About Soil Remineralization

Soil Remineralizing is the reintroduction of minerals in the form of rock dusts, crushed oyster shells, bone or alfalfa meal and other naturally occurring materials specifically to replace lost minerals in your soil. This allows plants access to the full range of nutrients they need to be healthy. When a soil has a high level and broad range of nutrients we say it is highly mineralized. Remineralizing is about building a soil that is beyond NPK. Plants need far more than nitrogen phosphorus and potassium; they need calcium, magnesium, zinc, boron, copper, and iron just like we do to be healthy and fruit or flower to their full potential.
We need minerals to be healthy and so do plants. Plants can make many vitamins and enzymes but not minerals. Minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, and boron that we need to be healthy are absorbed from the soil. While artificial or synthetic fertilizers make plants grow and are cheap they lack even the essential nutrients needed for health for human health, animal health, soil health, plant health. Minerals that have been lost from leaching or over-farming can only be replaced by amendments such as rock dust, crushed shells and seaweed.
Compost adds many things to your soil like nitrogen, carbon, phosphorus and potassium, depending on your compost ingredients. Compost significantly improves soil structure, helping to make your soil open and “crumbly”. Compost helps soil retain moisture, open spaces for oxygen and encourages microbial life. However, as most of us use discarded plant material for composting, minerals are not part of your compost. Plants and humans need minerals like zinc, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium and phosphorous as at least 7 other essential minerals in an available and balanced form to be healthy. Plants take minerals from the soil but as minerals only come from inorganic materials, largely rocks, they can only be put back into the soil by humans adding them in the form of rock dusts and other materials.
You can. Most of these minerals are generally available in garden centers. However, it is the balance of minerals that is important and because these ingredients can be potent even in small amounts, you need to know how much is too much. Too much of a soil amendment can be toxic, to your plants, to the soil life, to your watershed. These amendments are often sold in quantities too large for the average backyard gardener. They are generally very slow release materials and so it may be some years before you need to use more. Remember a typical application for a 400 square foot garden is only eight pounds of minerals. Some of these materials only require you to use a teaspoon
We all have done it. If a little is good then more must be better. In my local store the smallest amount of the mineral sulphur I can buy is a five pound bag. Depending upon your soil test results you might need a teaspoon amount added to your prescription blend. A teaspoon may be what your 400 square foot garden needs. More than a teaspoon and you can toxify your soil. A pound of sulphur could toxify an acre size of gardening space.
Plants are natural grazers. Soil remineralizing allows compost to work efficiently to its full potential and the microbes to flourish. If you add biochar to the mix, an easy, slow release is created, keeping minerals, nutrients and elements in the soil much longer, such as like years or decades, ready for when the plant wants them.
Because plants take up minerals from the soil and they are not replenished in any way other than by us putting them back in, any soil can and should be tested for deficiencies and remineralized. A combination of compost, minerals and ideally biochar, any soil can be re-nourished to be the best soil for health, plant health, animal health, human health, planet health.
Depending on your soil sample test results, we provide a unique, per-order combination of minerals and nutrients specific to your test results, returned to you which is applied as per included instructions. These applications are available for lawns, vegetable gardens, flower gardens, orchards, vineyards and most any crop fields.
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Introduction to Reminerializaton

Applications and Applying

Soil remineralization can improve the vigour and health of all plants, whether you are growing vegetables, flowers, pasture, wine grapes, apples or oranges. You can add your mineral mix to your beds before planting in the spring or as a side-dressing, working it into the soil along the sides of the plants, throughout the growing season, or as a foliar spray.

Label on Bag

You use the whole bag in your usual spring or fall digging. We give you just the amount you need to make a significant difference in your garden this year.

A nutrient dense vegetable or fruit is one that has been grown with an abundance and balanced supply of nutrients that they need. Plants and humans need a broad range of vitamins and minerals to be healthy. The flavor and nutrition in fruit, grains, and vegetables are based on the soil minerals available.

Conventional or pre-mixed fertilizers generally supply only the basic nutrition for basic plant growth; not the breadth of nutrients needed for a plant to produce fruit and vegetables with the full range of nutrients they are capable of producing and we humans need to consume for health.
We are concerned about growing nutrient-dense food because even “healthy” food like spinach or the good ole potato are not as nutritious as they used to be, and that is all because of the soil they are grown in. A single serving of spinach in the 1970’s held 150 mg of iron. Today that same single serving of spinach provides us with 5 mg of iron! In that same 40 years a potato has lost 100% of Vitamin A, 57% of Vit C & Iron, 28% calcium, 50% riboflavin, and 18% thiamin.
This is due to the serious depletion of minerals from agricultural soils. In the last 100 years soils have lost 85% of their mineral content.

(Source:)
British Food Journal (1997, vol 99, no. 6, pp 207-211) Anne-Marie Mayer

Microbes are the bacteria, fungi, … that generally cannot be seen without a microscope. They play an important role in breaking down materials so that they are available to plants. They rework the structure of soils, opening spaces for oxygen and moisture retention. Some microbes have very close relationships with plant roots actually aiding plants to take up and hold nutrients.

soil-microbes gorgeous

Thankfully yes. Microbes are like desert flower seeds that lay dormant in your soil ready to burst into action when conditions are right. Microbes flourish particularly when the right soil mineral balance is achieved.

So, is it true then that farmers on the large produce farms could rejuvenate their soils, bring back the flavors, nutrients and colors in the fruits and vegetables that we are getting in our grocery store just by remineralizing?

Yes, and it is inexpensive, easy and reduces waste and cost in comparison to conventional methods.

Most likely you will need to apply your remineralization mix in the spring and perhaps in the fall. You may need take soil tests and add remixes according to your results for a few years as your soil improves and changes. However, in just a short time; a few years, your soil will need very little input to keep it healthy and productive for many many years to come.

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How to Apply Soil Ammendments

Ordering Questions

  • Step One – Click here to purchase your years worth of gardening advice and prescription amendment from us. After we receive your order we will contact you to find out specifics about your garden and advise accordingly.
  • Step Two – Start by taking a soil sample from your lawn, or garden. SoilSampleInstructionsClick Here for Print Instructions on How to Collect a Soil Sample for garden, lawn, or flower bed, print instructions.
  • Step Three – Mail us your sample so that we may complete a broad spectrum analysis of your soil.
  • Step Four – We will mail you your prescribed amendment to your door. This amendment mixture is all that your garden will need for fertilizer for the growing season. Typically we mail you one application to be put on in the spring and one to be put on in the fall.
  • Step Five – Work your prescribed amendment into your soil. Click here for print instructions
Please place your soil sample in a clean sealed bag, write your full name on the bag and mail it to:

Canadian Customers

My Best Garden Ever
3510 6th Avenue North
Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 5C3
Canada

US Customers

My Best Garden Ever
620 North Main Street
P.O. Box 326
Lakeview, OH 43331
United States

The ingredients in the Prescription Remineralization Amendment is a blend of many different all natural materials such as Glacial Rock Dust, gypsum, iron sulphate, manganese sulphate, zinc sulphate, copper sulphate, crushed oyster or shrimp or crab shell, kelp, bone or blood or soybean meal.

As our population increases we will need to grow food and trees in places we have never done before. Even though modern science has progressed we are still losing our soils at an incredibly alarming rate. Soil study shows: insert facts on soil erosion.

Using minerals to fertile your soil in the way nature has is good for the good for the planet. Soils that have been remineralized use less water, drought resistant, disease resistant and are healthy for humans as well as our planet.

Once received it takes about two weeks to process the tests and for us to analysis those results and formalize the optimal prescription mineral mix that will optimize your soils health. Once we have sent your prescription remineralizing formula you will receive a confirmation email with a tracking number for your product. For a 400 square foot garden it’s usually about 8 lbs of amendment so not a lot.
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Taking A Soil Sample Instructions