After reading Lynn's High Performance Gardening, I'm thinking I really need to focus more on minerals because, as I learned, compost alone isn't going to provide all of them. Now I'm wondering about the best way to supplement my garden soil. Is there a specific balance of minerals I should be aiming for? Do I need to get a bunch of individual minerals, or is there a balanced mineral product I can add as needed?
Maybe do do a soil test first, if you haven’t, to see what your current mineral content is. Also observe your plants to see if it looks like that are missing any particular mineral— e.g blossom-end rot for lack of available calcium.
Weeds are just plants with enough surplus will to live to withstand normal levels of gardening!--Alexandra Petri
As for the rest, compost and add anything and everything organic, and let the soil life and plants sort it out. This may upset the scientists, but I will put my faith in nature’s infinite wisdom, and humbly accept all results.
- can get both of these at lowes or home depot -
- If using to fertilize acid loving plants like blueberry and potato make a special mix with no lime
1/3 cup potassium sulfate
- Lowes or Home Depot may have this, if not, get it online -
One more thing about Azomite. The native folks would travel hundreds of miles way back when to get this stuff to use on skin problems. Smearing a mud of this and some water on almost any skin problems does amazing things.
there's a lot of info out there on clay therapy and drawing clay if you want to take a deeper dive on this.
For liquid and dry fertilizer Sea 90 will do it big time.
I agree with you that minerals are very important. While I have heard very respected people telling me that almost all soil has everything the plant needs, it is just not available... I still tend to add some. I tend towards adding lots stuff and letting the plants grab what they need. For instance, I often add seaweed that I gathered from the beach, to my compost. I buy in chicken feed, and put the manure/bedding onto the compost pile. These are going to raise the mineral content of my compost, which then gets spread on the garden.
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