Customized soil amendments are being incorporated to overcome soil deficiencies in our farm fields for future garlic production. The following organic amendments are being used:
Bulk Manure Compost: This is the best all-around organic fertilizer and soil building product. Compost is far superior to any other form of organic matter for use in building the soil. Compost is organic matter that is rotted and broken down into an unidentifiable form. Compost contains many nutrients and therefore is a fertilizer. It also contains organic matter, enzymes, vitamins and living organisms to build a healthy soil foodweb. The soil foodweb is the set of organisms that work underground to help plants grow. There are billions of organisms that make up the soil foodweb. These include bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, arthropods and earthworms. Each type of organism plays an important role in keeping the soil healthy for all living things.
Aragonite is calcium carbonate mineral (like limestone) that comes from seashells, such as oyster and mollusks shells. Aragonite has approximately 94-97 percent of the neutralizing value of Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3). The aragonite is composed of a variety of seashells, gathered from the ocean floor. The seashells are pulverized by the ocean’s waves, the debris settles on the ocean floor and then is harvested.
Natrual Soil amendments are single purpose products that address a specific soil problem or are used in blended fertilizers to overcome major soil deficiencies . Phostrell for calcium and phosphate, Green Potash derived from kelp for potash, Sulfate of Potash for potassium and sulfate, Jersey Greensand contains over 30 trace minerals and Feather Meal for nitrogen. Fertrell carries these soil amendments blended in Certifiable Organic Fertilizers.
Limestone is a naturally occurring and abundant sedimentary rock consisting of high levels of calcium and/or magnesium carbonate, and/or dolomite (calcium and magnesium carbonate), along with small amounts of other minerals. It is extracted from quarries and underground mines all over the world. It is locally available (at little or no cost) at Glenn O Hawbaker INC at Turtlepoint, PA and originates from limestone quarries located in Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania. Pulverized Limestone Products are defined as those products which are made by grinding and screening industrial grade limestone and dolomite. These products are used in a variety of applications including: Rock Dust – used to neutralize soil acidity, increase plant nutrients, increase organic matter, increase soil organisms, and increase trace elements.