Large Cucumbers, Swiss Chard And Beans Grown With The Assistance Of Triple Ten 10-10-10 And Essential Plus 1-0-1 Make For An Amazing Salad!

1 1/2 Foot Long Cucumbers, Tender Swiss Chard and Beans Galore… All grown with the assistance of Simple Success Triple Ten 10-10-10 and Essential Plus 1-0-1!

1 1/2 Foot Long Cucumbers, Beans, Swiss Chard Grown With Triple 10 and Essential

Blanched Beans being prepared for the salad.

Blanching Beans For Salad

The delicious garden fresh finished product!

Finished SaladUse Simple Success products to minimize effort and maximize the results of your vegetable garden!

Amazing Celery Grown With Simple Success!

The following pictures were sent in from San Jose, California.  If you have a gardening project you would like to share with us, please email us at

Our gardener grew celery in his 400 square foot Community Garden using Companion Biological Fungicide, Essential Plus 1-0-1, and 8-32-5 Starter Plus Bloomtastic using the recommended rates on the Simple Success bottle (1 once per gallon of water) every 7-14 days.

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Our gardener used black electrical tape to keep the celery in a tight bunch and prevent it from spreading out.


After about 120 days, the celery had reached maturity and has an amazing root system.

Ask A Master Gardener – Essential Plus 1-0-1 is your “Jack of All Trades”

In today’s ‘Ask a Master Gardener’ feature, we discuss the versatility of Essential Plus 1-0-1.  You can learn more about Essential Plus by visiting the product page on our website and if you have a question for our Master Gardener please email us at


Can your Essential Plus 1-0-1 listed under landscape and agriculture be used interchangeably on tree and food crops and at the same application rate?

Sandra, Banks, OR


Dear Sandra,

That is a very good question. We developed Essential many years ago to solve the problem with bad soil that was robbed of all the good topsoil. Beautiful specimen trees had been plant on a very large estate in this very bad soil and were dying off each year. The soil was so compacted that we broke our soil probe trying to get samples. From that experience we knew we had something good with Essential and then tested it on food crops at Rutgers University to see if it’s humic acid would help soil that had high levels of phosphorus from years and years of farming. And yes Essential produced an average of 200 more lbs of cabbage per acre than the control. From trees to cabbage and more!
So a long story to tell you yes that Essential can be used on all plant materials from flowers to trees to turf to food crops to correct soil problems to help avoid transplant shock and stimulate new root growth.   Application rates only slightly from 2 to 5 oz. per gallon. You can check different rate on our retail or professional websites.


Clare, Master Gardener


Ask A Master Gardner: GMO’s Yes or No?

The Perfect Plant blog welcomes your questions about gardening and our products. If you have a question you would like to ask our team of Master Gardeners or have a gardening tip or success story you would like to share, please email us at Today’s question comes from Henry in Minnesota.

Which GMOs are found in many fertilizers?


Dear Henry,

That is a big question and I am going to have to separate it into Part A and Part B!

A. If the fertilizer is an N-P-K and has no organic sources, it will not have any GMOs in it. All N-P-K fertilizers are made up of either man-made materials like urea, ammonia, poly phosphates or mined products like iron sulfate.

B. If the product you are looking at contains plant materials from corn, soy beans, or animal sources; then the likelihood they contain GMOs is highly probable. For example, it is now impossible for corn producers in the US to certify that their corn is GMO free, so a granular fertilizers that uses corn grits as a filler most likely will have GMO materials in them. I bet on a 99% chance. Purely natural ingredients such as Kelp of course are unmodified and 100% natural.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Any products that are listed on the WSDA Brand Name Material List or that is OMRI listed will NOT have any GMOs in them. So if you are keen on avoiding GMOs look for products that have their logos. Our Essential Organic 1-0-1 from our professional line is GMO free and listed with OMRI!


Master Gardener

Contaminated Compost – Is It Possible?

At Simple Success, gardening is not just a business to us.  We are passionate gardeners just like you.   We receive several emails via our website, with specific gardening questions and advice on how to best use Simple Success products.  Because we feel that this information would be useful to readers of The Perfect Plant Blog, we would like to introduce a new feature, “Ask a Master Gardener”.  If you have a question you would like answered, please send us an email at:

Question: I believe the compost I used on my tomato garden may have been contaminated with a hormonal herbicide. My plants immediately switched to producing new spindly leaves, and the leaves curl in on themselves and are malformed. (but no yellowing yet). I read that Essential was helpful to trees with this type of issue. Would this be your recommendation? These are in raised beds and the new compost layer is on top and around the roots.

Austin, TX

Answer: Your hunch was correct! You are seeing the residual effects of a herbicide, most likely a glyphosate which is the most commonly used. It has been known for some time (in Europe first) that there is a much longer residual that will remain in the soil and is absorbed by all kinds of plants.  It “sinks” into the growth areas of the plant and causes exactly what you are seeing spindly (needle -like) leaves.

And yes, Essential Plus 1-0-1 is used by many growers to neutralize the herbicide. The organic materials in Essential Plus 1-0-1 such as the Humic acid act like a carbon filter, absorbing and neutralizing the herbicide molecule. Go with a slightly higher rate (not too much) of 5 – 6 oz per 1,000 sq. ft of bedding area in a good amount of water to get into the root zone.  I would do two applications about two weeks apart. Then check your new growth.
Good luck,
Master Gardener

“Life Here After” for those Clay Pots

In today’s post, our master gardener located in New York State describes how to use broken clay pots in to block drainage holes in new planters.

Every now and then, my wonderful, favorite clay pots get smashed, either by the wind, squirrels, or of course myself.  I never throw out the broken pieces as they are quite useful in their new state of affairs.

My project this spring is new herb planters in two green pickling stoneware crocks that I found in my mother’s basement.  I sized two black plastic pots that fit perfect.  They can be removed easily and I allowed lots of space for drainage.  I don’t want my great top soil to slip through drainage holes, so the broken pieces are perfect for stacking over and around the holes with their irregular concave shapes.