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Company Spotlight: Malibu Compost

“What’s Up With Malibu Compost”

Interview with Randy Ritchie, Co-Founder of Malibu Compost

 

Q: When did Malibu Compost start?

A: Back in 2009 when Colum and I first met.

 

Q: What made you guys start your company?

A: Well… I had been a sustainable landscape designer in LA and Colum had grown up making compost in a biodynamic farming community. We were like long-lost brothers when we met. There was a need to heal the earth. Heal the soil. We felt it needed to start with people’s own yards and gardens. There was no alternative to chemicals or synthetics besides “faux organic” waste management and conventional AG composts and soils on the market. We started Malibu Compost to give people a choice to get true organic and biodynamic compost.

 

Q: How did Bu your Spokescow become part of Malibu Compost?

A: When we wrote our mission statement we altered the traditional triple bottom line for business from people, planet and profit to people, planet and animals. We rescued Bu because we wanted to show people that you can make a profit and do the right thing. We’ve helped rescue many cows since Bu, but she changed our whole company, she changed all of us… the truth is she rescued us.

 

Q: What is your biodynamic compost?

A: Bu’s Blend Biodynamic Compost is thermophilic compost that we make on our organic farms. The temps get to 140 degrees, then we turn the windrows so that the temps never get to 160 degrees which kill the beneficial microbes. It takes six months to make Bu’s Blend and another month to cure.

 

We inoculate the compost with the biodynamic preparations (chamomile, dandelion, oak bark, stinging nettle, yarrow) at just the right moment, and spray it with the BD Preparation #507 valerian. Bu’s Blend is diverse with bacteria and fungi. Organic dairy cow manure is bacterially rich. As the compost cools down from the composting process, microscopic fungi go up into the windrows and start eating the bacteria. The nitrogen and nutrient cycling begins then and it’s time to bag it for you guys. There is nothing else like Bu’s Blend in the marketplace.

Q: What’s Next for Malibu Compost?

A: We’re adding new farms in Oregon and Pennsylvania, and have an offering out for people to buy stock in our company. To buy stock in BU or check out the stock offering go to: https://wefunder.com/malibu.compost

 

Q: How do you feel about the journey so far?

A: Humbled. Grateful. Blessed.

Events

SD Hydro at the San Diego County Fair

Come see SD Hydro’s award winning “Farm-Scraper” hydroponic installation at the 2017 San Diego County Fair located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds June 2nd – July 4th. In 2016 the San Diego County fair had record attendance accommodating about 1.6 million visitors during the fair and the organizers estimate that an average of more than 20,000 people walk through the “Farm Scraper” exhibit hall every day.

 

This will be SD Hydro’s second year constructing the a “Farm-Scraper” in the award winning ‘California Grown’ exhibit. Last year the installation was met with much enthusiasm from fair-goers and received an award from the International Association of Fairs and Exhibitions.

 

The California Grown exhibit features educational farming displays showing the past, present and future of agriculture in California. SD Hydro’s display, the “Farm-Scraper”,  represents the future of farming in a world with ever increasing urban populations that will require innovative gardening techniques.

 

This year, to demonstrate alternative  gardening techniques, we are showcasing several hydroponic systems including a vertical hydroponic garden, a deep water culture system,  drip bucket system, a floating raft table and an Aeroflow system.

 

For more information about the San Diego County Fair Fair visit: https://sdfair.com/

 

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Product Spotlight: Bluelab Pro Controller & PeriPods

 

 

Tired of mixing nutrients? Hate keeping up with pH? Let Bluelab® do it for you!

 

Do you spend your days running from garden to reservoirs perpetually checking pH and nutrient levels and then manually balancing and re-measuring over and over?  There are a million other things you’d rather be doing in your day, right? …. and who monitors these levels when you’re not there? Growers who have many years of experience will tell you, it’s not a matter of ‘if’ … it’s a matter of ‘when’ will pH issues happen.

 

The innovative team at Bluelab® have released the Bluelab® Pro Controller Connect and Bluelab® PeriPodsTM to take care of your investment 24/7. This unique controller can dose nutrients into your reservoir constantly to parameters set by you.  Simply set your required EC, pH and dosing values on your controller, place the probes in your reservoir or sample pot and as your plants feed, pH and nutrients are automatically adjusted to the desired range.

Sounds like a time saver, right?

 

The Bluelab® Pro Controller Connect is easy to customize to your growing needs.   With an easy-to-navigate menu for you to set up and a simple calibration process makes pH calibration easy.  No calibration is ever needed on the EC probe!  Just keep it clean and you’ll be spot on all the time.

 

An optional external alarm and lockout box provides a convenient connection point for an external alarm. It can also be used to stop the controller dosing when feeding out in a drip system or even flooding in a flood and drain system.

 

Bluelab® PeriPodsTM are sold separately giving you the option to customize with a pump size that fits your individual set up. You can choose between the M3 which will dose up to 120 ml (4 oz.) per minute per pump or, the L3 which can dose up to a whopping 1200 ml per minute (40 oz.) per pump – that’ll keep up with the biggest reservoir! The three-pump configuration (one for pH and two for nutrients) are easy-to-use peristaltic pumps that can be calibrated to ensure equal dosing.

 

If that wasn’t enough, it also comes with our Bluelab® Connect stick that enables your Bluelab® Pro Controller (and all your other Bluelab® Connect devices) to wirelessly send real time readings to your computer. See the status of all your Bluelab® Connect devices and make changes to your controller’s settings, directly from the computer.   Also, when connected to the internet, you’ll be able to check your devices live status on your smart phone – anywhere in the world!

 

Fortunately, Bluelab® Connect is designed for gardeners.  Track your progress, repeat your successes and improve your results.

 

Automated, constant control of reservoir pH and nutrient levels is here now.  Ask for Bluelab® Pro Controller Connect and Bluelab® PeriPodsTM

 

This product spotlight was provided by our friends at Bluelab®.

The Eggplant Demystified – Health Benefits, Grow Tips & Recipe
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The Eggplant Demystified – Health Benefits, Grow Tips & Recipe

 

SDHO-crop-1024x722The eggplant (aka aubergine) is perhaps one of the most misunderstood foods of all time. The staff at SD Hydro harvested these four gorgeous eggplants at our Bay Park location a few weeks ago. No one really knew what to do with them so I decided to take them home and turn them into a delicious dish.

Eggplants belong to the nightshade family of vegetables along with tomatoes, peppers and potatoes.  They are extremely high in fiber, magnesium and potassium; making them an excellent choice for a heart healthy diet and for aiding digestion. The skin of the eggplant is especially rich in nasunin, an antioxidant that helps to protect brain cells from becoming damaged.

Eggplants are quite easy to grow; they thrive in conditions similar to those favored by tomatoes. This means they grow top heavy (so a tomato cage may be necessary), need lots of sunlight and a soil that drains water well. In San Diego, eggplants will grow mid spring all the way though until early fall.

Eggplant is a highly versatile cooking ingredient; it can be stuffed, fried, rolled, mashed, baked and who knows what else. The recipe I decided to try is a traditional Georgian dish called Badrijani. Badrijani is usually served as a side dish or appetizer (though from personal experience it is also a tasty late night snack).

Eggplant Rollups

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Product Spotlight: Mad Farmer Be One

 

Mad Farmer BeOneAlthough the benefits of vitamin B1 have been long known and often debated, new research is showing that B1 on its own is not very effective.  Instead, it works together with other nitrogen rich elements, specifically Auxins[i]. Through this synergy B1 becomes a useful tool to help reduce shock during cloning, transplanting, topping, skirting and other stressful situations.  Plants do synthesize B1 internally but light is required for this to occur, therefore B1 is found in the leaf tips where light is readily available, but not in the root zone where light does not penetrate. For stress prevention at the root zone we must use a supplemental form of B1.  Mad Farmer’s Be One is the most comprehensive B1 additive on the market, derived from Ascophyllum Nodosum, Humic Acids, Protein Hydrolysate & Thiamine (Vitamin B1). This complete plant tonic can be used in the garden through all stages of growth from starts, until about week four of the bloom cycle.Mad Farmer’s Be One Contains: 

ASCOPHYLLUM NODOSUM (Norwegian Sea Kelp) is one of the most widely used plant nutrients in the world and is composed of over 70 vitamins, minerals and enzymes including; Copper, Zinc, Molybdenum, Boron, Manganese and Cobalt. Ascophyllum Nodosum also contains Cytokinins, naturally occurring growth hormones that promote chloroplast development and heavier harvests. As well as stimulating bacterial growth and a strengthened immune system, the Cytokinins work in conjunction with the Auxins to assist in rapid root development and amplified cellular division.  When used in the reservoir it also reduces osmotic shock and aids in micro nutrient uptake.

 

HUMIC ACID is a powerful organic electrolyte that dissolves minerals and trace elements, such as Silica, increasing the bioavailability of nutrients while simultaneously detoxifying soil of heavy metals. When used as a foliar spray, Humic Acids increase oxygen intake, enhance photosynthesis and aid in the development of essential oils.

 

PROTEIN HYDROLYSATE- The most basic component of all living organisms is protein which is made when chains of amino acids bond together. Protein Hydrolysate supplies your plants with these building blocks, allowing Protein synthesis to occur by providing short chain Peptides and L-Aminos in a readily available, water soluble form.  When used as a foliar spray, Protein Hydrolysate stimulates the opening of stomata, resulting in increased photosynthesis. Used as a top feed, it stimulates micro flora development, stimulating biodiversity in your growing medium.

 

As you can see, Mad Farmer’s Be One is not simply a B1 supplement to be used in stressful situations. Its formula is designed to increase your gardens productivity throughout the entire lifecycle of the plant. With the use of some of nature’s most powerful minerals you can help your boost your plants natural defenses, increase the ability to use available light and. uptake nutrients more efficiently. Simultaneously, you will be ridding your grow medium of pollutants and increasing its biodiversity.  San Diego Hydroponics & Organics is San Diego’s EXCLUSIVE source for Mad Farmer products.  So stop by any one of their 5 locations today and take your garden to the next level with Mad Farmer.

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I have been going here for about a year now and I am always happy. I stop by on weekdays and they always have what I need and are willing to answer any questions. I own a business myself and customer service is always number one for me and these guys hit it on the head. They have been very helpful to me in learning the ins and outs of growing and they probably saved me from some costly mistakes

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San Diego Hydro is a GREAT place to shop!!!! Great customer service, knowledgeable staff!!! We shop at San Diego Hydro for any Hydroponic supplies we need for our Organic Farm.

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