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  • From: Lawrence London <>
  • To:, mailing list at ibiblio - Northamerican Allied Fruit Experimenters <>, Lawrence London <>
  • Subject: Re: [nafex] fertilzing
  • Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 12:13:57 -0400

On Fri, May 15, 2015 at 1:13 PM, Jay Cutts <> wrote:

> I'm not quite sure how fertilizing works. I have a suspicion and wonder if
> anyone can confirm or contribute. We're in a location with very poor soil,
> in fact mostly sand with few nutrients. It's been common for some to
> plants to put on less than an inch of growth during a season. Last spring I
> added both manure and organic corn gluten fertilizer to trees, scratching
> the fertilizer into the top of the soil. By the end of the season, most of
> the trees had still put on very little growth, maybe 1-3". Frustrated, I
> upped the fertilization this spring by putting cottonseed meal fertilizer
> into holes punched in the ground to get more to the tree roots.

Remineralize your garden and orchard soils. In addition to amendments
available from Fertrell such as greensand, rock and colloidal phosphate,
azomite, high calcium lime, aragonite and others, rock dust from local
quarries is cheap and very effective. The technical term for quarry rock
dust is siltation pond fines and grit varies from 200 mesh to
fine powder in an aggregate that partially dissolves in water (why do the
Hunzas live so long, minerals from rock powders in the mountain streams
they drink from). Quarries usually give this away and truckers
(single/tandem/tri axle dump trucks) can be hired to haul this material to
your property. Import a hundred tons of this miraculous amendment,
spread it with a tractor or loader and till or cultivate into the top soil
layers. If you have grasses and clovers nearby or downhill you will see
impressive growth in them. There are many types of rock quarried for
sonstruction use and most can be used agriculturally. Some of them are
granite, others pyrophyllite, others volcanic tuff or basalt. Often they
will have useful levels of potash. It can be used with compost to make a
great seed starting mix. If you have problem clay or sand this directly
addresses permeability, water retention,
tilth and fertility issues you may have. Remineralize the Earth!

Here is a great website to browse on this subject among many other
excellent ones. I have a collection of discussion threads on this subject
in URL's I can provide.
Gardening for Maximum Nutrition

Lawrence F. London
Ello: @ecoponderosa <>

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