Powdered Stone (rock dust) - Panacea for the Soil
To add powdered stone to any soil to make it more fertile is actually not a "new" concept. A clash of interest all round and this really good idea got almost forgotten. But it's not necessary to point fingers or to determine who is right or wrong, it's only necessary to try it out onesself. And with the overall benefit we see using powdered stone, we can tell our friends and get yet another "green" ball rolling.
- A bit of history
- Where can we get powdered stone?
- What exactly do I need to do to help "my" piece of land?
- Is there powdered stone in any form to directly improve "my" health?
- How to convert stone into healthy bread
- We have to DO it ourselves!
A bit of history
About 12.000 years ago, the end of the ice age actually provided billions of tons of powdered stone or stone meal when glaciers moved and powdered masses of rocks to finally distribute this powder all over the world with the melting water and the winds. Today, this life giving stone meal is mostly used up by our plants and trees everywhere and has been replaced by artificial fertilisers that contributed even more to erosion and impoverishing the soil. Extensive areas with dying trees or "young tree decline" might not just be caused by chemicals or acid rains, the cause of the dilemma mother earth and therefore we too are in is actually simply a natural depletion of the soil over millenia. Shall we wait until a new ice age will remedy the situation or shall we rather "help" nature and add the missing elements NOW?
Where can we get powdered stone?
For very small scale use one can actually simply take a hammer and bash the stone until it's powdery (put on safety googles!). If you have a garden or piece of land where you want to remineralise the soil, have a word with the people in a nearby quarry. They don't have much use for that powder and might let you shovel away to fill some buckets or bags. You can't overdose, so take as much stone powder or stone meal as you can get! If you are a farmer, you might want to invest in a hammer mill, maybe even share it with a farmer friend or community.
Sometimes it is not that simple though. We used to live in Kent (the garden of England) and not even the tiniest stone could be found anywhere, except in garden centers (for a price!). In such a case you might have no other option than to have the stones shipped in from a place where there are stones in abundance.
What exactly do I need to do to help "my" piece of land?
Of course we want to add biomass and well composted manure of anykind (yes, even well composted humanure!) to our soil, we also add cut up medicinal herbs or wild herbs and even powdered stones and maybe even powdered crystals. And don't forget to add some earthworms! All this still it will not give us an IMMEDIATE result. But year after year, we need to put in less and less to achieve healthy produce with all their vitamin and mineral content. As opposed to adding chemical fertilisers which give you beautiful plants, but empty food calories. And you have to add more and more of this fertiliser every year - at a very high price for nature and YOUR purse.
Is there powdered stone in any form to directly improve "my" health?
In this day and age it might be advisable to take some supplement that's healthy and makes sense. Because no matter how healthy our food intake is, whether we are "raw fooders" or any other "fooders", if the plants and animals don't get the nourishement necessary for healthy growth, then plants, animals and humans will not be able to ingest the full range of nutrients with the effect of becoming weak, degenerated and sick.
Most countries have their "traditional" healing earth in health food shops for sale. In England it's called "Fuller's Earth", in Germany simply "Heilerde" (=healing earth), in Spain "Arcilla" and in America it is sold under the name "AZOMITE". Added to any diet it will only do good, no immediate euphoric miracle energy powder, no, just a long term solution for powerful health until old age.
How to convert stone into healthy bread
Whether you are a farmer or you just have a small allotment or garden or even just want to put a seed in a flower pot (for educational purposes or to "save" seeds) to grow a healthy grain in, great! Everybody can do it!
Most wheat nowadays is genetically engineered, so whatever other logic this doing has, it certainly has diminished the natural content of vitamins and minerals. Add those seeds into already depleted soil and add the chemicals of your choice and finally mill the rest of the goodness out of it and wonder why we eat and eat our bread, but can't maintain a healthy body with it!
Try a test patch using "spelt". This is the "old" grain for humans and tastes so nice! It is not genetically ingeneered and will produce year after year a good crop from the seeds of last year. You can buy some spelt grain from a healthfood shop and plant it singly, i.e. with a distance of about 15 cm to each other, earth each plant up (like you would do with potatoes) and having prepared the soil as above you will harvest up to 40 ears of each plant. Another advantage of spelt is that it has it's nutrients distributed evenly throughout the grain. So even IF you were to mill it to white flour, you still get all the goodness from the grain.
We have to DO it ourselves!
To try to "change others" will fail. Always. We can only change the world, our world first, on a personal level. Politicians have only one mantra: "We need his/her vote". Their livelihood depends on it and for that they are prepared to do anything. So if politicians see that there are a lot of people "demanding" healthier soil, then they WILL put this into their manifest and later even do something to fulfill their political promise. Politicians can "sniff out" trends fast and accurately, but such a trend can only start if YOU change first.
And here's an interesting video about the subject:
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