Soil Mineral Balancing

Quotes from The Intelligent Gardener

by Steve Solomon (2012)


pp. 2 & 3:  “ - - - my bottom line:  when a soil is very far away from offering plants an abundance and balanced supply of minerals, if key plant nutrients are nearly missing or way out of proportion, then the food it produces cannot be nutrient-dense.  Period, full stop!

p. 3:  “There is also a biological side to it equally important to plant health and ultimate food quality.  So which is the chicken and which is the egg?  I say soil minerals come first.  If first you bring the [nutrient] minerals into proper balance, then the whole soil ecology, all the microlife – the worms, nematodes, algae, amoeba, fungi, bacteria, both helpful and harmful – all those living things come into healthy balance too.  In my opinion, when it comes to microlife, there is rarely any need to import them [you grow them].”

p. 3: “Micro-organisms that naturally dominate in [mineral] balanced soil work to effectively release plant nutrition that had previously been locked up and unavailable.  They also assist the crop to assimilate that nutrition.”

p. 3:  “But biology will only do its job with extreme effectiveness after you have fed the soil to saturation and brought it into balance [both minerals and organic matter].”

p. 3:  “ - - - [get] behind those who are already convinced that reminerization is the way to go.”

p. 4:  “ - - - remineralization will bring immediate, major, massive improvements.”

p. 12:  “ - - - I must profoundly impress on you that fact that mineral balancing is merely a natural extension of organics, not a disagreement with it.”

p. 53:  “After the soil’s nutrient bank account has been drawn down below a critical level, the soil must be remineralized if productive agriculture is to continue.”

p. 120:  “ - - - targeting a balanced abundance works a lot better in a garden than anything else I know of.  - - - For sure, balance increases nutrient density - - - .”

p. 6:  “The method [presented in The Ideal Soil by Michael Astera] allows the amateur to know – how much of each plant nutrient should ideally be in their soils.  These “ideal” plant nutrient targets are compared to a soil test report that shows the amounts that actually are available to plants [deficiencies or excesses].”

p. 6:  “The [Astera] approach has one other powerful attraction:  When you achieve “the ideal soil”, you should also achieve the highest possible nutrient density in the foods you’re raising.”

pp. 6 & 7:  “I had never before thought that such precise soil balancing needed to be applied to the home garden.  On the [internet] forum, I had complained of “tight” compacted soil despite the addition of lots of organic matter.  Michael suggested I change the type of lime I was using.  I did, and a year later my soil was loose.  At his suggestion, I got a soil test; his analysis [of the soil test report] helped me get results beyond any expectations.”

Conclusion:  Soil mineral balancing is what has been missing in both organic and conventional growing.  It is thus necessary that organic matter additions to soil be augmented with minerals, as advocated by Black Lake Organic, “The Home of Mineral-Augmented Organics”.  See also “Black Lake Organic and the Solomon Story”.

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