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Ingredient Description

Black Wonder 5000 Soil Builder is a proprietary blend of enzymes, beneficial microbes, microbial metabolites, minor nutrients, organic polymers, sea kelp, crab and lobster shell, mycorrhizal fungi, gypsum, humic acid, and amino acids. This blend is intended to improve plant health, soil quality, and germination.


What do each of the ingredients do to make this an essential part of any soil building project?

Enzymes are proteins that are the catalysts for many chemical reactions. Enzymes help supply amino acids to the plant. Other enzymes in here break down compounds in fertilizer and minerals in the soil making them available to the plant to use. Otherwise, if you have dead dirt (which 50% of Americas do) that you are trying to grow in you will lose most of your fertilizer to leaching and volatilization before the plant can use it. If your soil is dead and has no organic matter, you will grow nothing. Compost alone will eventually help if it doesn’t wash away but it takes time for microbes to develop in just composted organic matter. Our enzymes and microbial metabolites get a jump start on turning the dead dirt into living soil buy instantly suppling what the plant needs without waiting for microbes to populate the soil. It instantly creates soil when it is mixed with organic matter.

Polymers are biodegradable water and fertilizer grabbing sponges that helps keep soil stay in place and prevent erosion. There are several great things about these polymers. First yes, they are biodegradable. They break down over a 2-3 year period. They are not toxic to fish, humans, plants, or the environment. Many cheap polymers can be toxic to everything especially the environment. Our polymers have a weaker magnetic pull than the plant, what does that mean? That means the plant can pull food and water from the polymer, not the other way around. The magnetic pull on the polymer is stronger than the soil. The soil has a negative charge on it. Our polymers can grab positively charged ions (food for plants) and hold them till the plants are ready to eat. The polymers also have a few positive sites on them helping to hold the soil in place and keeping it from eroding away. Another thing, as the polymers get wet and drys out, they expand and contract and move deep into the soil. This aerates the soil, keeping those heavy clay soils from becoming compact and dying. Finally, the polymers also hold air keeping wet soils that would normally drown a plant alive by supplying the air needed. Wow, that is powerful.

Humic Acid, what are the benefits? Throughout history, farmers have used humic acid to generate healthier plants and a higher crop yield. Today, humic acids are even more essential than ever. Here are just a few of the many benefits of humic acid. Increases nutrient uptake, increases water-holding capacity in soil, improves the overall soil structure, stimulates microbial activity, regulates the pH-value of soils, chelates toxins from the soil, helps to eliminate iron chlorosis by increasing iron uptake, improves overall plant health, helping plants better resist predators and disease, stimulates root growth, which increases crop volume, increases germination.

Sea Kelp is a powerful Plant Biostimulant.  When used as a Biostimulant, there are various ‘modes of action’ that are used.  ‘Modes of action’ are changes in plant function that occur at the cellular level.  The beneficial components naturally contained in Kelp are what work with plants and living soils to boost overall production and health. Sea Kelp Extracts are beneficial to Soil, Foliar, and Seed treatments, as well as in hydroponic systems.  With over 70 trace macro and micronutrients, hormones, carbohydrates, minerals, and proteins; Sea Kelp gives your plants an organic complement of powerful plant growth and health stimulants. Sea Kelp Extract Benefits are as follows: Improves Germination, Rooting, and Early Plant Development. Enhances Plant Vigor, Performance, and Yields. Promotes Earlier Flowering, Fruit Set, and Fruit Quality. Energizes and Feeds Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR). Improves Soil Texture, Aeration, and Water Holding Capacity. Reduces Plant Stress (Abiotic and Biotic). Improve Cold Hardiness.

Mycorrhizae, these specialized root fungi colonize plant roots and extend far into the soil. Mycorrhizal fungal filaments in the soil are truly extensions of root systems and are more effective in nutrient and water absorption than roots itself. 95% of the worlds plants form a relationship with mycorrhiza. These Mycorrhizal fungi increase the surface absorbing area of roots 10 to 1,000 times, thereby greatly improving the ability of the plants to use the soil resource. Several miles of fungal filaments can be present in less than a thimbleful of soil. But mycorrhizal fungi increase nutrient uptake not only by increasing the surface absorbing area of roots. mycorrhizal fungi release powerful enzymes into the soil that dissolve hard-to-capture nutrients, such as phosphorus, iron and other “tightly bound” soil nutrients. This extraction process is particularly important in plant nutrition and explains why non-mycorrhizal plants require high levels of fertility to maintain their health. mycorrhizal fungi form an intricate web that captures and assimilates nutrients, conserving the nutrient wealth in soils. It improves nutrient and water uptake, improves root growth, improves plant growth and yield, reduces transplant shock, reduces drought stress, promotes more flowers + fruit.  mycorrhizal fungi are involved with a wide variety of activities that benefit plant establishment and growth. The same extensive network of fungal filaments important to nutrient uptake is also important in water uptake and storage. In non-irrigated conditions, mycorrhizal plants are under far less drought stress compared to non-mycorrhizal plants. mycorrhizal filaments also produce humic compounds and organic “glues” (extracellular polysaccharides) that bind soils into aggregates and improve soil porosity. Soil porosity and soil structure positively influence the growth of plants by promoting aeration, water movement into soil, and root growth and distribution. Many practical benefits can be expected from using mycorrhizal fungi in common practices.

Microbes (beneficial biologicals) Bacillus spp., Enterococcus spp., Lactobacillus spp…. to name a few. Healthy communities of beneficial soil microbes are essential to soil productivity, significantly reducing or sometimes eliminating viable pathogens and weed seeds, rapidly breaking down plant residues, improving soil carbon and pH, and providing plants with available nutrients throughout the growing season. A diverse, healthy soil leads to improved plant vitality and increased yields. These technologies foster the development of balanced microbial communities which assist in the breakdown of residual plant material, increase nutrient availability, and enhance root growth. Our microbial inoculant consisting of beneficial live cultures specially selected to optimize the soil microbiome, enhance soil structure, and strengthen root development and plant vigor. These microbes also help inoculate the soil with nitrogen fixing bacteria helping legumes create nitrogen from the air.

Lobster/Crab Shells are also added to our mix. Why? Most people would think its because it’s a superior dry fertilizer for all your growing needs. It has an NPK of 5-3-0, but also contains Calcium (17%) and Magnesium (1%). The truth be told is that it is high in chitin and will promote the growth of beneficial organisms in the soil and help deter plant parasitic nematodes, fungi and beatles. The high calcium content of Lobster and Crab Shells reduces the effects of fungal diseases such as blossom end rot and helps plants develop healthy, strong cells.

Gypsum is really one of those things that is a must for all dead soil. Here is what Gypsum does. Improves Soil Structure. Helps Reclaim Sodic Soils. Prevents Crusting of Soil and Aids Seed Emergence. Improves Low-Solute Irrigation Water. Improves Compacted Soil. Makes Slightly Wet Soils Easier To Till. Stops Water Runoff and Erosion. Decreased pH of Sodic Soils. Increases the pH of Acidic Soils. Improves Swelling Clays. Prevents Waterlogging of Soil. Can Help Remove Excess Boron from Sodic Soil. Makes Water-Soluble Polymer Soil Conditioners More Effective. Makes Excess Magnesium Non-Toxic. Corrects Subsoil Acidity by allowing lime penetration. Can Enhance the Values of Liming. Improves Water-Use Efficiency. Creates Favorable Soil electrolyte content. Makes it Possible to Efficiently Use Low Quality Irrigation Water. Decreased Dust Erosion when applied with water soluble polymers. Helps Plants Absorb Plant Nutrients. Decreased Heavy-Metal Toxicity. Increases Value of Organics. Improves Fruit Quality and Prevents Some Plant Disease. Is a Source of Sulfur. Helps Prepare Soil for No-Till Management. Decrease Bulk Density of Soil. Decreases the Toxic Effect of NaC1 Salinity. Can Decrease pH of Rhizosphere. Keeps Clay Off Tuber and Root Crops. Decreases Loss of Fertilizer Nitrogen to the Air. Gypsum Can be a Source of Oxygen for Plants. Gypsum Helps Earthworms to Flourish. Gypsum Can Increase Water Retention in Soil. Can Increase Crop Yields.

Amino Acids also play a role in protecting plants against insects and disease. Weak plants have extra water between the cell walls, providing easy access to sucking insects and fungal pathogens. Strong plants with extra pectin between the cell walls are hardened against attacks, forming a physical barrier against invaders. Therefore, supplementing plants with amino acid can help strengthen the plants’ natural immune system, potentially reducing the need for pesticides and fungicides. We offer water soluble amino acid materials that contain many of the amino acids allowing plants to direct their energy away from amino acid production and to other beneficial activities – like greater flowering, healthy and abundant crops.