ROCKDUST COMPOST SOIL MINERALES
Recycle your food scraps and yard clippings
Reduce the amount of landfills by composting your food and yard clippings in order to reduce the carbon imprint on the planet.
Given the immediate and growing threats of climate change, desertification, and increased food insecurity, Remineralize the Earth, through soil remineralization, is helping to create better soils, better food, and a better planet. Through our research, education, advocacy, partnerships, and implementation we are: Regenerating soils and forests around the world Increasing the nutritional quality and yield of food production Stabilizing the climate.
Compost is the basis for good healthy soil. Compost is the result of broken down and decayed plant matter. While the breaking down of organic material does happen naturally in the garden, it most likely does not happen on a time scale needed to sustain the demands of our modern ornamental and productive gardens. When we ‘clean up’ the garden we are removing organic material. We must be aware of the amount of organic material being taking out of the garden all the time which isn’t replaced. Every time we mow the lawns, rake up fallen leaves, prune a hedge or pull up weeds we are removing a percentage of organic material. To regenerate the lost material, plants draw on the organic matter from the soil. If this is not replaced it will lead to soil depletion and degradation.So how does compost improve your soil?
Compost acts like a big sponge in garden soil, absorbing and holding onto moisture and nutrients from rain and fertilizers. This is beneficial as it reduces wasteful run off and makes it available to your plants. Compost will improve the structure of your soil. It aerates and lightens heavy clay soils and will give body and substance to sandy soils.
Most plants in the garden fail for 3 main reasons.
1) Not enough water. Even if you pour gallons of water onto your garden each week it may not be penetrating to the root zone of the plants. Compaction, hydrophobia (water repelling particles) and crusting of the surface of the soil will stop water penetrating to the root zone. Adding compost to the soil will help alleviate these issues and draw moisture down to the root zone.
2) Too much water. Heavy clay soils will hold water almost like a bath tub with no plug hole. This will suffocate and drown the plant roots as well as any earth worms and micro fauna which happen to live in the soil. Adding compost will help aerate the soil with its larger particles increasing air pockets in the soil and reducing the occurrence of compaction.
3) It was planted in the wrong position. This is a problem for further discussion in another article.
Adding compost to your soil you can eliminate the biggest problems faced in the garden.
There are many other reasons for plants failing to thrive but most of them come back to the health of the soil.
Compost will improve the micro fauna and flora of the soil which helps feed plants and aids in the production of symbiotic relationships with roots. This means tiny insects and organisms will have more to feed on and their out puts will encourage fungi and bacteria that will aid plant roots to take up moisture and nutrients.
Now “remineralization” of the soil is gaining attention as a necessary step to reintroduce vital minerals and trace elements into our growing medium. Compost is the basis for good healthy soil. Over the years, minerals and trace elements are farmed out of the soil, resulting in less productive crops and less nutritional food
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