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Organic Compost

cdfa-logo-smE.B. Stone Organics Organic Compost is an invaluable addition to any garden. Composts and the organic matter they contain are the foundation of rich garden soils and a key component of successful organic gardens of all kinds. E.B. Stone Organic Compost is ideal for use in vegetable gardens and flower beds, around trees and shrubs, and even on lawns. It can be added to the soil at time of planting or used as a surface mulch later on.

Contains: Compost

Your Chicken Manure used to say “organic” and now it says “natural” what’s changed?

There is no difference between the two products. The same chicken manure is in the bag.
We’ve changed from the organic label to the natural label because the rules have changed.

In a nutshell. We are registered in the state of California; thus, need to follow all the laws regarding sourcing organic inputs. California Department of Food and Agriculture, (CDFA), bases their organic input law on the NOP (National Organic Program) a division of the USDA.

It has never been part of the organic rules that manures come from organically grown animals. It used to be that if the manure came out of the south end of a north bound animal, it was considered organic. That part hasn’t changed. What has changed is how the manure is handled after it comes from the animal.

Now in order for it to be considered organic, it must be “composted” in a certain way. The piles are run out in long windrows, its temperature taken on a daily basis and the rows turned on a regular schedule. All of which must be logged for state inspection. Or, the chicken manure must be run through a heat drying process. Very few chicken or dairy farmers want to be a composting facility. The manures are waste products that they would haul to the landfill if people like us didn’t buy it.

The way we handle the product used to be considered composting. We have long piles of each raw material and we turn them to let it age and break down, but the definition has changed. We are not a composting facility, so now we refer to our process as “aging”.

When the new rules went into effect, we elected to move those products into an “aged” and “Natural” label. We just felt that the cost of bagging “organic” manures would be too much for the market to bear. Using composted manures would raise the price about 3 times what it is now.

The organic laws in the state of California are really written with the organic farmer in mind. They need to know what the rules are so that they are all on a level playing field. So the CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) can still use the fresh manures on their crops as long as they do not harvest before a prescribed number of days for each crop. Both the E.B. Stone Chicken Manure and E.B. Stone Steer Manure have been approved by CCOF for use on organic farms.

The other acceptable organic manure is one that has gone through a heat drying process that kills any pathogens that may be contained in them. This is the chicken manure that we use to blend into our organic soils and fertilizers. Using this chicken manure for our “chicken manure” would just be too expensive for the consumer, so we use the aged chicken manure.

We have sold chicken manure for about 100 years now. We still feel that it provides great benefit to your soil. It’s has good nutrient value, it contains many micro nutrients that plants need for growth and it also contains beneficial microbes to feed the soil.

Natural & Organic Potting Soil

cdfa-logo-smOrganic potting soil formulated for growing indoor and outdoor plants in containers. Contains: Fir Bark, Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss, Volcanic Pumice Stone, Earthworm Castings, Sand, Feather Meal, Bat Guano, and Kelp Meal. Feed blooming potted plants regularly with our Rose and Flower Food.

Cottonseed Meal 6-2-1

E.B. Stone Cottonseed Meal is a source of long lasting, natural organic nutrients. Derived from the ground up seed of the cotton plant, the nutrients in Cottonseed Meal are released slowly and it is non-burning and safe to use on both new transplants and existing plants. Cottonseed Meal is naturally acidifying in the soil and is recommended for use when acidifying soils and feeding plants like rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas, blueberries and other plants that prefer acidic soil conditions. In the vegetable garden it is also useful for slow growing root crops. Contains: Cottonseed Meal. Try our Green Sand to supplement your organic feeding program.

Compost Maker 4-4-2

cdfa-logo-smE.B. Stone Compost Maker is a blend of organic ingredients designed to supplement the needs of the home compost. In addition to providing the nitrogen necessary for proper composting, Compost Maker also helps to enrich the finished compost by supplying additional nutrients. It is ideal for use when making compost with large amounts of dry, brown materials high in carbon. Contains: Blood Meal, Feather Meal, Bone Meal, Dried Chicken Manure, Bat Guano, Alfalfa Meal, Kelp Meal and Potassium Sulfate. Adding Chicken Manure will really get your compost going.

Planting Compost Bale

E.B. Stone Organics’ Planting Compost Bale is an ideal soil builder for all soil types. Versatile formulation for all in-ground planting and mulching.

Contains: Composted Wood Shavings, Composted Chicken Manure, Mushroom Compost, Fir Bark, Earthworm Castings, Bat Guano, Kelp Meal and Alfalfa Meal. *Only Available in Oregon & Washington

My dog ate some of the organic fertilizer, will it hurt him?

It seems that dogs are really attracted to the organic fertilizer. It may be of interest that the blood meal and bone meal used in our fertilizers are “food grade” and also used in pet food. While we don’t recommend that you feed it to your dogs, I’ve answered many, many questions about pet getting into the fertilizer. In some cases, pet owners have found their dog with their head in a bag of fertilizer. The worst reaction reported back was an upset stomach for a day or two. If you’re concerned, a quick call to your own vet wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Ultimate Recipe Potting Soil

Ultimate Recipe Potting Soil

CDFAUltimate Recipe Potting Soil is an innovative blend of the finest quality ingredients available today. We’ve crafted a solid start for you to grow that indoor or outdoor container veggie, flower, or herb garden you’ve always wanted. This is a 100% natural and organic combination of aged fir bark, coir, sphagnum peat moss, pumice, and earthworm castings. It provides excellent aeration, along with moisture holding. And is designed to stimulate vigorous root growth and encourage strong top growth. We’ve added feather meal, seabird guano, crab meal, kelp meal, bat guano, and fish bone meal, for even more rich, organic material. Plus, your plants will enjoy the help of our selected mix of beneficial bacteria and mycorrhizae. These further boost the root environment for plant growth.

Contains: Aged Forest Products, Coir, Sphagnum Peat Moss, Pumice, Earthworm Castings, Feather Meal, Seabird Guano, Crab Meal, Bat Guano, Fish Bone Meal, Humic Acid From Leonardite, Gypsum, Kelp Meal, Mycorrhizae, and Beneficial Bacteria. Oystershell Lime and Dolomite Lime are added as pH adjusters. A natural wetting agent, Yucca Shidigera Saponin, has been added to help remoisten the product. Start your potted plants off right with Sure Start.

Big Harvest Garden Soil

cdfa-logo-smE.B. Stone Big Harvest Garden Soil Bale  is an ideal soil conditioner. Great for planting and mulching.

Contains: aged redwood, aged fir bark, compost, dehydrated chicken manure, earthworm castings, bat guano, kelp meal and alfalfa meal.

Raised Bed & Potting Mix

E.B. Stone Organics Raised Bed & Planting Mix

cdfa-logo-smE.B. Stone Raised Bed and Potting Mix is an ideal soil for any raised bed.  It can be used as a stand alone soil or mixed with garden soil.  Our Raised Bed and Potting Mix is designed with carefully selected, premium ingredients.  Rich compost holds the nutrients plants need, Coir (Coconut fiber) hold moisture in the root zone, Naturally-aged forest fiber feeds soil microbes and provides organic matter, Volcanic pumice drains away excess water, Beneficial microbes enhance plant’s root zone.

Contains: Regionally Sourced Bark, Coir, Compost, Pumice, Earthworm Castings, Aged Chicken Manure and Mycorrhizae. Get your Raised Bed off to a great start by planting with E.B. Stone Sure Start.