Last year, I heard Howard Garrett mention two things on his radio program, Thrive and Sweet Almond Verbena. Ironically, my commercial for Thrive comes from my experience growing the verbena. After hearing Howard rave about how wonderful the verbena is, I got online and ordered two, one for me and one for my mom. Being mail order plants, they were tiny, not more than about 3 inches tall. I thought for sure that it had been a mistake to order them. I planted mine in a pot, my mom put hers in the ground. A month or two later, my plant was double to triple the size of my mom's plant. I had given my plant a few waterings with Thrive added and low and behold, once she did the same, her plant took off as well. From 3 inches to over three feet our plants grew at amazing speed and bloomed all summer with the most fragrant flowers! Unfortunately, mine does not appear to have survived the cold winter days. However, my mom said her plant is coming back to life.
I am reluctantly linking to Howard Garrett's website but there is limited info online about Thrive. Unfortunately, in the past year, I feel that his radio program and his website have become nothing more than a big commercial for his new organic living store. While I absolutely commend his efforts and appreciate more and more choice in where to find organic products, it is disappointing to tune into the once very helpful radio program and hear nothing but "buy this at my store!" That disclaimer out of the way, here is the picture of an experiment with grass that convinced me to give Thrive a try last year. While this is a sales video aimed at retailers, it quickly explains how Thrive works.
I do believe that Thrive was very helpful in my garden last year. I did not do any trials of my own but my plants seemed stronger and healthier than in years past. It was enough of a change to convince me to use it again this year. Maybe I will turn one of my growing bags into an official experiment this year.