Greenhouse

All-natural rock dust delivers a multitude of benefits, chief among them is helping plants boost their resistance to disease and predators. But not all rock dust is alike. Ground volcanic basalt, which is high in silicon, is particularly effective at helping plants defend themselves. The Benefits of Silicon (Si) A key component of cell walls, silicon helps improve…

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Cherry Trees

Until a few years ago, Northwest orchard farmers weren’t even talking about little cherry disease. Yet according to a recent NPR report, this agricultural foe is responsible for the destruction of cherry trees across Washington and Oregon. The disease does what its name suggests: it causes stunted fruit growth resulting in small, unripe cherries with…

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Slug Management

Slugs have always thrived in the cool, damp weather of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Yet in recent years, slugs have been eating their way through wider swaths of valuable crops. It’s a problem that continues to get worse—and one that can’t be solved with chemicals. (Even chemicals seem to lose their effectiveness rather quickly, as slugs…

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Oh, weeds…how we love to hate them! Admittedly, their resilience is impressive. We smother them, douse them in vinegar, lop off their heads, and torch them with flames. Sounds like something straight out of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones,’ doesn’t it? One might argue that aggressive tactics are the only way to deal with these sneaky…

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A customer in California recently wrote to tell us how applying all-natural rock dust made of volcanic basalt to his rose bushes helped keep away pesky aphids: “I’ve normally had to spray my roses for aphids at least once by this time of the year. The only thing different this year is that I used Cascade…

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One of the key ingredients in Cascade Minerals’ Remineralizing Soil Booster is silicon, a plant nutrient that is often overlooked yet which plays a very important role in plant health and vitality. Listen as agronomist Rich Affeldt discusses how silicon added to soil helps make plants more resistant to pests and disease: An essential component…

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Silicon

A naturally occurring mineral and the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust, silicon is everywhere. The problem is, only a small fraction in our agricultural soils is soluble and plant-ready. In a previous blog post, we discussed the many benefits of silicon to soil health and human health. Here we discuss its role…

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