Soil amendments for your organic vegetable garden! Amendments make your foundation, good soil, better. If you don’t have healthy, rich soil alive with good microbes, bacteria and organic materials you’re not going to have much of a harvest. I have a list of my favorites that I’ve used with success. You won’t need them all! I always recommend starting with the ones that you can get for free or nearly free first. Then consider testing your soil with a kit or using and seeing what additives would benefit you the most.
Soil Amendments: Azomite – Azomite (pronounced ā-zō-mite) stands for A to Z Of Minerals Including Trace Elements. This fine powder is going to give your soil mineral power. Slow releasing, Azomite will give your soil back the minerals that have been depleted over time. Minerals in your soil means minerals in your veggies, which means minerals in YOU! For more information about Azomite as soil amendments see Azomite.com.
Soil Amendments: Blood Meal – Blood meal is a dry power made from the blood of animals. It is a wonderful general fertilizer but it is especially great at adding nitrogen to soil. Blood meal will make your Brassica crops (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale) extremely happy and will boost nitrogen for your onions and garlic as well. I do recommend using blood meal from an organic source.
Soil Amendments: Bone Meal – Bone meal is a powder made from the grinding down of bones. This amendment adds phosphorous to your soil which helps your vegetable garden’s seed and root growth. It can be mixed into soil an overall improvement or just as the vegetables (and fruits) are beginning to bloom. When soil lacks phosphorous you’ll notice that plants grow and mature more slowly than expected. For more detailed information see Bone Meal in Your Vegetable Garden…