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Old 03-27-2014, 02:33 PM
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Lava Rock

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Originally Posted by Aaron View Post
Rock dust seems to be the #1 most effective soil remineralization ingredient.
This link has a lot of resources for this particular concept:
The Survival of Civilization by John Hamaker & Donald Weaver

Also, sea minerals seem to be a runner up to the rock dust concept such as:
SeaAgri

The downfall I see using the sea sourced minerals is that is will too easily wash away if you want to apply it for long term use. The rock dust if applied in amounts of 10 tons per acre at a cost of material (transport not included) is about $8 to $80 for 10 tons and that will stay in the soil for 10-20 years...imagine applying once and not needing to add any fertilizer or anything to the soil for 10-20 years!


I have been using lava rock in my herbs for the last few years. Lava is readily available at many garden centers. I fill a plastic container with water and the rocks, shake them hard and pour out the pink mineral filled water. You can do this over and over with the same rocks. You can also put a few in your flower pots and let the rain wash it in. That is all the fertilizer used on my plants.

Had been thinking about rock dust in the past. Since a neighbor and friend owns a concrete plant it should be easy enough for me to get them for our farm. Thanks for reminding me.

EDIT [I find that the sea solids can be applied to soil and is good for at least 5 years]. Much more expensive per ton, but less needed per acreage.

The soil micro organisms are protein based and consume necessary minerals and trace minerals for proper enzyme function. Without these minerals, the soil becomes lifeless and any food grown is very "empty."

Any discussion on these concepts is welcome and appreciated.
I have been using lava rock in my herbs for the last few years. Lava is readily available at many garden centers. I fill a plastic container with water and the rocks, shake them hard and pour out the pink mineral filled water. You can do this over and over with the same rocks. You can also put a few in your flower pots and let the rain wash it in. That is all the fertilizer used on my plants.

Had been thinking about rock dust in the past. Since a neighbor and friend owns a concrete plant it should be easy enough for me to get them for our farm. Thanks for reminding me.
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