Welcome to the Adv. Organics Regiment information page. Here we have our complete system available for you to view.
The Regiment- CORE: Is our basic organic nutrient regiment perfect for beginning or novice gardeners. This version also works best with outdoor crops directly planted in the ground.
The Regiment- ADVANCED: Is our proven and award-winning process for extracting the absolute most from your plants. This system is for established cultivators who have hit a plateau or peak in their output and are looking for better and CONSISTENT results every harvest. This method is designed for indoor, controlled environments or closely monitored outdoor greenhouses.
The Regiment- CORE (free booklet available in-store)
The Regiment- ADVANCED (free booklet available in-store)
Now let’s talk about Adv. Organics, The Soil Food Web, and plant life in general!
Plants grown with the Adv. Organics Regiment exhibit the best genetic traits of a given strain or plant. By allowing nature and not chemically based additives to stimulate and foster growth, plants are able to express their individual genetic qualities at the highest level. This means brighter, healthier flowers and multiple budding sites. Leading to bigger, better, and more consistent harvests.
This process of Adv. Organics is based on the principals and teachings of the Soil Food Web. The Soil Food Web is a process that has fueled evolution in plants and organisms for thousands of years. It is a natural system with its own intelligent design that encourages growth and evolution while coupled with sustainability. It is a process and application that takes time and concern but one that ultimately ensures a higher standard of quality for generations.
Healthy soil is teaming with life- microscopic organisms like bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes. A teaspoon of good garden soil contains over a billion invisible bacteria, fungal hyphae, protozoa, and nematodes all searching for energy to survive- a common denominator amongst all soil life. Except for some bacteria known as Chemo-synthesizers, which derive energy from sulfur or nitrogen compounds, the rest must consume something containing carbon to receive the energy they need to sustain life. Carbon can come in the forms of organic material supplied from plants, waste produced by other organisms, or the bodies of other organisms. All soil life must find and consume carbon to fuel their metabolism.
This food chain is the basis of the Soil Food Web. However, most organisms eat more than one kind of prey, so in terms of diagramming who eats whom in the soil, you have not just one food chain, but a series of chains, linked and cross-linked to each other- like a “web”. This simple definition represents the highly complex and organized set of interactions and chemical/ physical processes that take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in healthy soil.
Despite this commotion of life and activity it is ultimately the plant who is in control. Most people tend to think of a plant as only taking up nutrients through the root system and in turn feeding the leaves and fostering new growth. What few know is that a significant portion of the energy caused by photosynthesis is used by the plant to secrete a chemical through their roots called exudates. Made up of proteins and carbohydrates this process awakens and attracts specific beneficial bacteria and fungi which survive off the exudates and cellular material found around the root tips. All this activity takes place in the rhizosphere, the zone immediately around the roots and extending out roughly just 1/10th of an inch. It is a veritable hub of "life" all competing for the exudates, and/ or water and mineral content found in the rhizosphere.
At the bottom of the Soil Food Web are bacteria and fungi, which are attracted to and feed on exudates. In turn they attract and are eaten by larger organisms- i.e. nematodes and protozoa, that consume bacteria and fungi to fuel their metabolisms. Anything not used is excreted as waste and readily absorbed by the roots as nutrients. This all takes place in the rhizosphere- the site of root nutrient absorption.
The heart of the Soil Food Web is the plants. Plants control the Soil Food Web for their benefit. Extensive research has shown that plants can control and specifically attract different kinds of fungi and bacteria by the exudates they produce. Different exudates are secreted depending on the current cycle of the growing season and the nutrients required by the plant. Soil fungi and bacteria are like small bags of fertilizer, retaining in their bodies nitrogen and other nutrients they consume from root exudates and other organic material. In relation, nematodes and protozoa act as "fertilizer spreaders" by releasing the nutrients locked up in bacteria and fungi. These nematodes and protozoa accomplish this task by consuming the bacteria and fungi in the rhizosphere. They digest what is needed and excrete the excess carbon and nutrients as waste.
This is the system that has sustained plants since they evolved, their survival depends on this vital interplay of microorganisms. Soil life provides the nutrients required for plant life. Without this system the most important nutrients would drain from the soil, rather than preserved in the bodies of soil life.
When you apply chemical based fertilizers, trace amounts hit the rhizosphere where it is absorbed; but most continues to drain through the soil creating a loss of nutrients you just paid good money for. In addition, chemical based additives kill or chase off important members of the Soil Food Web and dramatically change the soil environment. Important fungal and bacterial relationships don't form when a plant can get free nutrients. When plants are chemically fed, they cease to rely on the microbial interactions to absorb nutrients and microbial populations suffer accordingly. This in turn requires even more chemical nutrients- because the very foundation of the Soil Food Web has been changed.
When the Soil Food Web breaks down, plants become more reliant not only on chemical fertilizers for nutrients but chemical solutions for disease and pest problems. A breakdown in this balance of microorganisms causes soil to deteriorate, fostering the perfect environment for pathogens and pests to form in the absence of healthy soil life.
Why is all this important? Not only because it is the natural, sustainable evolution of life, but because you can make it work for you. Just like enzymes break down waste in septic tanks and specially formulated yogurt regulates our own digestive systems; so, too does the Soil Food Web act as an important regulator in nutrient uptake, and disease prevention. A healthy soil ecosystem will hold nutrients in the bodies of Soil Food Web organisms as well as provide around the clock, continuously growing defense systems against pest and diseases- naturally. Plants are healthier and able to truly express their genetic potential because they will get specifically what they need- when they need it.
To see this wonder of mother nature you only must close your eyes and think of a forest. Think of the giant sequoias towering over you, or of the many small ferns that are scattered about the forest floor. Think of the numerous fields of wildflowers that blossom every spring, or the brilliant colors of fall that seem to only become more diverse, and striking every year.
It’s beautiful, it's a part of our culture and our identity- and no one ever fertilized it.
These environments are completely controlled by the Soil Food Web in which they live. Every single plant produces exudates and in turn attracts beneficial microbiology to its rhizosphere. It is a natural system, and one that operates better without interference from chemical additives and pesticides. The tallest of trees started from the smallest of saplings and continuously evolved without the aids of any miracle powders, and 3 part "A/ B/ Flush" solutions.
With the proper microbiology in soil, pathogens face fierce competition, plants absorb the nutrients they need- when they need it, water drainage and retention is improved, fruit and flowers look and taste better, and the plant has little in the way of stress or strain. Most importantly you don't have to worry about the effects of chemicals on you and your family's health and well-being.
The Adv. Organics Regiment is more than just a process, but a belief that we have a responsibility to respect and preserve what life has spent thousands of years creating. We believe that through the principals taught by the Soil Food Web we can gain a further developed understanding about our own lives and purpose. It is this legacy of understanding and sustainability that we leave for future generations, and that which we will be ultimately judged by.