I've tried to grow dandelion greens in my organic garden for a few years now (they are very good for you!). But my success at growing this nutritious weed has been shockingly limited. I asked Rick Vyust, CEO of Fruitbasket Flowerland for some advice. He said one word, "Azomite".
Azomite is a natural product which contains up to 70 trace minerals and is naturally mined in from an ancient mine in Utah. Rick also said that it has a great history, so I looked it up. Not only does it re-mineralize soil (something my garden could sure use right now), but Azomite is also used in animal feed and is thought to improve the immunity of the livestock. Azomite improves root systems, increases plant vigor, and improves plant immune function as well, especially in all greens and "fruiting" plants like tomatoes. Why? This statement, taken from www.azomite.com is fascinating:
Justus von Liebig developed the "Law of the Minimum" which is important in understanding what AZOMITE® does. The Law states that plant growth is determined by the scarcest (or minimum) nutrient available to it. If just one of the many required nutrients is deficient, the plant will not grow and produce at its optimum.
Conventional fertilizer programs focus on the macronutrients like Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K). However, if one of the many essential trace elements is deficient in the soil, the plant will not perform at its optimum, affecting yield and immune function. AZOMITE® replenishes these essential trace minerals through a 100% naturally derived source.
Humans need trace minerals, too. If our plants and animals are heatlhy, we will tend to be healthier, as well. The above statement perhaps speaks to why so many physicians are recommending trace minerals to their immune deficient patients. The fact that so many of us are struggling with immunity, might also be another reason to look at how we raise our food.
Just a thought.