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As in many other parts of the country, the Pacific Northwest is experiencing a summer of intense heat and little precipitation—and it’s only mid-season. Flower gardens and vegetable plots everywhere are wilting under the sun, as are the people who tend them. Understandably, plenty of backyard gardeners are dismayed at the prospect of having to…

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When it comes to online gardening tips, a certain amount of skepticism is healthy. For example, according to one popular gardening site, when soil nutrients become depleted, “that’s where fertilizer comes in.” The site doesn’t provide any additional information or advice so the next logical question is, “What is fertilizer, anyway?” Fertilizer is any substance…

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Rock Dust

If you are aiming for optimal and sustainable plant growth that results in more nutritious foods and a healthier planet, look no further than rock dust. Also known as rock minerals, rock flour, rock powder, stone dust, soil remineralizer and mineral fines, rock dust is finely crushed rock containing micronutrients and trace elements that are…

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A healthy garden is a happy garden—and a bountiful one. Here are a few straightforward strategies to help you make the most of the space that you have. Plant in raised beds In a raised bed, you don’t have to worry about walking paths. With more room to garden, you can plant more vegetables closer…

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Playing Field

We teach people how to improve the health of the soil by using all-natural volcanic rock dust to grow delicious, nutritious and mineral-rich food. One of our most important audiences is kids. In the past, we’ve written about nutrition education and childhood obesity, as well as the link between school recess and healthier eating. In…

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Happy Cat

As the weather warms up, family activities move outdoors—including those that involve our beloved four-legged pets. At the same time, popping up on grassy areas everywhere are those bright yellow signs that say “Caution! Pesticide Application. Stay Off Grass for 24 Hours.” Unfortunately, pesticides and fertilizers can be present on lawns and in parks for…

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“How much should I use?” is probably the most frequently asked question that we receive from first-time users of volcanic rock dust. Naturally, most people are concerned about any potential dangers associated with overuse. We cannot speak for other brands, but we can give you some practical advice for using Cascade Minerals Remineralizing Soil Booster…

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We recently received this testimonial from Nick Haldeman, an organic cranberry farmer in Ilwaco, Washington who has been using our all-natural volcanic rock dust on his crops: “Ours is only the second cranberry farm in the state to transition to organic. As part of that process, I ran a small-scale study using Cascade Minerals Remineralizing…

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Kids Gardening

Of all the surprising statistics in “Fed Up,” a movie that shines a harsh light on childhood obesity in the United States, one really stands out: Up to 80% of public schools have some sort of contractual arrangement with a provider of fast food, from Coke and Pepsi to McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut and…

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It’s no secret: Our soils are in trouble. A group of prominent soil scientists laid out the facts in a recent paper published in Science. The article also highlights the ramifications for food production and human security. Erosion, nutrient depletion, urbanization and climate change—all contribute to the declining productivity of our earth’s soils, nearly 40%…

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