And So It Begins... High Brix Gardens and the story about how it has grown into Grow Your Own Nutrition

And So It Begins

Meet Lynn Hoag
March 2, 2018
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GYON - And So It Begins

It’s hard to believe but High Brix Gardens is a teenager! 13 years ago, High Brix Gardens was started in a dilapidated machine shed in southern Minnesota.

The ideas and influence from its humble beginnings have gone around the world. And many new garden programs have been started copying the pattern of High Brix Gardens: test the soil, blend a custom mix of minerals, provide full-spectrum nutrition to the soil, and reap the reward in the form of more flavorful foods. It’s common sense simplicity has helped thousands of gardeners enjoy nutritious produce.

What started as a trickle soil test once in a while has become a steady stream accounting for nearly half of all samples coming into International Ag Labs. The demand by more and more people to grow their own food and ultimately nutrition, continues to increase year after year.

I confess that I feel a sense of pride, almost as a parent would in a child, when I look back on High Brix Gardens. And that metaphor ties into the purpose of this article. A new “child” has been born! High Brix Gardens has a newborn “sister” so to speak. I am pleased to formally introduce you to Grow Your Own Nutrition.

Just in case you are curious High Brix Gardens is doing well and will continue to offer its services well into the future.

For a long time, I have been mulling over an upgrade to the High Brix Gardens program and even had a precursor as Mineralized Gardens. But in the last 2 years everything came together. With this article I want to explain why.

Believe it or not one of my biggest inspirations to make the change came from something I carried around in my pocket every day. Yep—I’m talking about an iPhone. Everybody I know can easily use an iPhone. Two-Year-Olds are amazingly proficient at using them. Its level of intuitive simplicity is remarkable. All its simplicity faces the front for an easy-to-use experience. Maps, Email, Text, Apps absolutely easy to use. But in reality, an iPhone is incredibly complex.

I don’t know of one person who has popped the hood open, dug into all the circuits and software to create their own version of an iPhone. Only 1 company comes to mind: Samsung. Even behemoths like Amazon and Google can’t compete.

The extreme simplicity on the front sides masks such an immense complexity on the inside it is mind boggling. The iPhone perfectly illustrates the world we live in today. People want absolute simplicity of use but demand performance that takes an incredible amount of complexity to achieve. And since we live in a highly technological era it is feasible to accomplish these twin demands, though not easy to set up.

5 Years in Development

The iPhone story is the backdrop that led to the Grow Your Own Nutrition garden program. I spent a lot of time asking myself; How can I create a garden program that is so easy to follow anybody could do it and yet still achieve outstanding food quality?

The very first Grow Your Own Nutrition garden was my pilot garden last year. I made raised beds last spring and planted a number of crops. We were surprised at the flavor and potency of the foods. We tasted and tested Cilantro at 11.9 brix, Peppermint leaves at 16.9 brix and a hybrid Roma Tomato at 8.2 brix. This tomato was a Heinze H1301 and is not known for getting beyond 5.5 brix.

Heinze H1301 Tomato

Heinze H1301 Tomato

I have to tell you about the peppermint. We would pick a fresh leaf and chew it. It almost felt like it contained a drop of essential oil; it was that potent.



Notice the gloss on the cilantro leaves. This glossiness is a sign of very high quality and reflects a greater oil content internally. When Rebecca would cook chicken curry using our own tomatoes and cilantro the flavor in the curry would really pop. Needless to say, we are expanding our garden with more beds and can’t wait for spring!




The Grow Your Own Nutrition Program is a complete fertility program that only has two actions.

  1. Broadcast Dry Minerals 1X per Year
  2. Drench Liquid Nutrients Every 3 Weeks During the Growing Season

This program is especially designed for new growers who have no gardening experience and for experienced gardeners who want to get the highest output with the easiest effort.

The new program has eliminated foliar sprays and the external use of Transplant Formula. Instead Transplant Formula is incorporated into the blend of minerals. We have also upgraded the blend of minerals. We now include multiple carbon sources to further enhance the soil environment and microbial health. To find out more about the carbon sources sign up here.

One addition to the program is the 5-page Executive Summary. This is where I walk through the soil test and give a birds’ eye view of your soil pattern and what nutrients were included in the broadcast.

Another difference is the option of 5 sizes starting with the smallest at 64 square feet. Each larger size doubles from the previous. The GYON garden program is best suited for gardens 1,024 square feet or smaller while the High Brix Gardens program is best suited for 1,000 square feet or larger.

The GYON garden program has one more simplification. It only needs a single point of purchase once a year. This single purchase is the entire cost of the fertility program. With it comes the soil test, the executive summary, the dry blend of minerals and carbons, instructions, and the liquid drenches. Even the return postage for the soil sample is prepaid.


Executive Summary

High Brix Gardens works through a dealer who custom blends the minerals and fulfills all other packaged products. GYON does not work through dealers. Instead it is fulfilled by our family business; Eden’s Secret LLC. And we are soon to be offering an affiliate program to those who would like to partner with us in promoting GYON. If that interests you please sign up here.

If you would like to see a sample of the completely redesigned Soil Test Report and the accompanying  Executive Summary please Meet Lynn Hoag.

Wishing you a fabulous garden, the best tasting food, and health that keeps getting better,

Jon Frank



  1. Yes,
    Please let me know about promoting GYON.

  2. Jon Frank says:


    We will have an affiliate program soon. I will leave a comment and link here and put it in the article above. Look for that in a couple of weeks.


  3. Melody Drake says:

    I am interested in GYON. We are currently growing microgreens. Would the drenching the plants with liquid nutrients work with microgreens?

  4. J says:

    Hi Frank, we would be starting our beds from scratch. No soil, having to buy it from a landscape place. What do you suggest we start with?

    I am toying with the idea of doing it a cross between hugulkultur. Digging into ground a foot or so, and using 2 ft deep beds. Using the bottom foot and area in ground for small logs, debris, etc. then the soil over the top. What do you think of that idea?

    • J says:

      The only thing on hand that i have is animal bedding from livestock, leaves, the fallen trees (= wood), several x-large bags of peat moss and vermiculite. Very small amount of top soil from a previous garden, and hard red clay galore. Our summers are can be drought like and humid. Usually a quick shower here and there but dry as can be in between (South Carolina) , and city water for watering until i have rain barrels built and working.

  5. Jon Frank says:


    Hugulkultur is fine but over time they will break down and you will need to add more soil on the top to keep your beds full. It is a good idea because it can supply some moisture when the weather is dry.

    For soil just use a mix of what you have. In proportion use your old garden soil, peat moss, and vermiculite. The remainder should be you local clay. Do not use the bedding from the livestock. Save the leaves for mulch if you want it during the summer. Once this is in place select the correct garden size from and you won’t need to worry about the fertility. Also the blend of minerals will correct the tight clay.

    Wish you well in your garden this year. ~Jon

  6. Martin says:

    RE: soil sample and raised beds — I have 7 raised beds -(250 sq ft or so) they were developed over time and there is no way taking a sample from just one bed to test would be meaningful. Also it is hard to believe that taking one same per bed and mixing them together would give a true picture of what amendments will be good for the soil. Any suggestions? Thanks Jon…

    • Jon Frank says:


      You are welcome to soil test each bed separately if you wish. This has been done many times in our lab and is usually not worth the expense. But the choice is yours.

      Yes there will be a margin of variability but overall the pattern will be remarkably similar. 500 lbs. of calcium or 800 lbs. of calcium is certainly not the same. But the pattern is the same: low calcium. And the fertility recommendations won’t change either. The important thing is to move the pattern toward ideal.

      Good question. ~Jon

  7. Joe Bentley says:

    Hi Jon,,

    I have been following your work for over a year now and want to contribute to your brilliant point of view. We are a 31 year old health restoration company specializing in organic yeast fermentation of nutrients for consumption and a few other areas. A few years ago we developed a device that restores water to a high energy state (restores it naturally) and the result is rapid increase in
    BRIX levels in plants. I am inviting you to review the Tranquility Device at and if you are interested I will send you one as a gift to test to your own delight. It really works. What may happen if it is combined with your artistry?

    I am looking forward to your response to my offer.

    In gratitude,
    Joe Bentley

    • Jon Frank says:


      Thanks for your compliment. I am aware of water structuring devices. I do believe that water can be structured and can positively influence biology. But my approach to structuring water is to create a molecular structure that is made using chemistry rather than using a water structuring device based on water movement/physics. The reason is the strength of the structuring and its ability to structure more moisture. We do this with chemistry and put it in our nutrient drenches.

      Thanks – Jon

  8. Joe Bentley says:

    Thank you for your response Jon. Just for information, we saw BRIX in medical cannibus go from 12 to 17 in two weeks without any soil modification. Most of the effect of the water is to increase the hydration of the soil bacteria which makes the plant food. A combination of mineralization and natural vortexing without using plastics and anything else man made seems to do the trick real well.

    Be well and keep up your extraordinary contributions.

    In gratitude,

  9. orel says:

    hello jon
    i heard you test soils by volume
    As peat based media are lightweight and has a tendancy to shrink over time,how do you adress the “2cc problem”
    (2cc scooping not being consistent for lightweight media with bulk density of around 0.5)
    Also can you make the report in mg/kg of soil for container growers ?
    best regards

    • Jon Frank says:

      Orel – Yes we scoop soil and growing media. This causes them to show much less mineral than if used by weight but that is exactly what you would expect. Very light growing media does not provide near as much nutrients. I don’t see a problem.

      Lbs. per acre or mg/kg are only a scale to judge against. Yes it is easy to convert just take lbs. per acre and divide by 2 to get PPM or mg/kg.

      • orel says:

        thank you jon
        As i’m french maybe i don’t express myself right..
        It seems to me that if my soil is 0.5 bulk density i should multiply by 2 to get the right numbers for nutrients analysis.(using a 2cc scoop will weight 1gram of soil)
        but as peat based media are shrinking one scoop will not hold the same amount of soil over the course of time,so the conversion factor for the analysis will fluctuate a bit ?
        Also it seems that the conversion factor from lbs per acre to mg per kg is based on the assumption that 2cc of soil wheight 2grams wich is not the case for peat based media
        I know that in north carolina they have a lot of peat in their soils so they don’t use volumes because they found it to be more consistent as their soils range anywhere from 0.3 to 0.8 g per cc.
        or maybe am i totally wrong

        • Jon Frank says:


          I agree with you that a lighter density soil has less nutrients. The soil test that scoops by volume will reflect the reduced nutrients more accurately. One of the reasons I am very comfortable with our test scooping is that we have analyzed many potting mixes with light growing media. I made fertility recommendations for minerals, soil amendments, and fertilizers. The plants raised in the amended media grew superior plants with high nutrient density. If the soil test was all messed up this would not have happened.


          • orel says:

            good point 😉
            As i read a lot of universities papers about the weight/volume “problem” all those conversion factors are mind crushing
            i have a last question for you (sorry if i’m a bit annoying)
            when you get the results from icp in mg/l and convert it in lbs/a for the report ,is it a straight conversion with 1 Acre over 1 inch being 606900 liters (no conversion factor) meaning that if i know my bulk density i can make the factorised conversion to mg/kg ?
            thanx again

  10. orel says:

    *1acre over 6 inches

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