Kelp fertilizer helps grow nutrient dense food
I’m going to go beyond basic soil management, such as watering and mulching, to briefly cover what comes after that on the journey to nutrient dense food.
Here are 3 steps you might look into after having already become comfortable with the basics:
There are many nutrients we need to have in the soil in certain amounts, but there is one to focus on first. Dr. Carey Reams was stressing this before I was born and Dr. William Albrecht before my dad was born.
That nutrient is calcium. Without it, most of our other organic gardening chores don’t work. There’s no point in foliar feeding without sufficient calcium in the soil, as calcium-deficient plants have a hard time taking up nutrients.
There’s not much point in cultivating the soil to increase air and decrease weeds, because the compaction and grassy weeds will just come back.
This doesn’t mean you want to add calcium willy-nilly, but it is something to test for and address before anything else.
Proper calcium is needed for the soil to be a nice place to live, for root hairs to grow, for microbes to flourish, for plant cells to communicate, and ultimately to produce nutrient dense food.
When we’re content that we’ve at least done what’s necessary to begin the move towards an appropriate calcium level (at least 2000 pounds per acre on a Reams test), we can look at improving the soil food web, the biology of the soil.
That means bringing microbes and insects into the vegetable garden with high-quality compost, which you may want to start producing yourself (commercially-produced composts can occasionally be good, but often aren’t).
Then you can get into the world of microbial inoculants in order to bring microorganisms right onto your plant leaves.
And then of course it’s time to go back to those basics in order to care for your new biology – proper watering, proper mulching, etc. – as the basics are still important.
This soil food web does most of the work in our organic gardens. These organisms allow us to produce nutrient dense food, which is why I babble on about them all the time.
Foliar Fertilizing For Nutrient Dense Food
Once we have the calcium moving in the right direction, and the biology ready for action, we can supply that biology with nutrients through organic fertilizing directly to plant leaves.
That means spraying a mixture of water and something like sea minerals or liquid kelp, and perhaps some other stuff.
This method is very efficient, for plants and for your wallet. It helps us get all those vital micronutrients like selenium and iodine into our organic vegetables and fruits so we can be healthy.
Of course our roses and magnolias like micronutrients, too.
Well, now I’ve gone and got myself all excited to get out in the organic vegetable garden! I’m feeling the hairs stand on the back of my neck at the idea of continuing my journey towards nutrient density in this new garden I started last year.
By the way, while all of this stuff takes a bit of knowledge and practice and the results don’t come over night, they will come if you stick with it.
So, are you with me on this quest for nutrient dense foods? What are you going to do this year to make that goal a reality? I’d love it if you’d let me know below.