Use AZOMITE trace minerals for better crops & soil
Most gardeners know that your crops need different amounts of N-P-K, but what about important micro-nutrients? Trace minerals are something that most gardeners don’t think about. Trace minerals are incredibly important to building great soil & healthier crops. I always add AZOMITE to my garden and I notice a yield & plant vigor difference.
This post will talk about why AZOMITE is great for your garden soil
Did you know that mineral soil depletion has become a global problem?
Fruits and veggies are becoming less nutritious. When we strip the soil of its minerals and don’t put them back, our soil becomes depleted.
This means our crops are less able to withstand disease and pests. The crops themselves also have less nutrition to offer.
Agriculture, both crops and livestock, depletes soils of mineral nutrients, because of the removal of nutrients contained in the produce sold. Since the 1950’s the increase in farm productivity and efficiency has not always resulted in a corresponding increase in the replenishment of mineral nutrients to the soils through commercially available means. This is because many growers in the US do not have sufficient management expertise to account for or replace all plant nutrient elements removed.
from Scientific American ‘Dirt Poor: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious?’
A Kushi Institute analysis of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent. A similar study of British nutrient data from 1930 to 1980, published in the British Food Journal,found that in 20 vegetables the average calcium content had declined 19 percent; iron 22 percent; and potassium 14 percent. Yet another study concluded that one would have to eat eight oranges today to derive the same amount of Vitamin A as our grandparents would have gotten from one.
Rock minerals—the building blocks of healthy soil
What is AZOMITE?
AZOMITE is an acronym for the “A to Z of minerals including trace elements”. An estimated 30 million years ago, a volcanic eruption filled a nearby seabed. The unique combination of seawater, fed by rivers rich in minerals and rare earth elements present in the volcanic ash created the composition known as the AZOMITE mineral deposit. AZOMITE is a natural product mined from an ancient mineral deposit in Utah (USA). It typically contains a broad spectrum of over 70 minerals and trace elements, distinct from any mineral deposit in the world. AZOMITE is used internationally as a feed additive and a soil re-mineralizer for plants. It’s available in over thirty countries throughout the world.
AZOMITE trace minerals have been reported to:
- improve root systems.
- general plant vigor in a variety of field crops and garden vegetables
Available for a variety of applications, AZOMITE can be used to re-mineralize nutrient-depleted soils. It’s OMRI Listed for certified organic production.
Trace Minerals in Azomite
AZOMITE Ore Certificate of Typical Analysis
ICP and Spark Source Mass Spectrometry
ppm unless shown as %
|Aluminum 6.57%||Hafnium 0.62||Ruthenium 0.01|
|Antimony 0.16||Holmium 0.60||Samarium 4.98|
|Arsenic 1.10||Hydrogen 0.38%||Scandium 1.16|
|Barium 0.14%||Indium 0.02||Selenium 0.29|
|Beryllium 0.51||Iodine 2.20||Silicon 30.68%|
|Bismuth 0.30||Iron 1.16%||Silver 0.97|
|Boron 29.00||Lanthanum 21.05||Sodium 1.31%|
|Bromine 6.60||Lead 9.96||Strontium 66.34|
|Cadmium 0.07||Lithium 18.23||Sulfur 0.02|
|Calcium 2.84%||Lutetium 0.30||Tantalum 1.30|
|Carbon 0.61%||Magnesium 0.59%||Tellurium 0.01|
|Cerium 41.27||Manganese 0.01%||Terbium 0.51|
|Cesium 0.88||Mercury 0.02||Thallium 0.16|
|Chlorine 0.22%||Molybdenum 0.23||Thorium 7.51|
|Chromium 3.82||Neodymium 33.61||Thulium 0.28|
|Cobalt 1.54||Nickel 1.66||Tin 0.98|
|Copper 2.85||Niobium 0.18||Titanium 0.14%|
|Dysprosium 2.95||Nitrogen 0.15%||Tungsten 0.30|
|Erbium 1.73||Palladium 0.01||Uranium 0.58|
|Europium 1.03||Phosphorus 0.02%||Vanadium 14.12|
|Fluorine 900.00||Potassium 4.19%||Ytterbium 1.86|
|Gadolinium 3.60||Praseodymium 10.31||Yttrium 6.23|
|Gallium 3.01||Rhenium 0.01||Zinc 12.71|
|Germanium 0.09||Rhodium 0.00||Zirconium 24.68|
|Gold <0.2||Rubidium 24.41||Loss on incineration 8.06%|
Guaranteed Minimum Analysis
How to Build Better Organic Garden Soil
I’ve talked about the importance of microorganisms in creating fantastic garden soil before, but there’s a lot to learn about building up soil nutrients (I’m constantly learning). If you really want to understand better organic soil building check out Steve Solomon and Erica Reinheimer book: The Intelligent Gardener; Growing Nutrient-Dense Food . He also has these great free worksheets.