ROCK DUST & COMBOS
“By combining sensible doses of variably-sourced mineral-elements, (both land & sea, in proper ratios), your soil be enriched with an optimum blend of mineralizing bio-boosters. Provide a super-charged element banquet for microbes to feast on, and they will respond by powering your soil’s entire web-of-life cycle in a positive and healthy manner!”
John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ and Josh from the Boogie Brew Company battle head to head on which is the better soil ammendment: Compost Tea or Rock Dust. In this entertaining and informative episode you will discover some of the pros and cons of both rock dust as well as compost tea and learn which one you should use to grow your organic vegetable garden or farm.
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Rock Dust Local has spent nearly 25 years evaluating and working with rock dusts from all over North America. After this length of time they have determined that the best rock dust for soil remineralization are Basalts and Metamorphic and Sedimentary types because of the rich diversity of minerals contained in these volcanic geologic materials.
They even created an acronym for their definition of BEST: “Broad Elemental Spectrum Tectonic”. Broad Elemental Spectrum refers to the rock dust having a broad spectrum of desired minerals for soil remineralization. C.B.D. Minerals is one the ideal basalts for this purpose because of this analysis(C.B.D Minerals Analysis…). Tectonic ultimately refers to earth shaping forces. All of these are required to make the best rock dust.
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C.B.D. Minerals – California Basalt Deposit (Vintage Stone Flour) 50lbs
Application Rates: The following are suggested minimum application rates.
- Trees & Shrubs: 1 cup per 1 inch of trunk diameter. Till minerals into soil if possible and water thoroughly.
- Vegetable Gardens & Flowers: Use 10 lbs per 100 square feet and till in at the time of planting. Use 5 lbs of Minerals per 100 square feet as a top dressing during the growing season. Lightly rake in and water thoroughly.
- Lawns: Top dress 10 lbs per 200 square feet lawn. Use 5 lbs per 200 square feet of lawn after aeration. Apply using a lawn spreader. Water in thoroughly after application.
- Container Plants: Use 1 cup per cubic foot of potting soil. For surface applications use 1 tsp per every inch of pot diameter then light stir into the top of the soil and water thoroughly.
- Compost: Mix 2 cups per cubic foot.
WHAT IS REMINERALIZATION?
Remineralization is the utilization of natural broad elemental spectrum rock dust materials for the purpose of renewing the mineral content of soils and other growing media.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES IN GRADATIONS?
Gradation means the size and distribution of the particles in the sieve analysis. We refer to three basic gradations in common terms. More technical specifications can be applied to these common terms as well. The “grits-to-dust” is typically any rock dust with a course fraction in the particle size. The largest particle for our purposes can be passing through a 1/4″ screen with the dust included or it can be finer, i.e., 1/8″-0 and finer still. The premium BrixBlend gradation is typically 10 mesh (2mm) to dust with about 50% of this passing 200 mesh screen. The 200 mesh and passing is referred to as the Microfine gradation and the Stone Flours. 200 mesh is .0029″ (.074mm), i.e., dust. There can be some small variations within these materials depending on the source and the way the materials are produced. Generally the Microfines will be the finest, the Stone Flours may contain a slightly larger particle, more like flour than pure dust. A Silt gradation is typically a very fine sand with a high fraction of stone flour mixed together. This is generally a damp material derived from pond dredging or dewatered slurries.
HOW MUCH ROCK DUST DO I USE?
For direct to ground top dressing of hay land, lawn or turf; 2 – 5 tons/acre of a 50% micronized material can be utilized (100% passing 2 mm screen and 50%+ passing 200 mesh screen such as the Pioneer Valley Basalt “BrixBlend”) That converts to 10 – 25 lbs/ 100 square feet.
For maintaining foundation fertility after initial remineralization; Very low rate foliar applications or fertigation of 5-25 lbs/acre of the highly micronized gradations will provide nutrient and energy loads once or more times per season. 1 – 2 tons/acre can be used as a top dressing or incorporated during tillage every 1 to 3 years depending on production and crop rotation. That converts to 5 – 10 lbs./100 square feet. Seven year rotation cycles can also be integrated with rock dust applications over fallowed ground.
We strongly recommend the use of aqueous solutions of micronized minerals and inoculants for foliar, fertigation and drenching during the growing season.
ROCK BOX PLUS: TEA, MYCORHIZZAE & ROCK-DUST COMBI-PACK
Combine 85%-90% terra-formed elements, (volcanic/clay/glacial etc.) with approximately 10-15% seawater minerals, for a dynamic duo of mineral success: Apply liberal quantities of both fast and slow-release rock-dusts, (eg: Elemite/Azomite plus C.B.D. Minerals), directly to soil and around the base of your plants, with small doses of SEA-90, (just a one-time SPRINKLE, or ‘thimble/thumb-full’). You can also use SEA-90, (sparingly!), at one teaspoon per gallon in water or compost-tea solution; apply this way as a beneficial soil-drench just once per month.
AZOMITE SLOW-RELEASE 44LBS
AZOMITE® is a highly mineralized complex silica ore (Hydrated Sodium Calcium Aluminosilicate or HSCAS), mined in Utah from an ancient deposit left by an volcanic eruption that filled a small nearby seabed an estimated 30 million years ago. AZOMITE® is used as a naturally rich soil re-mineralizer for plants, as well as a feed ingredient for animals. In a typical chemical assay, AZOMITE® contains more than 70 trace minerals which include many rare earth elements (lanthanides). Many of these elements have been depleted from soils worldwide.
AZOMITE® is mined from an ancient volcanic ash deposit in central Utah, USA. Scientists believe that the unique chemical make-up of AZOMITE® was created when an ancient volcano erupted and the ash settled into a seabed. The combination of seawater, fed by hundreds of rivers rich in minerals, and the rare and abundant minerals present in volcanic ash created the AZOMITE® mineral composition unique to its deposit.
WILL AZOMITE® WORK ON ANY SOIL?
If a soil has a very high or very low pH, many of the trace elements may become unavailable to the plant. AZOMITE® has created positive results in a variety of soils all over the world. The pH of AZOMITE® is 8.0; however adding AZOMITE® does not seem to raise the pH. A pH of less than 7 is considered acidic. If the pH becomes too acidic, the availability of the soil’s aluminum and manganese can become toxic to plants. If the pH is too high (alkaline), the phosphorus and many trace elements are bound by the complex mineral interactions and are not available to the plant. Calcium is critical in maintaining a moderate pH (6.0 to 7.5) and is present in AZOMITE® at about 3.67%.
WHAT TYPES OF PLANTS IS AZOMITE® EFFECTIVE ON?
AZOMITE® tests have reported positive results in many plant species including: wine grapes, table grapes, sugarcane, potatoes, rice, watermelon, tomatoes, melons, cantaloupes, onion, garlic, papaya, lemons, oranges, cocoa, coffee, mango, oaks, pines, peaches, chilies, berries, eggplant, tobacco, ornamentals, wheat, corn and many others. AZOMITE® is uniquely capable of nourishing most plant life as it provides the trace elements that the native soil is often lacking.
CASCADE GRANULATED MINERALS 44LBS
Cascade Minerals Remineralizing Soil Booster is listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic production in accordance with the USDA National Organic Program Rule and Canadian Organic Standards.
Cascade Minerals Remineralizing Soil Booster releases essential minerals and trace elements that plants and humans need to flourish. It is the ideal product for organic farming, orchards, vineyards, golf courses, indoor gardens and more.
Cascade Minerals Remineralizing Soil Booster is not a fertilizer or synthetic chemical and contains only naturally occurring minerals and trace elements. A granulated, true Volcanic Basalt fertilizer and soil amendment!
HOW IS CASCADE MINERALS REMINERALIZING SOIL BOOSTER DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SOIL REMINERALIZERS?
Comparing the chemical analysis of Cascade Minerals against other products is like comparing apples to oranges, because our product contains higher ratios of certain elements (and vice versa). Yet, when it comes down to plant health and vigor, Cascade Minerals clearly stands above most other brands. For example, our coarse particle size is more beneficial in soils and potting mixes than the extremely fine particles in other products. In addition, the difference in sources makes a tremendous difference in results. Our Remineralizing Soil Booster is made of 100% all-natural, finely milled volcanic basalt whereas some other products are derived from montmorilonite clay.
WILL CASCADE MINERALS WORK ON ANY SOIL?
The pH is about 7.9. That may seem high, but basalt has a limited effect on pH in the soil. Most rock minerals are neutral when they dissolve because for the most part they do not take away hydrogen ions (H+). A well-known example of this is gypsum (CaSO4), an amendment which does not modify soil pH. The main exception among rock minerals of course is limestone (CaCO3); as it dissolves it steals 2 H+ ions from the soil to form Ca++, H2O, and CO2. When basalt dissolves in the soil it releases Ca, Mg, Fe, Mn, and several other ions that interact with exchange sites in the soil. Some of the silicon that held those ions is also dissolved and will attract H+ ions, but not to the extent that occurs with limestone.
Calcium carbonate equivalent (CCE) is a measure of liming potential on a scale from 0 to 100. Typical agricultural grade lime has a CCE of about 90. Cascade Minerals Remineralizing Soil Booster has a CCE of about 9, so our basalt is not much of a liming material.
On a different note, basalt is an excellent source of iron in high pH soils. Several university studies have shown that the iron in basalt is better at alleviating iron chlorosis in plants than the synthetic chelated iron products. Keep in mind that Cascade Minerals Remineralizing Soil Booster is a naturally mined mineral, so it’s 100% Organic. Furthermore, the silicon that hydrolyzes to produce that pH 7.9 in lab tests is a good thing because it’s an indication of plant available silicon (silicic acid). Available silicon in Cascade Minerals Remineralizing Soil Booster is one of the key features that makes it so beneficial for plants regardless of the pH of your soils.
WASATCH MINERALS ELEMITE w/ BONUS: 2lbs Boogie Brew Tea, 2lbs Sea-90, plus N95 Respirator Mask –
NOTE: The Elemite product now ships separately, (drop-shipped), and will arrive in a separate box via USPS Priority Mail.
Elemite is an ultra-soluble, super-fine mineral powder from 100% Volcanic rock-ash. PLEASE APPLY CAREFULLY AND ALWAYS USE THE INCLUDED N-95 PARTICULATE-MASK: Although Elemite consists of healthy, colloidally-charged minerals which generally pose positive health effects for humans, (it actually makes a great clay/beauty mask!), the particles are of such a finely micronized & soluble consistency, that we strongly suggest the use of a proper respirator when handling Elemite in large quantities and particularly when working directly with it in your garden. No matter how benign and healthy a rock-dust’s elements may be, responsible farmers should always take steps to avoid the concentrated inhalation of ultra-fine particles. Therefore, in the interest of promoting safe gardening, Boogie provides a free N-95 Particulate-Respirator with each Elemite order: Please remember to use it!
SHIPPING IS INCLUDED IN THE BELOW PRICE!
A full 2lbs BB Tea, 2lbs Sea-90, plus N95 Respirator Mask, are all included!
COMBO-DEAL: Buy C.B.D. Minerals and Elemite together for only $99
Elemite now ships separately, (drop-shipped from Southern California), and will arrive in a separate box via USPS Priority Mail.