[permaculture] azomite

gil carandang gil_carandang at hotmail.com
Mon Mar 11 18:23:47 EDT 2013


our experience on rock dust show better assimilation is when we treat/process it with beneficial indigenous microorganisms. it makes the materials easily bio available.gil carandang

> Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:15:46 -0700
> From: lochhoffman at yahoo.com
> To: permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [permaculture] azomite
> 
> I have been using azomite for the past few years. I can't say I have seen much results except with beans. While I used to get one good picking and one weak one; I now typically pick my green beans four or five times. So I just use the stuff under the beans. It also seems to help with bean beetles presumably by making the plants stronger.
> 
> 
> ________________________________
>  From: Linda <linda_shewan at yahoo.com.au>
> To: 'permaculture' <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org> 
> Sent: Monday, March 11, 2013 12:30 AM
> Subject: Re: [permaculture] Rock Dust
>  
> My indirect experience tells me you need to use rock dust for a few years
> before you get clear results.
> 
> I will cautiously endorse a product called Rok Solid from New Zealand. 
> 
> My father is a small scale beef farmer. He was a standard superphosphate
> farmer, but pretty easy on the land - individual thistles hand herbicided
> but the rest of the land left to grow all manner of weeds along with the
> usual rye and clover... 
> 
> 6 years ago he started using Rok Solid instead as an experiment - he nearly
> gave up after a couple of years as he felt the growth was poor and he
> worried he was destroying his farm, but he persevered since he is really
> retired and only has a small acreage now. After about 4 years he became
> satisfied that it really was working and is now, at 6 years, very happy with
> the results. The agent selling it has told him that the experience of others
> is showing that year 7 is the big one, where there is a huge increase in
> productivity. We shall see. But regardless of that it is performing very
> well and he thinks better than the super - in that his land (peat on clay -
> wildly varying depth of peat 0 - 20 feet at least) is producing well and
> staying greener longer without rain.
> 
> It wasn't clear to me from the website what the product actually was but
> they emailed me today saying "The product is actually rockdust - ground
> basalt rock which has over 63 minerals and into that we have a 5% blend of
> our fish and kelp which is teeming with microbial life.  Together you have
> full spectrum mineralised Rok Solid with biology that ensures the plant
> availability of the minerals." My father also mentioned he read an article
> that stated they only use basalt with the correct magnetic quality.
> 
> So people considering rock dust may need to give the soil some time to
> really come into production after application. I'm sure the addition of fish
> and kelp is an enormous aid as well.  They have a number of other products
> incl for horticulture etc but I haven't looked into them so can't comment. 
> 
> Cheers, Linda
> 
> 
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