The secret to Supercharged Vegetables.

The traditional way to improve your vegetable patch is to add lots of organic matter, but soil is a complex substance that requires a new viewpoint.

My father who has been growing veg organically since I was little, is always looking for ways to improve the quality of his soil, and hence the vegetables, a few years ago came across soil remineralisation. It’s basically a way to supercharge your soil, and something which I’m giving a go.

Soil is comprised basically of three elements, organic matter, ground up rock, and a living element. All of these factors need to be considered to get the best from your soil, so we can add bulk organic matter, compost and well rotted manure to boost the organic element.

Some of the most fertile soils are on volcanic islands, this is due to the mineral rich rocks below, so a source of gound down volcanic rocks is a great additive to our soil, it will boost the mineral content and microbial activity, and therefore the health of the vegetables grown in the soil. Rock dust is now widely available www.seercentre.org.uk/.

Then the living element needs consideration, the microbes in soil really are the key, a healthy living community of organisms breaks the minerals down into a form that is easily accesible to the plants, if you give these little fellas a nice home then you’ll end up with even more, so Biochar (basically charcoal) added to the soil will boost the microbes in the soil, and will stop minerals leaching out of the soil, so next time you have a bonfire, save some of the charcoal and spread it onto your veg patch or compost heap.

Get all of the three elements right in your soil, and you’ll grow wonderfully nutritious vegetable like my dad does.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Marcus, I’ve never thought to add rock dust to my soil. I’ll definitely look into it as I want to grow some spectacular veg next summer.

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    • Thanks for your comment, it certainly works for my dad, and i’m hoping it will to my veg, as making sure the soil has as high a mineral content as possible makes the plants stronger and the bits we eat more packed with goodness.
      Cheers
      Marcus

      Reply

  2. Great post, cant wait to start up a veggie patch in my new flat!

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  3. What an interesting idea, John makes his own charcoal for the grill and all the little leftover bits are sprinkled into new gardens.. c

    Reply

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