John & Bob’s Grow Green Review and Giveaway


If you have been growing organically for several years your garden is probably beaming with beneficial bacteria and various microorganisms.  Though if you are just starting a garden using bags of sterilized soil/compost or are starting with soil that has undergone many decades of chemical fertilizers, John and Bob’s Grown Green might be just what you need.

The product comes in four parts: Optimize, Maximize, Penetrate, and Nourish.

image Optimize adds humus to neutralize the pH of the soil and also adds nutrients such as calcium and iron  which is benefits cellular wall plant growth but important for feeding beneficial micro-organisms (fungi and protozoa) to encourage activity to break up hard soil and fight plant disease.
image Maximize also includes some minerals to feed fungi and protozoa but also brings in the microscopic plant helps as well.  This is where you can quickly start adding abundant life to your previously sterile soil.  Below are microbial contents:Aerobic Soil Bacteria: 150 micrograms per milliliter.Soil Protozoa: 4,000 per gram.

Soil Fungi: 230 micrograms per milliliter.

Beneficial Fungal Mycorrhizae: 

Glomus aggregatum: 154 propagules/lb*
Glomus mosseae: 150 propagules/lb*
Glomus intraradices: 156 propagules/lb*
Glomus etunicatum: 152 propagules/lb *

image Penetrate is a liquid bio-tiller that contains powerful ingredients that work together to break up hard, clay soils.  This comes in two parts, the first is a highly concentrated compost tea with dormant beneficial bacteria (150 million per ml) that are awakened when you combine with the food from the second bottle which provides food to get that bacteria awake and start rapidly reproducing.
image Nourish is an organic fertilizer made from 100% vegetable sources.  Specifically the vegetables this is derived from is Soybean meal and cottonseed meal.  This organic fertilizer provides the normal NPK nutrients your plants needs but also includes organic matter to support all these microorganisms you have been working hard to get established in your garden.  This is a fast acting organic fertilizer which your plants can benefit from immediately but unlike chemical fertilizers will not burn your plants and can be used anytime during the growing process.

Typically when I do a review I will include some of my own experiments to prove or disprove the products I am reviewing.  Provided this is a product which can at least a few months to prove its effectiveness I will be doing the following experiment this spring/summer.  My lawn contains very bad clay soil (thank you home developers) and is a challenge to keep life growing on it.  This seems like a great challenge for the Grow Green products and will do a this half treated, this half treated with my normal alfalfa pellets and we will see which side thrives the most.  Though my vegetable garden plots should have good number of microorganisms already established I will also use the product on half of one of these plots where I will be growing tomatoes and identify the benefits for a more established garden.

The great people at John and Bob’s Grown Green have also agreed to giveaway the same sample of the products I have pictured above with include all four Optimize, Maximize, Penetrate, and Nourish products.

There are multiple ways to enter:

A winner will randomly be picked on 02/21/11.

33 Responses to “John & Bob’s Grow Green Review and Giveaway”

  1. Bobbi Says:

    I would love to win!
    I already ‘like’ you on FB and will share the giveaway!
    Thanks for writing!

  2. Aimee Says:

    Awesome giveaway, I would love to be able to add those into my little garden.

  3. melissa Says:

    I could use some help with my soil. My compost pile is taking longer than I thought.

  4. Fred Beiderbecke Says:

    I have used the optimizer in my potting mixes. I would like to try the other ones as well.

  5. steve Says:

    Cool! I would like my name in the pot…

  6. SixBalloons Says:

    Wow, thanks again for yet another great giveaway!

  7. Marcie Says:

    I’m just starting my garden and would love to try this. Thanks.

  8. Matthew Says:

    What an excellent-sounding product. Good garden sense, well in tune with the permaculture axiom: feed the soil, and the plants will come!

  9. Julie Jester Says:

    Wow, something to help out with clay soil – gotta check that out! Our electric cultivator can only do so much, especially if the ground is saturated. Please add me to the giveaway entries!

  10. Erin Says:

    oh very exciting for a newbie gardener!!! I’d love to be entered!

  11. Jen D. Says:

    I’ve got some heavy clay soil that got very rain battered this winter here in the Pacific NW. This sounds like just what I needed! Crossing all crossable parts

  12. Jen D. Says:

    p.s. also commented via FB, thanks!

  13. Pamela Says:

    I’d love to try this! Here in Las Vegas, our soil needs Frankensteinian intervention.

  14. Carol Says:

    I made an aboveground garden last fall, and filled it with leaves, a little soil, wood chips. Hope it decomposes some over the winter.
    These products would sure help my garden improve immensely. Thank you for the chance to win!

  15. Michael Says:

    Thanks for the great post. I would love to throw my name into the hat. Thanks!

  16. Michael Says:

    Just ‘liked’ you on Facebook as well.

  17. thuan Says:

    Used enough for 2000 sq feet last year. I seemed to use less water during the summer. Just fertilized the roses, potted plants and small citrus tree today. They it takes time for the stuff to work and it looks like it is working!

  18. Nikki Says:

    This would be awesome to win! I’m sure my garden would love it, so thanks for offering the giveaway.

  19. Nikki Says:

    I liked you on Facebook

  20. Nikki Says:

    I also “liked” this contest on Facebook. I hope you have a great week!

  21. Rachel Says:

    what a great product!

  22. Rachel Says:

    liked you on facebook

  23. Rick Says:

    I live in SE Arizona, so the general lack of precipitation makes growing anything at all a challenge. Add to that the concrete-like nature of our soil, and we have our work cut out for us.

  24. Rick Says:

    I also liked you on facebook.

  25. monique Says:

    I would love to win this!
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  26. monique Says:

    Like CVG on facebook

  27. monique Says:

    Liked this contest on facebook

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  29. lizc Says:

    I’d love to win! I just found your blog, and I’m going to have to peruse some more!

  30. Carolyn Garcia Says:

    After purchasing a large bag of Biosol Mix I noticed the main ingredients were soy and cotton. Are these products in this fertilizer GMO free? I’m trying to garden organically and I realize not everything labeled organic is 100 % organic and that even GMO products are sometimes labeled Narural or Organic. Please email me. Thank you, Carolyn Garcia.

  31. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    Carolyn, That is a very good question provided a majority of soy produced is GMO…but still are plenty of product with organic/GMO free label. I will see if I can get an answer to this one.

  32. Carolyn Garcia Says:

    Have you found out yet if the Bio Sol Nourish is made with GMO ingredients? I am reluctant to use it because GMO products have usually been heavily sprayed with various toxic chemicals and also manufacture toxic pesticides within the plant itself. Thank you. Sincerely Carolyn Garcia.

  33. Bill Mieswinkel Says:

    I heard that you sell a soil builder that is very good for gardens; which will treat 1,000 sq ft.

    I don’t see any information where I am looking as to what this kit cost. Can you advise me of the cost, and what the shipping cost would be to Strafford, Mo 65757.



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