There is a common misconception that salt is bad for soil. Historically, didn't conquering armies used to poison their enemies crops by salting their land? The truth about salt and soil is actually a lot more interesting and nuanced. While large amounts of straight sodium chloride (white table salt) would be bad for soil and plant health, measured amounts of complex sea minerals invigorate microbial life and improve the electrical conductivity of your soil! Many decades ago, Dr. Maynard Murray discovered that measured amounts of sea mineral were extremely beneficial to soil health and plant growth.
The ancient sea minerals found at the Redmond, Utah deposit are geologically unique and contain a nature-made blend of electrolytes and trace minerals that you and your soil will love.
What is Redmond Mineralyte?
Redmond knows that nourishment starts from the ground up. Simply put, we are what our food eats. Plants grown in nutrient rich soil pass along those benefits all the way up the food chain. Mineralyte Soil Products are OMRI certified organic soil amendments that improve the fertility of your soil to grow healthier, more productive, and more nutrient dense plants. Mineralyte is made of:
- Redmond sea minerals
- Redmond volcanic conditioner
Let’s look closer and see what Mineralyte’s ingredients can do for your soil quality.
Redmond Sea Minerals
Harvested from our ancient sea deposit in central Utah, Mineralyte contains a full spectrum of electrolytes and trace minerals. These sea minerals boost the electrical conductivity (EC) levels in your soil and invigorate the intricate biological and chemical highway system your plants rely on. This influx of energy creates a chain reaction that leads to increased soil fertility:
- Repopulates soil-based microbe colonies
- Larger microbe population = more organic matter in the soil
- Microbes “unlock” nutrients in the soil as they feed, metabolize, and excrete.
- Without this hive of soil activity, nutrients would remain biologically and chemically locked up in forms that are unavailable to plant roots
- These stimulated bacteria are a critical part of the nitrogen cycle, that transforms atmospheric nitrogen into a form your plants can use
- Learn more about how microbes help the soil nitrogen cycle.
Redmond Volcanic Conditioner
This weathered, volcanic ash is harvested from the Redmond mineral deposit in central Utah, and consequently, is naturally imbued with a rich profile of our ancient sea minerals. Our volcanic conditioner helps increase the cation exchange capacity (CEC) of your soil and creates a storage of nutrients that your plants can exchange and trade for what they need.
Our conditioner particles have a naturally strong negative charge that holds and stores positively charged cations in your soil. Plant roots can then exchange hydrogen cations for the essential nutrients in the soil that it cannot produce for itself.
Humic Acid (Humates)
Humates are rich compounds from fully decomposed organic matter. According to Dr. Robert E. Pettit (Emeritus Associate Professor) of Texas A&M University, humates are essential players in the life and death cycle that moves nutrients through soil, plants, air, and animals:
“The value of humic substances in soil fertility and plant nutrition relates to the many functions these complex organic compounds perform as a part of the life cycle on earth. The life death cycle involves a recycling of the carbon containing structural components of plants and animals through the soil and air and back into the living plant.”
Dr. Pettit expounds on a myriad of humate benefits for your soil, your plants, and plant consumers:
- Improves soil texture
- Stabilizes soil temperatures and protects soil based organisms from extremes
- Stabilizes soil water storage and evaporation rates
- Reduces mineral leaching into deep subsoils (keeps nutrients in the root zone for plants to use)
- Good source of energy for soil-based microorganisms
- Plants are more resilient to stress
- Increases seed germination rates
- Binds to essential trace minerals and store them for plant usage (see CEC above)
- Stores nitrogen where plants can use it and prevents leaching into the subsoil
- Improves root growth
Plant Consumer Benefits:
- Plants produce higher yields
- Nutritional quality and density of plant matter increases
- Reduces the need for NPK fertilizers (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium)
“Continued use of these acidic fertilizers in the absence of adequate humic substances (in the soil) has caused many serious sociological and ecological problems. Man needs to reconsider his approach to fertilization techniques by giving higher priority to soil humus.” -Dr. Robert E. Pettit
How Do I Use Mineralyte Soil Foundation?
Mineraltye is extremely versatile and can be used on gardens, raised beds, pastures, lawns, ornamental grasses, and containers. Once a year, top dress or lightly incorporate directly on the soil. For best results, water after application. We recommend using Mineralyte in the early spring.
Use Mineralyte Foundation for moderate quality soil that needs a boost in microbial activity.
- One 5 pound bag will cover 250 square feet of soil (about 1 cup every 30 square feet).
Use Mineralyte Build with your own homegrown manure or compost.
- One 8 pound bag will cover 640 square feet of soil (about 1 cup every 50 square feet).
Use Mineralyte Grow by itself (it contains its own manure/compost).
- One 8 pound bag will cover 400 square feet of soil (about 1 cup every 30 square feet).
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