in small pieces in the Bokashi kitchen bucket and press well. After each layer of residue (approx. 5 cm), add a small amount of Bokashi-Starter. After the kitchen bucket is full, let it ferment for 2 weeks. Drain the bokashi juice daily, this can be diluted 1/100 with the water or simply poured into the drain for cleaning. After 2 weeks the bokashi is ready and can be incorporated into the soil.

How do I know if the Bokashi was successful?

After 2 weeks the contents of the Bokashi bucket can be processed in the garden. When opened, you should smell a sweet, sour smell. Like sauerkraut for example. If the Bokashi smells unpleasant, then the fermentation process was not entirely to your liking.

There is mould on my Bokashi, is that normal?

A light form of what looks like a fungus may indeed occur in the Bokashi bucket. That in itself certainly doesn’t have to be a bad sign, on the contrary. These are yeasts that belong to it. However, if the formation of mould is accompanied by an unpleasant odour, it is better to dispose of the contents of the Bokashi bucket and start again.

No bokashi juice is released….

The amount of juice that is released depends on the type of residue you put in the bucket. A lot of juicy fruit residue, for example, gives more moisture. It is possible that juice is only released after a week and a half. After a few weeks, the process stabilises and no moisture can be drained at all.

The Bokashi is ready, what can I do with it now?

The fermented remains can best be incorporated into the soil. Put the remains in a well or a trench in the soil, and cover with a small amount of soil. In this way, the fermentation process continues, which is very beneficial for the soil. Process 1 kg of bokashi per 1 m2 per year.

Can I process Bokashi on the compost heap?

Bokashi also works well as a compost accelerator. In layers, you can mix it through the compost heap. A large number of Effective Micro-organisms in the Bokashi, benefit the processing of the total compost heap.

Can I also store Bokashi?

In freezing weather it is not possible to work into the soil, which is why you can store the fermented remains in thick plastic bags that are airtight. It can also be stored under a tarpaulin. Alternate the layers of Bokashi with a layer of soil if necessary, and in this way create your own, very nutritious ‘potting soil’ by spring.

Why do I need to add Bokashi starter to the remains in the Bokashi bucket?

By adding Bokashi starter to the organic material, you immediately divide Effective Micro-organisms between the remains. Bokashi starter contains fermented bran and is, therefore, a booster to ensure that the food remains also ferment. The Effective Micro-organisms present in the Bokashi produce all kinds of important bio-active substances, such as enzymes, natural antibiotics and growth hormones, vitamins and antioxidants. They also increase microbial diversity and activity.

ACTIFERM

                         2Ltr Bag-in-box

How long can I store Actiferm?

Both an unopened or opened packaging (Bag-in-Box) can be stored for 1 year. Actiferm is packed in a vacuum pulling bag so that no oxygen can reach it. Store Actiferm at a constant temperature between 15-20 degrees. Large temperature changes can have a negative effect on Actiferm. It is quite acidic with a pH of 3.6. If you would give this directly to the plant, it could cause burning of the leaf. By diluting it with water the pH rises and there is no problem.

Can I still use Actiferm after 1 year?

If Actiferm is stored well and smells fresh and sour, it can still be used. If it smells musty or different, the quality is no longer sufficient and it is best to dispose of it.

 

Why should I dilute Actiferm with water?

Actiferm is quite acidic with a pH of 3.6. If you would give this directly to the plant, it could cause burning of the leaf. By diluting it with water the pH rises and there is no problem.

Products to improve the soil

Edasil Clay  Minerals

Available in 3kg and 25kg

Clay minerals are made up of tiny balls of clay, 2-5 mm in size. They contain many essential trace elements which are beneficial to the soil. These clay particles play an important part in maintaining soil fertility. A unique property of clay minerals is that they regulate the moisture in the ground. The humus layer of soil nutrients are bound together with clay minerals and form 

the humus clay complex. Without minerals the formation of a true humus layer is not possible. Together, the minerals and clay function as a 

sorption complex. In addition to this, the clay humus complex, or in other words. the living organic matter in the soil, has a buffering effect. This means that nutrients are only supplied to plants when needed. So the clay minerals in the soil also function as an energy-saving measure. 

Analysis of the macro & trace mineral elements in clay. 

Silicium oxide 

ca. 

56,0 

% 

Borium 

ca. 

1000 

ppm 

Iron oxide 

ca. 

0,4 

% 

Cobalt 

ca. 

35 

ppm 

Aluminium oxide 

ca. 

16,0 

% 

Copper 

ca. 

20 

ppm 

Calcium oxide 

ca. 

4,0 

% 

Manganese 

ca. 

300 

ppm 

Magnesium oxide 

ca. 

4,0 

% 

Molybdeen 

ca. 

20 

ppm 

Kalium oxide 

ca. 

2,0 

% 

Nickel 

ca. 

50 

ppm 

Natrium oxide 

ca. 

0,4 

% 

Zinc 

ca. 

90 

ppm 

:)

Products

Edasil Clay Minerals
Ægir Seashell Grit
Vulkamin
Bokashi Bin
Grow Best
Actiferm
EM Super Cera C
Bokashi Starter