"Dateline May 2018": Are you referring to an episode/segment of the show Dateline?
How to best supply broad spectrum micronutrients I guess depends on your gardening style/goals. My goal is to provide the best habitat for as many organisms as possible and to have some produce in the process...
I count myself as lucky, because I've found the best way to provide all nutrients, including the micros is already satisfied by my number one goal, which is to provide habitat, i.e. heavy mulching for various animal/insect species, which not only use the mulch as shelter, but also as a food source and that processes all the nutrients I (my plants) require. And by mulching I mean using everything, not just leaves or woodchips, but all that and more; this creates a healthy biome, as opposed to a monoculture-type environment, like in the case of using just one type of woodchip for example.
However, there's another way I've been reading about lately and that's a type of gardening where you plant what's referred to as Nutrient Accumulators. And as it happens to be, a lot of good nutrient accumulators are "weeds" and one of my favorite "weed"/nutrient accumulator is poke weed. https://www.tenthacrefarm.com/2014/08/5-weeds-you-want-in-your-garden/
I use what is readily available and cheap. liquid kelp, liquid seaweed, and liquid humate is what I use but there may be other things out there that I can't get. I haven't tried it yet but there is a product called Magic Sand. It is supposed to be the equivalent of green sand. About 20 years ago I incorporated a LOT of green sand into my garden. It's supposed to last forever but I don't have proof one way or the other. As far as pathogens are concerned I haven't had a virus or unmanageable bacteria in a lot of years. I do get early blight every year but have learned how to control it until harvest. But, having said that, my part of Texas has a Looong growing season but a Very short tomato setting season. Most everything else no problems at all. Except for 4 legged varmints that is. They have just topped my first planting of sweet corn. Time to get out the rifle I guess.Haha -no I just did that for a date stamp on my content list.
I seem to be stepping off the bio train in the sense that with all that wonderous activity also comes pathogen pressure which in my hot and humid environment can really run a person ragged. I am not using pure chemicals, but note that in hydro that whole issue is a big fat moot point. I believe @Chuck uses kelp pretty religiously and seems to think it makes a big difference. I spent some time rototilling in some products like thymol (promax thyme oil) and have actinovate and mycostop and seranade on standby for the fight to come. But in the mix of purifying that old used soil of mine, I noticed i have less earthworms this year, which means they have less to eat, which means less bacteria and bio, so I want to be prepared as possible for rebalancing the bio if need be.
Any particular products that you favor that I might find down my way?3 ways. Amend the soil and sidedress plants with things that add micronutrients like gypsum, shrimp meal & kelp meal. I liquid feed some plants every week or 2 with a full spectrum of nutrients. Lastly, I foliar spray micronutrients weekly with a blend of like 12 ingredients. If I had to choose the most economic and effective method it would probably be foliar.
I buy a product called Extreme Blend from Kelp4less as it’s economical and it makes up my base nutrients. It’s kelp, fulvic, humic, and amino acids rated at 12-0-6. I add 1/4 tsp dry powder per foliar gallon with a little yucca, aspirin, and sometimes a Foxfarm NPK fertilizer too. You could also buy these ingredients individually from anywhere and make your own foliar solution for probably a similar price.Any particular products that you favor that I might find down my way?
And if we’re getting technical what’s silicone considered? Because I amend with that too using a flowable 65% silicone dioxide. I get it from Kelp4less but there are many other good sources online.
I can also vouch for Dr. Earth liquid fertilizers, all kinds. Some of those are organic and I try to get them on sale a few times a year for maybe $5 for a 32 oz bottle. I use it at 1/2 or 1/4 strength. Many of them have blackstrap molasses, humic acid, yucca, aloe, fish emulsion, kelp, and other beneficial additives.
For dry organic/natural I usually use Dr Earth or Down to Earth. Down to Earth makes blends like Acid Mix and Biolive which have things in them like calcium, magnesium, beneficial fungi/bacteria, and sulfur, among other things.
You can find some amazing quality ingredients with micros from a variety of good sellers on EBay and Amazon. I buy when I see deals on EBay, Walmart, Costo, my local co-op, or Amazon. I personally overdo it and amend the soil and the plant from a variety of sources.
It helps plants put on thicker, more dense growth, and aids with heat, drought, and cold tolerance. There is a decent amount of online research backing it up. Supposedly over time silicone becomes depleted like anything else but you’ll see the most benefit in raised beds or soilless mediums. You can get it in dry amendments too with things like perlite and zeolite.What is your thinking on silicone dioxide? Is it a soil texture helper?
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