Volcanic Red Ochre Minerals
The Red Ochre Minerals are described as a natural deposit of volcanic hydrothermal origin.
The volcanic site is located in south eastern British Columbia on the sheer side of the mountain which is exposed to the south west.
The Red Ochre Mineral was deposited and is exposed from natural volcanic faults in the mountainside where the mineral has found its way to the surface through various openings. Over many years the mineral has naturally found its way down the mountainside and is dispersed at the base of the mountain. The Vegetation surrounding the area is exceptionally lush and healthy.
The Red Ochre minerals from the site are organic.
Volcanic red ochre minerals available in 2.2kg (5lbs)
containers for $24.95 plus shipping and tax.
Apply 1 or 2 Tablespoons of volcanic red ochre minerals as top dressing to individual plants. Water regularly as required. This process may be repeated half way through season.
Add ¼ to ½ cup of volcanic red ochre minerals to a watering container. Stir and let sit for an hour (Mineral Tea). Water your plant with mineral tea (house plants or garden) regular as required. Keep replacing water in container with the existing minerals for many applications. Add minerals to container as required.
Mix 1 part volcanic red ochre minerals to 20 parts of compost for healthier and greener grass.
Volcanic Red Ochre Minerals
Minerals: Trace Elements:
Iron………….26% Manganese……….0.30% Restores life to dead soil
Silicon……….25% Barium………………0.23% Restores nutrients to the food
Calcium……..4.5% Copper……………..0.20% Stabilizes pH acid-alkaline levels
Aluminum…2.8% Strontium………….0.10% Retains Nitrogen and Phosphates
Sulphur…….1.3% Cobalt………………..0.02% Increases Yield and Productivity
Magensium.1.11% Nickel………………..0.02% Increases Sugar levels in fruit 60%
Potassium…0.38% Zinc…………………..0.02% Increases Size and Colour
With all these minerals and trace elements present, accounts for the following improvements in plant growth upon proper application.
- Accelerated Germination of Seeds
- Reduced Water Requirements in Growing Plants
- Increased Root Growth
- Gives Softer But Stronger Fibre Formation
- Provides Uniformed Fibre Control
- Increased Resistance to Cold Temperature
- Increases Longer Lasting Flower Production
- Increases Protein Content of Fruits and Vegetables
- Improves Crop Yield.
- Has a Longer Yield Period
- Helps the Acid-Alkaline (pH) Balance in soil at 6.9 to 7.3
- Lowers Acidity in Produce
- Sweetens Taste in Produce
- Reduces Nitrogen and phosphorus requirements because it helps hold the Nitrogen in soil at rot level for a longer period of time.
- Gives Fruit and Vegetables Better Flavour and Appearance
DON’T JUST FERTILIZE… MINERALIZE
Deb Greant, Summerland BC.
Tomato Report – In the Garden 2009
March 19th: I planted three kinds of “patio” tomato: Sweet Million, Gardener’s Delight and Tumbler – F1 hybrid. The Gardener’s delight and Tumblers came up on March 26th, I think every seed must have sprouted. Three so-so “Sweet Million” seedlings came up on the 28th.
March 23rd: I planted four larger types of tomatoes: Roma, Red Brandywine, Purple Prince and Starfire. These began to come up on the 29th and most were up by the 30th.
May 14th: I transplanted 15 tomatoes, two Brandywines, three Purple Prince, two Starfire, two yellow pear, a lemon boy, and a row of five “mystery ‘maters” whose markers faded in the sun. They are miserable-looking “runts” I wouldn’t have given to anyone else, only four inches tall and purple as eggplant.
June 2nd: Sometimes you come across something that ought to be glaringly obvious to any gardener but isn’t. Vegetables thrive in mineral-rich soil! A gentleman gave me a bag of Red Ochre Minerals which is ground up red volcanic lava. He said, “Tomatoes can grow two inches in 24 hours after an application of this stuff.”
I was a bit skeptical but I had that row of 4” tomatoes I’d put in a couple of weeks ago and thought I had nothing to lose with those. Though they had gradually turned from purple to green they hadn’t grown at all. So I did as he suggested, adding four tablespoons of the Red Ochre Minerals to a two litre bottle of water. I watered them at about 4:00pm. When I went back at 6:00pm to water everything else I was astounded to see that my little tomato plants had grown visibly in that two hours! By the next morning they had all grown two inches in height and put on a new cluster of leaves! I staked them, something I didn’t think I was going to have to do.
We applied the minerals to my neighbour’s tomatoes. The plants just jumped up! Yesterday I took five two-inch tall tomato plants I was going to throw away and transplanted them, adding Red Ochre Minerals to the soil and to the water I watered them with.
Results? One plant is six inches high today. Three are about four inches high and while the fifth hasn’t gotten any taller it has a new set of leaves. [Sept edit: All these tomatoes bore fruit despite being in a location with only an hour of direct sunlight a day] Everything I “doctored” with the Red Ochre Minerals grew rapidly and developed an intense colour. I watered the Brussels sprouts with the Red Ochre Minerals and water combo and not only did they grow a couple of inches overnight, I can’t believe how green they became, in just 12 hours. They looked fine before, but now they are the darkest, glossiest, healthiest-looking brassicas I have ever seen! People are stopping to admire them.
We garden organically. Red Ochre Minerals is not a fertilizer. It does not contain nitrogen or potash. It contains iron, as well as calcium and potassium, other minerals and trace elements. Calcium and potassium are charged ions essential to the exchange of energy in biological systems.
June 14th: I transplanted my tomatoes a month ago today. The Brandywines and Purple Princes are already three feet tall. They are very bushy and are absolutely loaded with buds, blossoms and tiny tomatoes, from the size of a pea to the size of the end of my thumb. They are growing so fast that the new branches and leaves are uncoiling like fiddlehead ferns! They have climbed out of their wire cages. I am going to have to give them some additional support. The four inch “runts” I put into my 4 x 4 are now 16” high and blooming like crazy.
Halfway through the season I gave everything another treatment with Red Ochre Minerals and the plants responded by turning even more green overnight and put on a new flush of blossoms.
July 31st: We are now picking tomatoes by the colander full. The five tomato plants in the 4 x 4 are producing two-three cups, of marble-sized tomatoes every day, and the tomatoes in the containers are producing a colander full daily. I shared half with my neighbour. He said he’s never eaten tomatoes with such intense, incredible flavour. I agree. The field tomatoes I bought to try are pale-tasting beside them.
Sept 28th: Would you believe these five-foot tall tomatoes are the purple runts I was too embarrassed to give away? They would have taken over the 4 x 4 except I pulled runners out, cut branches and put up a section of fence to hold them back. They have crawled over the edges of the bed and rooted outside. They have produced several gallons of tomatoes over the summer. They are still loaded with fruit and I am still picking tomatoes. I’ve grown tomatoes for over 30 years and I’ve never had such productive and delicious tomatoes.
The Trump Family, Westbank, BC
Try Mineralizing your lawn with Volcanic Minerals: February 15th 2011
This past summer, we applied a mixture of organic compost and Volcanic minerals to our front lawn and garden. The results were stunning.
To begin with, we always thought our lawn was in reasonably good shape, even though we had trouble spots where the grass was thin in places and thatchy in others.
The thin areas were a result of people constantly walking across the lawn and it was always difficult to get it back in shape even after applying over the years, other types of lawn fertilizers, ogogrow and bags of peatmoss.
After hearing about the nutritional support minerals can give to soil and plants, we decided to apply a good top dressing of compost soil and the minerals.
We raked it in covering about ¾ of the lawn area and watered as often as we could while observing the current watering restrictions.
The lawn began to under go a transformation.
After 2 weeks there was a good showing of new grass coming forth in the thin areas.
As the new grass grew in, the areas began to thicken up, while the thatch areas began to subside as new healthier grass came in to replace the weaker grass.
A few weeks later it became very visible that the lawn had transformed itself.
Interestingly enough, the last ¼ area of lawn that had not been covered, was beginning to show signs of regeneration due to the watering and natural filtering thru of the minerals to this area.
After about 2 months, the whole lawn took on a much greener look and the strength and quality of the grass was noticeably improved.
This year our back yard lawn is going to get the same treatment.