If you’re already into organic gardening, you may have heard people talk about using Azomite, and how it is not only great for soil, but for crops too. So…what is it exactly?
Down To Earth AZOMITE, the “A to Z Of Minerals Including Trace Elements,” is a natural trace mineral product formed from the dust of an ancient volcano in central Utah. AZOMITE can improve plant and root system growth, crop yields, quality and flavors as well as re-mineralize nutrient depleted soils. The powder grade is ideal for blending with other fertilizer materials or amendments as a trace mineral resource to help meet plant nutritional needs. It can be applied directly to the soil, or in combination with composts, fertilizers, manures or soil inoculants.
When the soil has been depleted of its trace elements, which can happen either through erosion and pesticide use or from each crop cycle removing minerals from the soil, crops become deficient. This cycle has been happening through cultivation over many decades. Plants will survive and complete their life cycle lacking the full range of minerals, but won’t produce at full potential or optimum disease resistance. Most fertilizer programs only replace Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium, ignoring the more complex structure and biology of the soil. There is a growing movement to remineralize the soil, and Azomite is just one amendment that can be used for this cause. Remineralizing creates a more fertile soil by returning minerals to the soil.
What are some of the benefits of remineralizing?
– increases the nutrient intake of plants, meaning we consume more nutrient-rich foods.
– encourages the growth of microorganisms in the soil and promote earthworm health
– re-balances the pH of the soil
– increases yields
– increases resistance to insects, disease, frost, and drought
Azomite is available in either powdered or granulated form. It’s nearly odorless, and can be used in any soil. Our powdered Azomite is OMRI listed for use in organic production and farming. We carry granulated Azomite in 6, and 50 lb. sizes, and powdered Azomite in 1, 6, and 50 lbs.