A few months ago, we shared the story and photos of a replanting event that took place at Portland’s Peninsula Park Rose Garden. Hundreds of volunteers replanted 3,000 roses in anticipation of the garden’s upcoming centennial celebration. Cascade Minerals was honored to help by donating nearly 2,000 pounds of our all-natural volcanic soil amendment to…

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Compost Pile

Whether you are new to composting or consider yourself a master composter, you may not have considered the benefits of adding volcanic rock dust to your compost pile. Ground up rock material doesn’t usually appear on lists of compostable materials such as “greens” (e.g., grass clippings, hedge trimmings) and “browns” (e.g., fall leaves, wood chips)….

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It’s encouraging to see more and more people becoming interested in eating healthy, nutritious food that they grow themselves. Because good food begins with good soil, the time that you spend conditioning the soil in your garden now will pay off with plenty of delicious and healthy produce in the months ahead. We can’t all…

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Whether you tend a vegetable garden, grow prize-winning blooms or cultivate containers, great soil is the place to start. As the saying goes, “For every dollar spent, 90-cents should be for the soil—and 10-cents for the plant!” Mike Darcy, host of KXL-FM’s “In the Garden” which airs Saturday mornings in Portland, Oregon, invited Cascade Minerals’…

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Tomatoes

The month of May has arrived here in Oregon with beautiful, sunny weather. Needless to say, gardeners are itching to get their tomato plants into the ground. (Including all of us here at Cascade Minerals. After all, our company mascot is “Mr. Tomato!”) Do we go for it? Should we wait? These are the questions…

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Soil

The key to growing healthy, disease-resistant plants is to begin with healthy soil. How can you tell if your soil is balanced? Healthy soil… Looks, smells, and feels alive Is soft, moist, and crumbly Is darker in color Is easy to dig into Has a sweet and earthy aroma Is home to worms and other…

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