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Complete information on garden soil minerals, nutrients, trace minerals, fertilizers and amendments for all gardens, farms, lawns, orchards and greenhouses. Our focus is on perfect health and nutrition for soils, plants, people and animals through the science of remineralizing and balancing soil elements. Products for sale: We sell a full line of organic approved soil minerals, trace element minerals, fertilizers and fertilizer ingredients and supply laboratory soil testing, consulting, and prescription soil fertility advice for Organic, Biodynamic, and Sustainable Gardens, Lawns, Landscapes, Greenhouses and Sustainable Agriculture Farms.
Soil Mineral Prescriptions
20 May 2018
The Errors of Regenerative Agriculture
Error 1: Increasing the amount of carbon and carbonaceous organic matter does not and will not increase the mineral fertility of a soil.
Error 2: It is impossible to increase stable organic matter or sequester carbon, in the soil without increasing the soil's reserves of phosphorus, sulfur, and certain trace elements. If any needed elements are deficient or absent, additional organic matter added will simply decompose and return to the atmosphere as CO2 and NH3, ammonia.
Let's take these one at a time. What makes a soil fertile? Mineral nutrients, not carbon content. Higher plants require at least seventeen mineral elements to complete their life cycle, to grow and reproduce and form viable seed for the next generation. The higher animals and humans need at least twenty-two essential minerals, and possibly fifty or more.
The proven essential minerals for plants:
The macronutrients: nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), sulfur (S), magnesium (Mg), carbon (C), oxygen(O), hydrogen (H)
The micronutrients (or trace minerals): iron (Fe), boron (B), chlorine (Cl), manganese (Mn), zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), molybdenum (Mo), nickel (Ni)
In the absence of any one of these essential minerals the growth and reproduction cycle will fail. The failure may not be as obvious as a fruit tree not blooming or forming fruit. A plum or peach tree may bloom and form loads of beautiful, sweet fruit, but the stone or pit of the fruit will be empty or contain a shriveled infertile embryo that cannot grow. I'm sure many readers have seen this, a plum or peach with an empty, hollow seed. That is caused by the lack of sufficient manganese, either because there is little or no manganese in the soil, or because the plant was unable to absorb and utilize manganese due to a deficiency of another essential mineral such as iron.
Of these seventeen known essential elements, four come primarily from the atmosphere: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. These elements form carbohydrates such as sugars and starches, hydrocarbons such as oils and waxes, and amino acids and proteins where nitrogen is involved. If the soil is downwind from a coal-fired power plant or a volcano, the plants may be able to obtain sulfur from the atmosphere, so potentially five elements can be sourced from the air; the other twelve must come from the mineral reserves of the soil.
Do soils have an unlimited supply of these other essential elements? Of course not, no more than a gold or copper mine has an unlimited amount of gold or copper. The planet has thousands of abandoned gold and copper mines that simply ran out of ore. We also have thousands of abandoned farms that simply ran out of essential mineral nutrients. In addition, many soils never did contain sufficient quantities, or any amount, of some of the essential minerals. When the prairies of northern Florida were first used for grazing cattle, the cattle did very poorly, and often wasted away and died. It turned out that the soil of these prairies was lacking in cobalt, necessary for bacteria in the cattle's digestive tract to synthesize vitamin B12. Notice that cobalt, Co, is not on the above list of essential elements for plants, but it is necessary for a bacteria that produces a vitamin needed for the growth and reproduction of higher animals.
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Soil Mineral Prescriptions
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The difference between rich, fertile soil and poor, infertile soil is essentially this: the mineral composition of the soil. The flavor and nutrition in fruit, grains, and vegetables are based on the soil minerals available, not the amount or type of organic matter. If a needed mineral is missing, it is just that, missing, and no amount of organic matter will make up for it. No amount or combination of the air elements Carbon, Oxygen, and Hydrogen will add Zinc to your soil, and all plants and animals need Zinc. Plants also need Copper and Iron and Manganese, Calcium and Magnesium and Phosphorus, and at least seven other essential minerals (animals need at least fourteen more), and they need them in an available and balanced form. Rotting organic matter may release growth stimulants like Nitrogen and Potassium, but the other minerals are what create sweetness and flavor and nutrition in food. Without these other minerals you may achieve high production, but you will not achieve the highest quality.
We are Organic, Biodynamic, Biologique, and Sustainable gardeners, and we strongly support the idea of a living, energetic, biologically active soil. We have learned that the absolute best cannot be achieved without a full complement of minerals available and in balance. Welcome to SoilMinerals.com!
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