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Swansea, MA
Chicklady909
Oct 28, 2017 6:23 AM CST
I purchased some Azomite for my raised and perennial beds. Am wondering if I should add it now and let it get into the soil now or wait until spring?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 28, 2017 11:48 AM CST
Is there a problem you are trying to retify? This stuff is good for the trace minerals, if your soil is lacking trace minerals. It is not possible to grind a power fine enough for it to be absorbed directly through cell walls. But, if you add it now, the trace minerals will have a chance to dissolve into your soil. Don't breath it (wear a dust mask) and don't add too much or your yard will start resembling the middle of Utah. Smiling

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Swansea, MA
Chicklady909
Oct 28, 2017 1:05 PM CST
Thanks Daisy,
Moved into the property last year. Soil is very sandy and rocky. We’re close to where the glaciers petered out. I want the most nutritious veggies so this would be a good addition. Appreciate the mention of the mask. I had read that but of course, forgot.

Carol
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 28, 2017 2:35 PM CST
Hi Carol,

If you have sandy and rocky, dig in LOTS of humus, compost and garden soil. The Azomite will help but you are missing the organic part.
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Swansea, MA
Chicklady909
Oct 28, 2017 2:58 PM CST
Oh, I already put in cow manure and shredded leaf compost last year. I’ll add it again but wanted to get in the minerals. I also vermicompost.

Thanks, again!
C
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 28, 2017 4:13 PM CST
Carol, if I may add my 2cents worth, it says in the expanded description of the Azomite:
"As long as AZOMITE® is in the root zone, the plant will benefit. Most farmers apply AZOMITE® directly to the soil at planting. Water will ensure that the roots are able to reach the trace elements."

This means that at least a portion of the trace elements you're adding are water soluble. If you add it now, the soluble elements will be gone by the time you plant in spring, washed through by whatever winter rain and snow you get. I would wait and add it at planting time in the spring.
Elaine

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 28, 2017 4:24 PM CST
Thank you Elaine - I didn't read ALL the small print. It sounds like spring would be better.

Edited to add: Carol, your organic additives are good but I think you will find you will still have to add some garden soil or compost. I live in an area with soil that is gravel and rocks. I add lots of organic matter, compost, rice hulls and garden soil - anything I can find, along with the leaf mold and manure. So far, it seems to me you are adding a lot of fertilizer. Something also needs to hold moisture and nutrients.
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Swansea, MA
Chicklady909
Oct 28, 2017 9:14 PM CST
Thanks to both Daisy and Elaine,

Taking this new information to my plots. I’ll definitely add the Azomite in the spring to the planting holes and get some soil. I also put in some coconut coir last year and I’ll repeat the next.

C

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