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 Post subject: Foliar Spraying
PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:13 pm 
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Can you mix 2 oz of BIO SI and 2 oz Garrett Juice in a gallon of water and spray? Or do they have to be sprayed in separate applications.

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 Post subject: Re: Foliar Spraying
PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:53 pm 
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So far I haven't used Bio SI, but I took at look at the information on the web site. This is a product with microbial activity for making healthier soil, so it isn't something I would be spraying in a foliar application.

As a rule of thumb, I tend not to add products with living organisms into a mix of anything that is meant to control pests, but I do mix it in with fertilizing products. So I would mix Thrive or Bt or Bio SI in with water and a liquid organic fertilizer (like fish fertilizer) or molasses, but I wouldn't add orange oil or juice from soaking corn meal, or neem, etc., that would kill the bio part of the mix. And when I use things like Thrive or when I spread beneficial nematodes, they go on the soil, not on plant leaves.

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 Post subject: Re: Foliar Spraying
PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:57 am 
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Thanks you for your quick reply. I sprayed Garrett Juice last night, but didn't mix with BIO SI.

It's funny you advised against foliar spraying with BIO SI because I heard that from the guru himself, Howard Garrett. Now I don't know what to do because you explanation seems very valid to me. Had planned on foliar spraying the BIO today. Would appreciate a quick reply.

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 Post subject: Re: Foliar Spraying
PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:22 am 
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We're just lumping versus sorting, I think. It won't hurt the plants to have the Bio SI, and there may be a reason I'm not aware of that Howard knows about. That's easy to do! But from the label information, it looks like a product for the soil. If the product is drying on the leaves then less gets into the soil. If you're spraying with a heavy spray so in general will hit everything and let it get dripping wet, that's different than foliar feeding with a fine spray that you apply in the early morning just to the point of moist on the leaves.

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 Post subject: Re: Foliar Spraying
PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:36 am 
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Thanks so much for you speedy reply as I'm applying the BIO SI this evening. I think since it's so expensive that I will just use it as a drench. It's bound to do some good. I do know I have the best looking trees on the block which I credit to foliar spraying and drenching last year with Garrett Juice.


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