If you are like me, you’re always looking to boost the nutrients in your soil to better support the life of your plants. Instead of dumping pre-mixed fertilizers into my vegetable gardens, I like to look for more natural soil additives instead. If I’m going to be eating the plants, I need to know what they were nourished with! These 7 soil additives will make you feel better about what you’re putting into your bodies, and into those of your plants!
Magnesium ( a main ingredient found in Epsom Salts) helps aid plants during seed germination. Magnesium is said to help strengthen the cell walls.
If the edges of your plant’s leaves are beginning to brown and yellow around the edges it could be due to a lack of Potassium. Wood Ashes provide a necessary amount of potassium to soil!
Greensand fertilizer is known for it’s extremely high levels of iron, potassium, and magnesium. Check out this guide from Gardening Know How that explains to a tee how this additive should be used!
Black Rock Phosphate
Be sure to test soil levels before adding a Black Rock Phosphate. This guide from Garden Myths will explain how to test for a defeciency, and what you should do about it!
Nitrogen is one of the much-desired minerals that plants thrive on. If your plant needs a more acidic soil, adding a bit of Soybean Meal will add that much needed acid boost.
Not only will Gypsum add a much needed calcium boost to soil, but also it works to improve quality of soil drainage! See how here.
I know what you’re thinking: not that stinky stuff in Yellowstone! Sulfur can be used to make soil more acidic. Learn how to lower PH levels in soil here.