Lady Bug Natural Brand™ products are carefully formulated by organic gardening expert John Dromgoole. John has been in the organic gardening business since 1971. His years of experience have proven that great results and personal satisfaction come from gardening naturally — without using chemical fertilizers or toxic pesticides.
John is the owner of The Natural Gardener, Austin's organic garden
center, and Lady Bug Natural Brand™. His award-winning nursery is a
three-time winner of Today's Garden Center's "Revolutionary 100
Garden Centers," ten-time winner of Austin Chronicle's "Best of
Austin," and has been featured in many national gardening magazines.
In 2008, The Natural Gardener was honored with the national award of
"Innovative Garden Center of the Year" by Garden Center Magazine.
For 27 years, John has hosted America's longest continuously running organic gardening radio talk show on 590 KLBJ. On television, John once hosted the first national organic gardening series on PBS, "The New Garden." Currently he appears on "Central Texas Gardener" (over 10 years) and the "Weekend Gardener" (19 years). He has won state, local, and regional awards for his work in promoting organic gardening and farming, including "Texas Legendary Promoter of Organics."
John's main focus is to bring new and old gardeners on board with the organic technique, teaching them how easy, beneficial and beautiful it is to be an organic gardener.
At Lady Bug Natural Brand™, we start with the finest all natural, raw materials from regional sources (no biosolids). These are custom blended to create our unique line of organic gardening products:
Chemical fertilizers interrupt the natural nutrient exchange between soil, soil microbes, and plant roots. This creates a dependency, whereby plants soon require near-constant feeding. The result is a gradual degradation of soil and plant health, making plants vulnerable to diseases and pests. Organic fertilizers, on the other hand, feed the soil microbes which in turn feed the plants. This is a natural, self-sustaining system. Over time, the organic method is cheaper than using chemicals because fewer applications are needed. In addition, gardeners are less likely to spend money on products to control pests and diseases.
For optimum health and growth of all of our plants, ranging from vegetables to trees, our soils need help. A clay soil needs compost and a liquid soil activator to improve permeability, drainage, aeration, and nutrient availability. In a sandy soil, compost and soil activator can also help bind the loose texture of sand, and improve moisture and nutrient retention. All soils profit from the beneficial microorganisms contained in a high quality, properly prepared compost. Such compost contributes to disease suppression an increased fertility as beneficial microbes break down complex soil ingredients into available nutrients and compete with or destroy harmful microbes. Lady Bug Natural Brand™ knows how to turn all soils into rich and healthy home for our prized plants.
Soils are the foundation of any planting. Good soils produce good plants. Gardeners who have ever labored over plants struggling in poor soils know the value of that foundation. The proper ratio of soil, organic matter, minerals, nutrients, micro-organisms and pore space is critical, whether gardening in actual garden soil or in containers. Lady Bug Natural Brand™ knows the difference between plain old dirt and rich productive soil. It’s the difference between a plant simply surviving – and thriving. With decades of experience along with laboratory testing behind our recipes, gardeners can trust Lady Bug Natural Brand™ to bring success to their gardening experience.