Raising Farm Crops and Gardens with Basic H - Soil Conditioner Surfactant
Raising crops on a farm or in a garden can be difficult. A little-known aspect of this is to make water "wetter" with a surfactant so that moisture and nutrients can be more readily absorbed by the plants.
The formulas have been extracted and edited for greater understanding and ease of reading only. Posting these on the web is to recover this knowledge for general use and application.
This article was derived from a little-known "Red Book" which was apparently published in the 1980's by "Conservation Update Publications, Inc." P. Q Box 2356, Green Bay, WI 54306, (404) 497-3668. Little is known about the C.U.P. at this time.
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR CROPS, REDUCE YOUR COSTS, AND ELIMINATE HAZARDS
Using Shaklee products to reduce your costs, improve crops and eliminate hazardous chemicals. Helping you, the farmer, help yourself and your crops, naturally.
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The formulas for rations and field applications in this publication are NOT endorsed, formulated, warranted, guaranteed or in any way approved by the Shaklee Corporation. Any formulas pertaining to products used in feed that are not approved by the F.D.A. OR U.S.D.A. are to be taken as test products only and are not recommended for use at this time. Shaklee Corporation does not do animal testing
Mineral of your choice must be added to feed formulas for animals. The amount will depend upon analysis of mineral content of home grown feeds. It is very important that you have your feed analyzed.
There is an old saying that is applicable to many situations. Conservation Update Publications chooses to use it like this: If God had intended for man to farm with chemicals, He himself would have created the chemical companies. Fortunately, God did not. Unfortunately, man did. Now we have to live with disasters like DDT, 2,4,5,-T and the Love Canal.
This packet contains a wealth of information. It’s information that will help you farm the way God intended man to farm. It’s information that should not be considered an alternative, but rather a way of life.
The problems facing the modern farmer are indeed staggering ones. This book cannot solve all of them, but we do feel it is a start - a good start.
Use it wisely and remember: by the year 2013 the worlds population will have almost doubled - that means 8.25 billion mouths to feed.
You are their only hope!!
Note: Liqui-lea is not available in Canada - substitute with chewable vita lea, crushed and diluted in water.
SUGGESTED USAGE FORMULAS FOR BASIC-H SOIL CONDITIONER
(This information is based upon results of test farms throughout America)
To enhance soil conditioning before and after planting. Fall and/or spring, apply 2 1/2 quarts BASIC-H with 20 gallons water per acre
Soy Beans (Grain Drills) Formula:
Before tilling the ground, apply 2 1/2 quarts BASIC-H with 2O gallons water per acre. Then after planting, apply2quarts BASIC-H with 20 gallons water per acre.
Soy Beans (Row Planting) Formula:
Immediately after planting; apply 2 quarts BASIC-H with 20 gallons water per acre. Not necessary if spring or fall applications are made. When beans have grown 3-4 inches tall, apply 1 1/4 quarts BASIC-H with 20 gallons water per acre.
(Carrots, Potatoes, Spinach, etc.) Before you till the ground, apply 2 1/2 quarts BASIC-H with 20 gallons water per acre. Once the vegetables are planted, apply 1 1/4 quarts BASIC-H with 20 gallons water per acre. Then when the crop is up, apply 13/4 quarts BASICS with 20 gallons water per acre.
Prior to planting, apply 2 1/2 quarts BASIC-H with 10 gallons water per acre. Once corn has grown to approximately 16-18" apply 1 quart BASIC-H with 20 gallons water per acre. Be sure not to spray the BASIC-H and water directly into the swirls of the com.
Winter Wheat Formula:
As early as you can enter the field, apply 1 1/2 quarts BASIC-H with 20 gallons water per acre. Then re-apply the same formula 30 days later.
Spring Wheat Formula:
Immediately after planting, apply 1 ah quarts BASIC-H with 20 gallons water per acre. Then when crop is 3-4 inches tall, apply 1 1/4 quarts BASIC-H with 20 gallons water per acre.
1.25 quarts of Basic H per 20 gallons of water per acres. Apply once in early spring and once after each cutting.
1 quart Basic H
Take 1 ounce of the above mixture with 1 gallon of water
If the formula for alfalfa doesn’t work on Alfalfa Weevils, use:
pint Basic G
If Basic H was used in the beginning of spring you should not have any problems.
Treat the soil with 2 1/2 quarts of BASIC-H with 20 gallons of water per acre prior to tilling the soil.
After the potatoes are planted, put 1 1/4 quarts BASIC-H with 2O gallons of water per acre. Then apply another 1 1/4 quarts of BASIC-H per 20 gallons of water after the crop is up.
JUST after planting, apply 1 1/4 quarts BASIC-H with 20 gallons water per acre. Then when crop is 3-4 inches tall, apply 1 quart BASIC-H with 20 gallons of water per acre.
When transplanting, put 1 quart of BASIC-H with 20 gallons water. Then wait until the tomatoes take hold and are going good. Now apply 1'A quarts BASIC-H plus 1 ounce of LIOUI-LEA to 20 gallons of water per acre. Greenhouse (Trickler Systems) Formula:
Apply 1 1/2 pints BASIC-H with 16 oz. LIQUI-LEA in 100 gallons of water twice a week with normal trickling application.
Greenhouse (Spray) Formula:
Spray 3 ounces BASIC-H with 2 oz. LIQUI-LEA in 3 gallons of water twice a week.
Prior to planting, apply 2 1/2 quarts BASIC-H with 10 gallons water per acre. Then after crop is 2~4 inches high, apply 1 quart BASSOS with 20 gallons of water per acre.
Apply 1 1/4 quarts BASIC-H with 20 gallons water per acre 3 times per year.
Sunflower Crop Formula:
Apply 2 1/2 quarts of BASIC-H with 10 gallons of water per acre before planting. After the sunflowers have grown to about 1 foot tall, apply 1 1/2 quarts BASIC-H with 20 gallons water per acre.
Apply 1/2 to 1 ounce BASIC-H per gallon of water as needed to control insects and worms.
Sugar Beets Formula:
Before planting, apply 2 1/2 quarts BASIC-H with 20 gallons water per acre. Once sugar beets are planted, then apply 1 1/2 quarts BASIC-H per 20 gallons water per acre. When the crop is up, apply 1 1/4 quarts BASIC-H with 20 gallons water per acre.
LAWNS, GARDENS & ORCHARD USE
This formula is for general gardens with all types of vegetables.
Per acre: apply 125 lbs Natural Mineral evenly in the garden with some type of compost.
Then use a garden hose attachment which is an Ortho Bottle from the hardware store.
Fill this applicator bottle with: 8 ounce Liqui-Lea 24 ounce Basic H
Spray evenly on acre garden four times thru growing season.
VEGETABLES - potatoes, carrots etc : not tomatoes
The soil should be conditioned with 2.5 quarts of Basic H with 10 gallons of water per acre. 1.25 quarts of Basic H with 20 gallons of water per acre applied again after the crop is up.
STRAWBERRIES - New ground. Do not use fall formula on any existing plants.
FALL: 2.5 quarts of Basic H with 20 gallons water per acre before crop is planted.
SPRING: apply 1.25 quarts of Basic H with 20 gallons water per acre. Repeat in early spring and once in late spring.
For existing plants: Fall - apply 1.3 quarts Basic H with 20 gallons water per acre. Repeat in early spring and once in late spring.
When transplanting, put 1 quart Basic H with 20 gallons of water for set water. Then wait until the tomatoes take hold and are going well, apply 1.5 pints of Basic H plus 1 ounce Liqui-Lea to 20 gallons of water per acre.
Special Formula for growing Tomatoes [greenhouse]:
Mix 3 ounces of Basic H, 1 ounce of Liqui-Lea, and 5 gallons of water. Apply after planting. Moisten ground as needed.
Greenhouse Application – vegetables
Trickler systems - vegetables 100 gallons systems - mix 1.5 pints of Basic H with 16 ounce Liqui-Lea in 100 gallons of water. Use normal trickler application. Apply twice a week.
Spray formula - vegetables Mix 3 ounce of Basic H, 1 ounce of Liqui-Lea and 3 gallons of water. Spray twice a week.
Hydroponic System - With a clean system when new water is being cycled. For each 1200 gallons of water add: 2 quarts of Basic H 16 ounce of Liqui-Lea 12 B-complex tablets [crushed] For daily use - for each 200 to 250 gallons of water add: pint Basic H 2 ounce Liqui-Lea 3 B-Complex tablets [crushed] REMEMBER: If you mix the Basic H, Liqui-Lea & crushed B-Complex tablets together, it is much easier to add to the water.
Greenhouse Application - flowers Tricker systems - flowers 100 gallon systems - mix 18 ounce Basic H with 4 ounce of Liqui-Lea in 100 gallons of water. Use normal trickler application. Apply twice a week. Spray Formula - flowers Mix ounce of Basic H with 1 ounce of Liqui-Lea and 3 gallons of water. Spray twice a week.
Use 4 drops of BASIC-H in 8 oz. of water every other week. Use to wipe down leaves also.
Use 1 tsp BASIC-H to a gallon of water and spray on rose bush to protect them from red spider and other diseases. Good for many other types of flowers and flowering bushes.
Soil Conditioner for Garden:
Spray 4 oz. per 1,000 sq. ft. the first year; decrease following years.
Watering in Garden, Fruit Trees, Rose Bushes:
Use 1 oz. to 5 gallons of water. Is a bug and worm repellent and will also make plants flourish.
A couple of squirts in your water in the stand will keep the tree fresh and green and growing . . .
Soil's pH key to what your garden dirt needs: One of the most important elements in any garden is a measurement of the soil, called the pH or literally, the "potential of Hydrogen". A gardener has to be concerned about it, whether he plants vast acres or only has to contend with a few plants on a window sill. Gardeners don't have to get too technical about p H. All they have to know is that the scale runs from 0 to 14. The zero end is acid and the 14 side is alkaline. Seven is considered neutral. For all practical purposes, gardeners have to worry only about the part of the scale that runs from four to nine since the overwhelming majority of plants grow in soil somewhere between those ranges. In fact, most plants do the best within a rather narrow range of 6.1 to 6.9, which is slightly acid. The pH of any soil is extremely important. A soil, for example, may be extremely rich in nutrients, but if it is too acid, those nutrients will be locked up and unavailable to plants. Not only does acidity decrease the availability of elements directly, but it also reduces the activity of soil bacteria until at 5.0 that activity might stop completely. Since organic matter is available to plants only after bacteria have digested it first, the effect on growth is obvious.
There are two ways to find out the pH of your soil. You can send it to your state extension service or you can buy an inexpensive testing kit at almost any garden store. Once you find out what the pH is, then you know what steps to take to bring it into line.
I concluded that since BASIC-H is organic and has no phosphate, nitrate, borate, or NTA and had a pH factor of 6.5 which places it in the middle of the narrow growing range of 6.1 to 6.9 for most plants that it would be ideal to stimulate the growth of plants. The experiments concluded in the preceding paragraphs doubled the yields of Sudan hay. In experiments on established Bermuda grass on a small scale, we received up to three times the amount of cuttings. However, this experiment was on a small scale, under ideal conditions. We are in the process at this time of applying BASIC-H to Bermuda on a large scale at one quart to 100 gallons of water per three acres. CALVERT ENTERPRISES.
Before you go out to plant those garden seeds, coat your hands with BASIC-H, full strength. This acts as an invisible glove, and your hands will clean up easier when you are finished with your gardening chores. Mix 1 tbsp BASIC-H to a gallon of water. Pour this in the furrow before dropping in the seeds. Close the moist furrow and the seeds will soon be sprouting and forming a good root system.
BASIC-H and Orchards: Mr. Bob Gossen, SHAKLEE Key Coordinator and farmer from independence, Kansas reports an experiment by the Dillard Grocery Co. Orchards of Hutchinson, Kansas. They mixed BASIC-H with chemicals and sprayed them on their orchards. As a result, they had: 1) less worm problems, 2) less disease and fungus, 3) less insect problems, 4) good fruit yields in spite of dry weather.
They cut their chemical usage by one-half. If the instructions called for 100 gallons and two pounds of chemicals per tank, they put one pound per tank and one quart of BASIC-H, using the BASIC-H as a wetting agent.
The orchard employees stuck a branch from the apple tree into the tank the BASIC-H in it and when they pulled it out, it showed beaded up water and chemicals on the leaves and branch. When they added the BASIC-H and stuck the branch into the mixture, the leaves and branch were totally wet. No water spots on them, they were wet all the way through. The leaves were wet - everything was wet!
(Carrying agent for spraying) Use one gallon BASIC-H to 1600 gallons of water. This will spray about 7-8 acres of orchard (or one ounce to one gallon).
Insect Spray for Lawn, Garden and Fruit Orchards:
Spray two Tbsp of BASIC-H to five gallons of water. BASIC-H dissolves the oil coating on insects, which opens their pores, letting the water soak in, causing the insect to drown. Nut Trees, Hardwood, and Evergreens: Mix and spray one Tbsp of BASIC-H to one gallon of water.
Nutrients must get to the plant for healthy plants. BASIC-H penetrates the soil. Watch the angle worms return to the soil, as they are so necessary for good, healthy crop-producing soil. Take care of the soil and it will take care of you. Green Lawns: Use 2 Tbsp BASIC-H to bottle applicator like Ortho. Spray lawn as you would liquid fertilizer. This should let 2 gallons of water through applicator. Note on Cabbage Plants: Put 1 Tbsp BASIC-H in sprinkling can. Sprinkle it on ail cabbage plants except three of the plants.
One of our readers tried this and advised . . . bugs were completely gone from cabbage plants treated with BASIC-H. The three that were not treated were full of bugs! (C.U.P.)
Scale is caused by insect infestation. Use 1 oz. BASIC-H to 1 gallon water at the egg stage. Use once a year and with in a few years the problem should be eliminated. Remember, doing it the organic way may take a little longer but it will be safer.
Spraying with dormant oil only closes the pores on the tree and will create more problems. Importing lady bugs and using the oil will not do much good. The BASIC-H will make the eggs so soft they will not be able to hatch. (C.U.P.)
I have a hose and sprayer and last year I put about a half cup of BASIC-H to each sprayer bottle and then sprayed. I sprayed the broccoli about once a week. Now this year I have used more BASIC-H . . . a cup to each sprayer bottle and then filled it up to the 15 gallon mark. I sprayed everything.
Our garden spot used to be a pig pen and it would get so hard, the carrots were all crazy shaped because they couldn't grow straight down in the soil. Last year, using BASIC-H for the first time, we had 14 inch carrots and straight as could be. This year we planted the shorter variety so they have gotten big and round. I'm a firm believer in BASIC-H. I sprayed the garden four ti mes this summer. Next year I plan to spray before planting. Mrs. David Branigan; Albin, WY
To Keep Lawns and Shrubs in Better Shape:
Shampoo them with a BASIC-H solution every 2 or 3 weeks during the growing season. This tends to remove bugs and surface tension.
Pour 1 oz. of BASIC-H in a 1 -quart Ortho spray bottle and fill with water to the 15 gallon line (3/4 full). Attach to hose and spray lawn and shrubs. This amount should be enough for 200to 300 sq. ft. of lawn. It will be more effective in the evening when it is cooler. This method can also be used on gardens. Add 1 Tbsp to 1 gallon water and pour in furrow before planting seeds.
Tomatoes or Above Ground Vegetables:
Mix 2 Tbsp of BASIC-H with 5 gallons of water. Stir. Pour 1 to 2 quarts around each plant. Apply in the evening when it is cooler. Repeat every 2 or 3 weeks during the growing season. This makes the water wetter so the soil nutrients can reach the roots. You'll be surprised and very pleased with the increased yield.
Aphlds on Rose Bushes:
Mix 8 drops of BASIC-H to 1 quart water in a hand spray pump. Spray on rose bushes. This takes the oil off the Aphids body and causes them to die.
Flower Bed - Garden:
The following formula is what I use to make the soil more tillable. I use it to work up my flower beds before planting fall bulbs and to dig my potatoes in the garden. Fill an Ortho bottle to the 10 gallon mark with water. Add 3 OZ. of BASIC-H. Wet the hardened ground thoroughly and let stand a couple of hours.
I also save the organic matter from kitchen wastes, peelings from fruits and vegetables, the outer leaves from lettuce, cabbage, etc. and put into a covered container. Then add one or two Tbsp of BASIC-H to this container which helps to decompose the matter faster and eliminates odors. T. J. & Virginia Patterson; Blackfoot, Idaho.
My wife, son and I operate two greenhouses growing tomatoes and cucumbers in one and flowering house plants in the other. We are trying to find the least toxic chemicals to use for control and/or treatment of diseases and insects, so we tried BASIC-H on white flies and aphids at various BASIC-H dilutions. One tsp. of BASIC-H per gallon of water kills aphids quickly, but nothing else. A spray solution of one oz. of BASIC-H per gallon of water kills algae without any harm to other plants. We plan to try various dilutions of BASIC-G to control mold. Garland Williams; Greenbrier, AK.
Use the same formula as the lawn application. Most courses have irrigation systems. It is important to get at least 1'h quarts BASIC-H per acre. There are attachments available for the irrigation systems and these can be pre-set and sprayed right through the irrigation system. ~
The first year you may still have a few weeds or a few dandelions in your lawn or golf course. By the second year this will balance out and the weeds will actually be gone. The only way they wouldn't be gone is if you were lacking a mineral in that particular area and that could be obtained by using a product like Forage Favorite the first year. Without a soil analysis it would be impossible to know what minerals are lacking.
Lawn Shrubs and Bushes:
For any type of evergreen shrub, use 1 tsp. BASIC-H and 1 tsp. LIQUID-LEA per gallon of water. This will take care of many insects and will give the shrubs the many vitamins they need. Spray with hand sprayer or spray bottle as needed.
For hardwood shrubs and small trees - use 'h ounce BASIC-H with 1 gallon water. Spray once every 2 weeks or if insects appear.
DAIRY FARM USES
Milking Utensils, Pails, Strainers, Etc.:
Use 2 Tbsp BASIC-H to 6 gallons water (warm). Proceed to wash with good dairy brush. Remember the "Soaking action on milk stone really works". Rinse well.
Sanitizing of Dally Utensils:
Use 1-2 Tbsp of BASIC-H with 2 gallons water. Rinse all parts, pails, etc., In the above solution. Air dry. Udder Wash: Use 1 oz BASIC-H to 5 gallons water. Will not dry out teats and will leave natural oil. Even encourages healing where milkers rub and skin cracks. Remain soft year round. Cuts heal quickly.
Use 1 tsp. or 5 cc. BASIC-G to 5 gallons of water. This will soften nipple and disinfect. Mixture will replace iodine mixture which many farmers dislike on their hands and is an irritant.
Pipelines and Stainless Bulk Tanks:
The dairyman realizes a lower bacterial count by using the combination of BASIC-H and BASIC-D. Mix BASIC-D in hot water prior to adding 15 gallons.
1st-Rinse through milk lines 4 drops of BASIC-H with 15 gallons of warm water.
2nd-Rinse through milk lines 1/2 cup of BASIC-D with 15 gallons of hot water (or 1 cup 'D' to 140 ft. & one shot acid)
3rd-Rinse through milk lines 4 drops of BASIC-G with 15 gallons of warm water.
Then sanitize with 1 Tbsp of BASIC-G to 1 gallon of water.
Cooling Tanks and Bulk Tanks:
Use 1/2 to 1 oz. BASIC-H to six gallons of warm water. Empty tank, shut off refrigeration unit, and rinse with cool water. Then scrub with brush using above solution.
MISCELLANEOUS USES FOR BASIC-H AROUND THE FARM
BASIC-H in the treatment of open wounds along with medication. Helps the medication penetrate better and get into the source of the problem faster. When there is a sore or wound and you want the absorption of medicines increased, use a couple cc's of BASIC-H. No ill effects, just results.
BASIC-H can be added to the water in irrigation systems.
Use it successfully as a lubricant when breeding-artificial insemination or infusing post breeding. BASIC-H is unlike other lubricants which are mostly detergent in nature and are anti-spermatic; so reduce the chance of contaminating the uterus.
Use 2 Tbsp BASIC-H to 20 gallons water for washing barn interiors. Heavy duty jobs, use 2-4 Tbsp per gallon water. After cleaning, disinfect with 1 Tbsp BASIC-G to 1 gallon water. Insects leave the orchard when BASIC-H is added to water which is sprayed on trees.
Use 2 Tbsp BASIC-H and 1 Tbsp BASIC-G to 25 gallons water for cleaning eggs. Sanitizes, cleans, and holds down odor.
Use 1 part BASIC-H to 4 parts water as a non-toxic cow spray. Flies will leave your cows alone - they don't like BASIC-H! You can also use 4 ounces of BASIC-G and 1 quart of BASIC-H as your concentrate. Then take 1 ounce of the above concentrate and mix with 1 gallon of water.
Add 1 Tbsp to a 16 oz. spray bottle and fill with water. This makes an inexpensive fire extinguisher, very effective on grease fires. Carry these in your tool boxes and keep near the welder.
BASIC-H is used to wash the water buckets & tack off at the horse races.
it is suggested to use 1-2 Tbsp of BASIC-H to 5 gallons of water. This solution has worked great on Palomino horses. It gets their mane and tail sparkling white and doesn't leave the yellow residue like some harsh cleaners. (If the above solution is not strong enough, add more BASIC-H. It depends on the hardness of your water.)
Use 'A Tbsp of BASIC-H to a gallon of water. Do NOT get into the eyes. Makes coat very shiny and healthy looking.
Horse Stable Area:
1 Tbsp BASIC-G to 1 gallon water. Spray daily.
Flea Dip & Shampoo:
For an organic, non-toxic flea dip and shampoo, apply Basic-H full strength to your dog (Keep away from eyes). Lather up hair and wait 5 to 10 minutes (suds will be low), then rinse off.
Our sincere thanks to the "Conservation Update Publication, Inc." P. Q Box 2356, Green Bay, WI 54306, (404) 497-3668 tor their help in the formulas and testimonials used.
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