Soils, Amendments and FertilizersSoils, Amendments & Fertilizers

One key element to determining the success of your plants is using the right soil. There are many components to maintaining the ideal garden soil for your plants.  Knowing what type of soil your plants need, what type of soil you have, how to amend and fertilize your soil and what options you have for organic pest control will ensure your plants flourish.  The experts at SummerWinds Nursery can help you navigate all of these choices.  They can help you select the best organic soil, choose between organic fertilizer and nitrogen fertilizer and offer many options for organic pesticides.


EB Stone Soil MixesSoils

SummerWinds Nursery sells a variety of ready to use garden soil designed for specific applications:

  • African Violet Mix (by E.B. Stone Organics) – best for all varieties of indoor flowers. Contains: Fir Bark, Aged Redwood and Sand. Registered cdfa. 
  • Azalea, Camellia & Gardenia Planting Mix (by E.B. Stone Organics) – good for a soil amendment or potting soil. Recommended for use with evergreens, ferns, rhododendrons, begonias and other plants that prefer acidic soil. Registered cdfa.  

  • Bonsai Planting Mix (by E.B. Stone Organics) – great for indoor use and outdoor use for all bonsai plants. Registered cdfa. 
  • Cactus Mix (by E.B. Stone Naturals) – great soil for all indoor cactus and succulent plants. Registered cdfa.   
  • Orchid Mix (by E.B. Stone Organics) – soil that is tailored to the needs of orchids.Registered cdfa. 

  • Seed Starter Mix (by E.B. Stone Organics) – This lightweight organic soil mix is ideal for starting seeds and rooting cuttings.Registered cdfa.  Pair this with E.B. Stone Organics Sure Start fertilizer.

  • Potting SoilsPotting Soil – We offer six brands of Potting Soil:

    • SummerWinds Natural & Organic Potting Soil (developed with E.B. Stone Organics) – Great for all indoor and outdoor container gardening.  For best results, use with E.B. Stone’s Sure Start starter fertilizer.

    • Ultimate Recipe Potting Soil (by E.B. Stone Organics) – Made with the best ingredients available, this soil works well with container gardens both indoors and outdoors. An all-natural organic soil that helps retain moisture and helps with aeration. This garden soil promotes strong root and top growth.  Registered cdfa. Pair this soil with E.B. Stone Organics Sure Start fertilizer for best results 

    • Ocean Forest® Potting Soil (by FoxFarm) – This garden soil blend has everything your plants need to thrive in your garden. 

    • Rose Grow Planting Mix (by E.B. Stone Organics) – This organic soil mix is designed to be used as both a planting mix for roses and as a stand-alone potting soil for perfectly suited for roses. Pair with E.B. Stone Organics Rose and Flower Food.

    • Salamander Soil™ (by FoxFarm) – Plant rooted cuttings and young plant starts directly into this potting mix for both indoor and outdoor cultivation.  Holds moisture longer in hot weather and allows for less frequent watering; perfect in drought conditions. 

    • Square Foot Garden Potting Soil Mix (by Gro-Well) – This ready to use garden soil allows you to maximize your space while minimizing your gardening efforts.  No need to amend your soil when you use Square Foot Garden Potting Soil Mix. Ideal for vegetables, flowers and plants.

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AmendmentsAmendments

You can fix existing poor soil by amending it with missing nutrients.  SummerWinds Nursery sells a number of soil amendments, including:

  • Amendments at SWSummerWinds Natural & Organic Planting Mix (developed with E.B. Stone Organics) – This all-purpose natural and Organic transplanting mix is ideal for all types of flowers, vegetables and ornamentals, including annuals, perennials, ground covers, shrubs, fruit and shade trees.For Best results, pair with E.B. Stone Organics Sure Start fertilizer.  

  • Bio-Flora® Compost Exclusive Composted Nutrients – Designed to meet the highest standards for compost amending soil.
  • Chicken Manure (by E.B. Stone Naturals) – Works as both a fertilizer and soil amendment.  Great for starting a new garden.
  • Happy Frog® Soil Conditioner (by FoxFarm) – This hand blended soil conditioner helps to reduce the acidity in soil, loosen clay soil and aids in healthy root development.
     
  • Gro-Well Organic Compost – Ideal for anything from gardens to trees, this compost helps loosen soil, adds organic matter and encourages strong root growth.  Also a good seed cover for lawns. 

  • Arizona's Best GypsumGypsum – Gypsum is particularly good for tomatoes due to its calcium content.  At SummerWinds Nursery, we offer two types of Gypsum:

    • Arizona’s Best Gypsum – helps neutralize soil, loosen compact soils and promotes strong root growth. Gypsum has a natural slow release component and thus can be used as an amendment before planting or to amend soil any time of year.

    • Arizona's Best Lawn & Garden GypsumArizona’s Best Lawn & Garden Gypsum –Works well to loosen compact soil and clay and improves drainage and moisture retention.

  • Lava SandsLava Sand – We offer two brands of Lava Sand:

    • The Organic Garden Guy’s Lava Sand Extreme Soil Builder – This all natural, lava sand soil builder is earth-friendly.  This product absorbs nutrients and water and then slowly releases them back into the soil without affecting the pH value of the soil. Encourages root growth and excellent drainage.

    • Nature’s Way Lava Sand – Helps to retain moisture and nutrients for all types of plants.  Can be used once a year as a mineral supplement or as a top dressing for fresh sod.

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  • Peat MossPeat Moss – We offer two brands of Peat Moss:

    • E.B. Stone Organics Peat Moss – Improves moisture retention for any soil. Registered cdfa. 

    • Sunshine Peat Moss – A natural way to condition and aerate your soil.   

  • PerlitePerlite – We offer two types of Perlite:
     
    • E.B. Stone Organics Perlite – Excellent for loosening up potting mixes.  Pair with E.B. Stone Organics Seed Starter Mix.

    • Uni-Gro® Perlite – Ready to use perlite will work with all plants as well as seed starting. Can be blended with soil to increase aeration.


  • GardenTime Play SandPlay Sand – GardenTime Play Sand is great for kid’s sandboxes and also as a mortar or base material for bricks and pavers.  This is a super fine-grained sand comparable to what you see on the beach. 


  • Soil SulfursSoil Sulfur – We offer three types of Soil Sulfur:
     
    • E.B. Stone Naturals Soil Sulfur – This essential plant nutrient helps adjust the pH level of your soil and helps plants maintain their green leaves.  Also assists plant in the use of nitrogen fertilizer. 

    • Arizona’s Best Soil Sulfur – Acts as a soil conditioner by helping to lower the pH in excessively alkaline soils, helping to maintain green color in plants.  Because of its natural slow-release characteristics, Soil Sulfur can be used any time of the year either as a pre-plant soil conditioner or after planting.  Avoid application during periods of extreme heat in the summer months.

    • Hi-Yield Soil Sulfur – Increases acid in soil and is ideal for vegetables, lawns and any plant that thrives in acidic conditions.

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  • Other AmendmentsSteer Manure – Gro-Well El Toro Steer Manure Compost is a great way to amend soil in the spring and fall.  Best for gardens and seed covers.
  • Vermiculite – Uni-Gro® Vermiculite is an organic soil additive that increases water retention, aeration and slowing nutrient release. Excellent for use in containers.
  • Volcanic Pumice – E.B. Stone Organics Volcanic Pumice is a natural way to improve aeration and water retention.  Great for use with potting soils and containers.

  • EB Stone Super Earthworm CastingsWorm Castings – We offer two types of Worm Castings:

    • E.B. Stone Organics Super Earthworm Castings – An ideal addition to local soils, this organic soil conditioner helps improve the overall health of your soil. Registered cdfa. 

    • WormGold Plus Pure Worm CastingsWormGold® Plus Pure Worm Castings – Great organic addition to potting soil mixes.  In addition to being used as a soil amendment, can also be used for making compost tea.

FertilizersFertilizers

  • FertilizersTiming – How Often:
    • Vegetables – Fertilize vegetables monthly
    • Fruit & Shade Trees – Fertilize 3 times per year; in February, May and September. 
    • Shrubs – Every 2 months 
    • Perennials – Monthly 
    • Annuals – Monthly 
    • Natives –We recommend fertilizing natives with fish or seaweed in February, May and September—only if nutrient deficiencies occur. 
  • Types of Fertilizers:  SummerWinds Nursery carries a number of types of fertilizers, including: organic fertilizer, liquid, water soluble and granular fertilizer.

  • NPK chartNPK Labelling of Fertilizers: The numbers on the bag associated with each letter are the percentages of that element.  For example, 16-4-8 is 16% nitrogen, 4% phosphorus, and 8% potassium. 

    • Nitrogen (N) – helps with leaf development and makes your lawn green.

    • Phosphorous (P) – aids in root development.

    • Potassium (K) – Vital for disease resistance and root development.

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  • E.B. Stone Fertilizers – SummerWinds Nursery carries a wide variety of fertilizers, including those from E.B. Stone Organics.  Some of our favorites are:

    • EB Stone FertilizersAll Purpose Plant Food – E.B. Stone Organics All Purpose Plant Food 5-5-5 is an organic fertilizer ideal for vegetables, trees, shrubs, lawns and flower gardens. Registered cdfa. 

    • Azalea, Camellia & Gardenia Food – E.B. Stone Organics Azalea, Camellia & Gardenia Food 5-5-3 is ideal for use with azalea, camellia and gardenias, as well as other acid-loving plants such as, rhododendrons, fuchsia and evergreen conifers. Registered cdfa. 

    • Citrus & Fruit Tree Food – E.B. Stone Organics Citrus & Fruit Tree Food 7-3-3 is ideal for use with citrus trees, fruit trees and other fruit producing plants such as berries. Also good for shade trees, flowering trees and vines.  Registered cdfa.  Pair with E.B. Stone Naturals Soil Sulfur.

    • Hibiscus & Palm Food – E.B. Stone Organics Hibiscus & Palm Food 6-5-3 is ideal for palms, hibiscus and other tropical plants. Registered cdfa. 

    • Rose & Flower Food – E.B. Stone Organics Rose & Flower Food 5-6-3 is suggested for roses, perennials and other flowering plants. Long lasting, slow release nitrogen. Registered cdfa.  Use with E.B. Stone Organics Rose Grow Planting Mix.

    • Sure Start – E.B. Stone Organics Sure Start 4-6-2 is ideal for newly transplanted plants.  It encourages the development of strong roots. Registered cdfa. 

    • Tomato & Vegetable Food – E.B. Stone Organics Tomato & Vegetable Food 4-5-3 can be used throughout your vegetable garden, in addition to being used with soft fruits (such as strawberries) to produce high-quality fruits and vegetables. Registered cdfa. 

    • Ultra-Bloom Plant Food – E.B. Stone Organics Ultra Bloom Plant Food 0-10-10 is good for all plants, particularly Azaleas, Camellias and Rhodenderons. Add to flowering plants when buds begin to form. In addition to encouraging the development of flowers and fruit, this fertilizer also helps plants resist disease. Registered cdfa. 

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