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Basalt

The gold standard of rock dust for remineralization. Basalt is an all purpose paramagnetic rock dust perfect for direct to ground applications in gardens, raised beds, orchards, lawns, ornamentals, soil or soil-less mixes and composting. Use this rock dust to promote nutrient dense fruits and vegetables. For the "Enhanced Weathering" effect for carbon and nitrogen capture, assimilation and chelation of mineral complexes for plant nutrient uptake in the root zone and for promoting good tilth. A perfect blend of particle size optimizes the function of the rock dust in the soil matrix.

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Remineralization

One of the keys to restoring the health of our soils is through the process of remineralization. As proficient as plants are, they can’t make the minerals that are essential to human health and nutrition. The modern day solution is to add mineral fragments back to the soil with rock dust. Also known as rock minerals, rock flour, rock powder, stone dust, soil remineralizer and mineral fines, rock dust is finely crushed rock containing micronutrients and trace elements that are important to the life cycle of plants and which enhance the ability of beneficial microbes to flourish. Simply stated, rock minerals are the building blocks of healthy soil.

Results include improved plant structure, increased resistance to pests and disease, and more intense flavor profiles for fruits and vegetables. Although some retailers classify rock dust as a fertilizer, it does not have the necessary amounts of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus (N-P-K) to qualify as such. Instead, rock dust contains minerals like calcium and trace elements like iron and manganese which are difficult to replace once they’ve been depleted from the soil as a result of natural weathering and/or over-farming.

Healthy soil is derived from a marvelously complex interaction between soil biology and geology. As decomposing rock material reacts with soil microorganisms and plant material, the rock material releases elements like calcium, magnesium and iron. Remineralization with rock dust is a low-cost, high-impact way to aid in the regeneration of soil by closely mimicking natural geological and biological interactions. The result is optimal and sustainable plant growth that leads to healthier people and a healthier planet.

Benefits

  • Provides slow, natural release of elements and trace minerals.
  • Increases the nutrient intake of plants.
  • Increases yields and gives higher brix reading.
  • Rebalances soil ph. and builds humus complex.
  • Increases earthworm activity and the growth of microorganisms.
  • Prevents soil erosion.
  • Increases the storage capacity of the soil.
  • Increases resistance to insects, disease, frost, and drought.
  • Produces more nutritious crops, enhances flavor in crops.
  • Decreases dependence on fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.

What is special about using basalt?

Basalt is an example of a type of geologic material that naturally contains rich sediments that can be suitable sources for rock dust remineralization. Geologic materials have a long history as sources of fertilizer for growing crops. The best rock dusts provide a diversity of nutritive materials derived from natural minerals, freshly crushed and blended, in a gradation of fine particle sizes distributed widely in a growing media.

Why should I use basalt?

Remineralizing soils is the first step to remineralizing living things, whether they be microflora in soils, animals or human beings. Soil remineralization is a method of encouraging a natural, resilient and self regulating growing environment that promotes long term sustainable fertility. Remineralization is a foundational practice to help grow nutrient dense food using the broad elemental spectrum that rock dusts contains. Naturally distributing dozens of macro and micro nutrients delivered in mineral form, the use of basalt helps build soil biology and regulate the uptake of essential nutrients in plants.

When should I see improvements after using basalt?

Overall improvement in plant vigor should follow the assimilation of minerals in the rock dust. Annual soil testing should show improvements in both available nutrients and overall nutrient density in soils. Brix refractometer readings should improve, indicating higher sugar and mineral content in plant sap. Higher sugar and mineral content will improve disease and insect resistance as well as drought and frost resistance.  

Is all rock dust alike?

Not quite, igneous rocks like basalt and granite have the highest mineral content, with basalt providing a greater balance of nutrients for optimal plant health and vitality. Created through the cooling and solidification of magma and lava, basalt is the rock material that makes up most of the soils around the world. It continues to deliver a steady flow of nutrients over time, even as it decomposes. Basalt’s slow-release benefits make it an effective way to minimize deficiencies, particularly with fast-growing crops that experience periods of rapid nutrient uptake and fruit trees.

How do I use basalt?

Vegetable Gardens & Flower Beds: For optimum results follow these guidelines:

Use between 5-50 lbs./ 100 sq. ft. in tillage, 5-25 lbs./ 100 sq. ft. top dressing. Fortifying compost use 20-25 lbs./ cu. yd. of biomass raw material. For potting mixes use up to 5% by volume.         

Trees & Shrubs: For mature bushes and trees use about 5 lbs.  per year around each bush, more for mature trees.

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1 cup  ≈ 8 oz.  

Vegetable Gardens & Flower Beds: For optimum results follow these guidelines: Use between 5-50 lbs./ 100 sq. ft. in tillage,5-25 lbs./ 100 sq. ft. top dressing. Fortifying compost use 20-25 lbs./ cu. yd. of biomass raw material. For potting mixes use up to 5% by volume.         

Trees & Shrubs: For mature bushes and trees use about 5 lbs.  per year around each bush, more for mature trees.

Basalt

Basalt

The gold standard of rock dust for remineralization. Basalt is an all purpose paramagnetic rock dust perfect for direct to ground applications in gardens, raised beds, orchards, lawns, ornamentals, soil or soil-less mixes and composting. Use this rock dust to promote nutrient dense fruits and vegetables. For the "Enhanced Weathering" effect for carbon and nitrogen capture, assimilation and chelation of mineral complexes for plant nutrient uptake in the root zone and for promoting good tilth. A perfect blend of particle size optimizes the function of the rock dust in the soil matrix.

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Remineralization

One of the keys to restoring the health of our soils is through the process of remineralization. As proficient as plants are, they can’t make the minerals that are essential to human health and nutrition. The modern day solution is to add mineral fragments back to the soil with rock dust. Also known as rock minerals, rock flour, rock powder, stone dust, soil remineralizer and mineral fines, rock dust is finely crushed rock containing micronutrients and trace elements that are important to the life cycle of plants and which enhance the ability of beneficial microbes to flourish. Simply stated, rock minerals are the building blocks of healthy soil.

Results include improved plant structure, increased resistance to pests and disease, and more intense flavor profiles for fruits and vegetables. Although some retailers classify rock dust as a fertilizer, it does not have the necessary amounts of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus (N-P-K) to qualify as such. Instead, rock dust contains minerals like calcium and trace elements like iron and manganese which are difficult to replace once they’ve been depleted from the soil as a result of natural weathering and/or over-farming.

Healthy soil is derived from a marvelously complex interaction between soil biology and geology. As decomposing rock material reacts with soil microorganisms and plant material, the rock material releases elements like calcium, magnesium and iron. Remineralization with rock dust is a low-cost, high-impact way to aid in the regeneration of soil by closely mimicking natural geological and biological interactions. The result is optimal and sustainable plant growth that leads to healthier people and a healthier planet.

Benefits

  • Provides slow, natural release of elements and trace minerals.
  • Increases the nutrient intake of plants.
  • Increases yields and gives higher brix reading.
  • Rebalances soil ph. and builds humus complex.
  • Increases earthworm activity and the growth of microorganisms.
  • Prevents soil erosion.
  • Increases the storage capacity of the soil.
  • Increases resistance to insects, disease, frost, and drought.
  • Produces more nutritious crops, enhances flavor in crops.
  • Decreases dependence on fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.

Common Questions

What is special about using basalt?

Basalt is an example of a type of geologic material that naturally contains rich sediments that can be suitable sources for rock dust remineralization. Geologic materials have a long history as sources of fertilizer for growing crops. The best rock dusts provide a diversity of nutritive materials derived from natural minerals, freshly crushed and blended, in a gradation of fine particle sizes distributed widely in a growing media.

Why should I use basalt?

Remineralizing soils is the first step to remineralizing living things, whether they be microflora in soils, animals or human beings. Soil remineralization is a method of encouraging a natural, resilient and self regulating growing environment that promotes long term sustainable fertility. Remineralization is a foundational practice to help grow nutrient dense food using the broad elemental spectrum that rock dusts contains. Naturally distributing dozens of macro and micro nutrients delivered in mineral form, the use of basalt helps build soil biology and regulate the uptake of essential nutrients in plants.

When should I see improvements after using basalt?

Overall improvement in plant vigor should follow the assimilation of minerals in the rock dust. Annual soil testing should show improvements in both available nutrients and overall nutrient density in soils. Brix refractometer readings should improve, indicating higher sugar and mineral content in plant sap. Higher sugar and mineral content will improve disease and insect resistance as well as drought and frost resistance.  

Is all rock dust alike?

Not quite, igneous rocks like basalt and granite have the highest mineral content, with basalt providing a greater balance of nutrients for optimal plant health and vitality. Created through the cooling and solidification of magma and lava, basalt is the rock material that makes up most of the soils around the world. It continues to deliver a steady flow of nutrients over time, even as it decomposes. Basalt’s slow-release benefits make it an effective way to minimize deficiencies, particularly with fast-growing crops that experience periods of rapid nutrient uptake and fruit trees.

How do I use basalt?

Vegetable Gardens & Flower Beds: For optimum results follow these guidelines:

Use between 5-50 lbs./ 100 sq. ft. in tillage, 5-25 lbs./ 100 sq. ft. top dressing. Fortifying compost use 20-25 lbs./ cu. yd. of biomass raw material. For potting mixes use up to 5% by volume.         

Trees & Shrubs: For mature bushes and trees use about 5 lbs.  per year around each bush, more for mature trees.