Soils In New Vrindaban Benefit From Supplementing Phosporus

Phosphate deficiency can be the limiting factor for crop production in our soils here in New Vrindaban

Chemical fertilizer is commonly referred to as NPK –Nitrogen Phosphate and Potassium. These are the main necessities for plant growth.

Organically, you can get nitrogen from manure, nitrogen fixing green manures, or supplemental fertilizers that are composed of things like soybean meal, whatever.

The soils here are naturally high in potassium and it can be supplemented with wood ashes, which are valuable for trace minerals as well.

What the soils are lacking here is phosphate.  We supplement this with soft rock phosphate

“Phosphorus, an essential macronutrient

“Phosphorus (P) is one of the most important elements for plant growth and metabolism. It plays key roles in many plant processes such as energy metabolism, the synthesis of nucleic acids and membranes, photosynthesis, respiration, nitrogen fixation and enzyme regulation (Raghothama, 1999). Adequate phosphorus nutrition enhances many aspects of plant development including flowering, fruiting and root growth. ”

Rock phosphate is not easily found locally. Mostly you will find super phosphate which is the chemical version.

We have bought a pallet of rock phosphate from Ohio Earth Food and trucked it here.

We are making this available to devotees for $15.50 per 50 pound bag.

They recommend applying at the rate up to 1000 pounds per acre.That amounts to about 2# per 100 square feet.  50 pounds will cover about 2500 square feet. Talk to your friends and share a bag if you have a smaller area. I will split small amounts as a favor for devotees until the end of Feb but after that I am too busy.

As this is a slow release material, one application is good for 10 years.

Please contact Madhava Gosh for how to get this.

FYI, this also has a slight neutralizing effect like an equivalent amount of lime.

Please tell your friends who don’t have internet access.

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