Have just read 'Natural Farming and Land Care' by Pat Coleby who farmed in Australia from 1959. She studied mineral deficiencies, which are widespread there, either natural or man-made, and cured many crop and livestock ailments and pest problems by adding minerals to feeds or top dressing.

Maynard Murrays 'Sea Energy' documents his trials feeding and applying seawater or solids from evaporated seawater resulting in a range of improvements from yield and weight gain, flavour enhancement, reduction in pests and parasites to prevention of cancers. This is 'free' fertiliser with a balanced and complete mineral content and apparently in this form the salt doesnt harm the land or the plants.

So Ive dressed with gypsum, which adds calcium and sulphur and breaks up clay, dolomite which adds calcium and magnesium, lime to counteract the acidity of the coffee grounds and compost, and blood and bone to supply nitrogen and speed up decomposition. Will add more seaweed this week.

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Comment by Suburban Micro Food Forest on September 24, 2013 at 11:14am

Thanks Laine - Ill check the library for a copy.

Comment by Laine on September 19, 2013 at 1:11pm

Hey there. Another book you might be interested in along these lines is one on Biological Agriculture and its relation to nutrient dense food and pest/disease resistance - http://www.amazon.com/The-Biological-Farmer-Sustainable-Profitable/... He has a newer book I have not read - Advancing Biological Farming: Practicing Mineralized, Balanced Agriculture to Improve Soils & Crops


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