What contains potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and iron and contributes to the growth of stronger and healthier plants and increased yields?
The answer is volcanic basalt.
The proof is in the brix.
Brix levels are often used to describe the nutrient density of fruits or vegetables as a measure of their sugar levels. In actuality, brix levels measure more than just sugar—they measure sugars, proteins, amino acids, essential oils, minerals and other dissolved solids. Gardeners can measure brix levels using a refractometer, a relatively cheap and effective piece of equipment that works like a prism to measure sugar content in liquid.
More important, brix levels provide valuable insight into the health of our soil. Soil that is rich in essential minerals and trace elements grows vibrant plants that produce great-tasting, nutrient-dense food. Plants with higher brix levels are also better able to resist insects and fight disease than plants that are stressed.
Unfortunately, many of our soils around the world are seriously depleted. The consequence is that while the food in supermarkets looks good, it doesn’t taste very good—a sure-fire sign that it is nutritionally deficient.
The solution is to balance the minerals in the soil through the process of remineralization. One of the easiest ways to amend the soil organically and grow crops with high brix levels is to apply all-natural crushed volcanic basalt to the soil. Research dating back to the 1930s shows that volcanic basalt improves root systems, increases yields and promotes general plant health in a wide variety of crops and conditions—including those in indoor growing situations, where mineral deficiency can be an issue.
The slow-release benefits of crushed volcanic basalt make it an effective way to minimize deficiencies, particularly with fast-growing crop plants that experience periods of rapid nutrient uptake. You’ll see the difference in better-tasting, more nutritious fruits and vegetables that weigh more than fruits and vegetables of equal size but with lower brix levels.
Healthier plants also produce more fragrant flowers with bigger blossoms and greater concentrations of essential oils.