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Why Jocelyn’s Soil Booster is right for: Fruit and vegetable gardeners

There are few things more satisfying than eating a fruit or vegetable that you grew in your own garden. But growing your own food can be tricky: from pests to blight to difficult soil conditions, your veggie garden can pose a series of challenges. Jocelyn’s Soil Booster is a super-effective way of helping ensure a healthy, bountiful harvest. Here’s why:


It’s all about the soil

Often, the biggest marker of success, when growing food crops, is soil quality. The soil you plant your fruits and vegetables in has a huge effect on whether your plants succeed or fail at growing happy, healthy flowers and, eventually, fruits and veggies for you (and your friends and family). Jocelyn’s Soil Booster contains microbe-rich worm castings, which help to restore soil’s natural structure, contributing not only to healthy soil and fruitful plants, but building carbon sinks within the soil. Healthy, carbon-trapping soil is the cornerstone of regenerative growing, meaning your garden is actually fighting climate change. 


Healthy food, healthy body

You already know that fruits and vegetables are good for you. But you might not know that the microbes in Jocelyn’s Soil Booster can help contribute to a healthy microbiome within your body, by feeding those microbes to your soil. Worm castings fortifies soil with healthy microbes, which are then delivered as nutrients to your fruit and vegetable plants, and eventually, they make their way into your body and its microbiome. Food grown with synthetic or chemical fertilizers isn’t as nutrient- and microbe-dense as food grown with worm castings, such as those found in Jocelyn’s Soil Booster. 


Work smarter, not harder

Nothing is more disheartening to a gardener than a crop affected by disease or pests. Worm castings have been shown to discourage some pests, such as aphids, and curb diseases such as root rot and verticillium wilt, which commonly affects tomatoes. Plus, since it helps soil better retain moisture which it then provides back to the plant as needed, you’ll have to water less. Worm castings also have been shown to increase the number of flowers a plant produces, will help balance the pH of your soil, and add beneficial bacteria — basically, it’s a multi-tool that helps make growing healthy, food-bearing plants a lot easier for you!


An all-season boost

It’s never too late (or too early) to introduce your plants to Jocelyn’s Soil Booster. Seedlings can be grown in a mix of soil booster and your regular soil mix, and mature plants benefit from a handful of Jocelyn’s Soil Booster added to their base at any point in the growing season. It’s a great choice for successful transplants, too: just add a handful to the hole where you intend to transplant, and water well. 


HOW TO USE

Jocelyn’s Soil Booster can be used at any stage of fruit and vegetable plant growth; however, for optimum results, follow these general guidelines:

Germination: Jocelyn’s Soil Booster should come in contact with the seed as early as possible to ensure the microbes get to work immediately. If starting seeds in seeding mix, use a 10:1 mix of soil to Jocelyn’s Soil Booster. If you’re germinating seeds in paper towel, sprinkle some soil booster onto the paper towel, directly beside your seeds. If direct sowing seeds into the ground, add a sprinkle of Jocelyn’s Soil Booster in the soil before placing in the seed.

Potting up seedlings: Ensure potting mix has at least 10% Jocelyn’s Soil Booster.

Transplanting outdoors: When transplanting directly into the ground, simply add a large handful into the hole before placing your plant in, then water well.

Maintenance: Every month during the early growing season, sprinkle a large handful around the base of your mature plant, then water well. Once the plant starts budding or setting fruit, add an extra handful of Jocelyn’s Soil Booster around the base of the plant