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Fantastic Plant Growth - Remineral Your Garden With Volcanic Rock Dust

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Star & Furrow
Issue 109
Summer 2008
ROCKDUST IS CATCHING THE IMAGINATIONof gardeners and farmers and its use is spreadingin the UK and beyond. Consumer demand is bring-ing Rockdust’s miracle effects into our gardens andfarms and into the environmental, farming andfood debates.
The SEER Centre Trust was established as aRecognised Scottish Charity in 1997, following 13 years pio-neering work by co-founders Cameron & Moira Thomson,advocating Rockdust as The Solution to achieving Sustain-able Ecological Earth Regeneration. The SEER Centreis a working model for conversion to sustainable organic“remineralised” agriculture by application of rockdusts andrecycled municipal composts for soil creation, maximumsoil fertility, minimal soil erosion and maximum protectionfrom climate-change weather extremes. The charity aims toattract scientific research into the benefits of Rockdust.Since 1997, on the foothills of the Grampianmountains in Strathardle, Perthshire, the infertile, acidic,upland grassland site, although exposed to severe weather at1000 feet, has been transformed into an ecologically diverseenvironment by the Thomson’s soil creation with rockdustsand municipal composts. (This growing medium is called“SEER Rocksoil”). Remarkable terraced gardens havebeen created. Deep fertile soils produce convincing heavymineral-rich crops of tasty organic vegetables, fruit andbright flowers.Cameron & Moira share how they achieved thisand why they are so enthusiastic about spreading the ben-efits of Rockdust.Moira points to her daughter holding a hugefreshly cut calabrese head weighing 1.75 kg, saying,
“thiskind of food contains all the nutrients, energy and natural forcesthat nature intended our food should bestow to us - all food sold in all markets and shops should be grown with rockdust! Mineral Replacement Therapy (MRT) with Rock-dust is natural fertility treatment. NPK chemical fertilisers,which cause ecological imbalances and soil erosion, are not. If we humans can manage to cover the Earth’s soils with variouschemicals several times a year to chemically grow our crops, wecan surely cover Earth’s soils with Rockdust! We believe that using Rockdust on a global scale for  sustainable organic gardening, agriculture, forestry and compost-ing can boost fertility and regenerate natural ecosystems which,in turn, can nourish our increasing populations with nutrient-richorganic foods for current and future generations”.
Soil is our most important and fragile resource. The fertilesoils in volcanic areas like Lanzorotti are productive andhigh yielding due to the abundance of minerals and traceelements in volcanic soils. BBC Horizon, “The Blue Nile”in 2004, traced the Blue Nile to its origins in the highlandsof Ethiopia where the weathering of volcanic rock flow-
Sustainable Ecological EarthRegeneration with Rockdust
by Moira Thomson
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ing down the river is deposited on the Nile delta making itfamously highly fertile. The Blue Nile is called so because itis coloured with blue-grey rockdust.It is possible to create such mineral-rich soils inyour very own garden by spreading a dressing of SEERRockdust. Quarried from ancient 420 million year old Scot-tish volcanic rock, it is rich in the minerals and trace elementsthat are deficient or missing from the majority of our soilsglobally, having been used up by vegetation and eroded byweather over the last 10,000 years since the last ice age ended.Soil is the mineral-rich sponge that enables the Earth to sus-tain life and absorb carbon. Without fertility, this sponginessdisintegrates and erodes.
Glaciers crush rocks during the 90,000 year long iceages. Their advancing and retreating action releases enoughminerals and trace elements from the crushed rocks to growand sustain soils which life uses and depletes during the 10- 12,000 year long interglacial periods between the ice ages.The exact length of each interglacial is determined by theamount of rock that was crushed by the glaciers and theminerals and trace elements released. There have been 25 of these Earth fertility cycles in 2.5 million years resulting in 25fertile interglacials. The present interglacial is 10,800 years old.
We can simulate the beneficial effects of glacierswhen we spread Rockdust to “remineralise” our soils.Earthworms digest rock particles in the soil and decompos-ing vegetation and deposit “remineralised” organic matterin their wormcasts which contain nitrogen, carbon, mineralsand thousands of micro-organisms which ultimately becomeorganic, mineral-rich plant food. The more worms in yoursoil, the better the rockdust will be worked into the soil.Many of today’s medical conditions are attributedto mineral and trace element deficiencies in our bodies andour diets which result from eating food grown in mineral-deficient soil. We would need to eat five apples to get thenutrition we would have got from one fifty years ago! We cantake mineral supplements to address some of these deficien-cies in the food chain. For those of us who grow our ownfood, spreading Rockdust puts minerals and trace elementsback into our soil, increasing microbial activity which makesour soil grow gradually darker and the crops more vigor-ous, mineral-rich, flavoursome and heavier yielding. We canreally feed the world this way, promoting health and well-being, reducing disease and costs of disease management.
Deep fertile soils and dense forests once covered this poorPerthshire grazing land. The soils have been used up by veg-etation and eroded, leaving the glacial moraine, dumped bythe last ice-age, covered by shallow soil with a PH of 4.5 - achallenging site offering the perfect opportunity to demon-strate soil remineralisation and soil creation.In April 1997, with our two shovels and a wheel-barrow, we built dry stone walls then started making the firsttwo terraces with 200 tons of recycled resources donated byDundee Council’s Discovery Compost and Tayside Con-tracts Collace quarry.We filled the terraces with “SEER Rocksoil” astrip at a time so we could start planting right away and keepup with the growing season. We finished a few months laterin July 1997. By this time the five children were tucking intothe first-sown juicy crops. By 2000, the young remineralisedtrees were beginning to grow profusely, providing shelterand wildlife habitats around the perimeter.
The large spruce trees that towered above the house shadedand impoverished the soil and were cut down in 2001. Wespread 2 inches of “SEER Rockmix” (the SEER top dress-ing) on the surface of the poor soil and grew impressivepotatoes. The soil was transformed in one growing season.We made the fourth terrace, the soil terrace, withtopsoil we’d saved from the car park construction. Plantsin this poor acidic soil got smaller, going blue and yellow, sowe added a 2 year dose of Rockdust on the southern half of the terrace. The following year brassicas were gown in bothhalves and were noticeably bigger and higher-yielding on therockdusted half. A year later, potatoes on the rockdusted half showed an obvious effect yielding twice as many potatoesand they were twice the size than those on the untreatedhalf. We’d quadrupled the yield! There were also biggerplants and yields on the “soil only” half, directly next tothe rockdusted half – the worms had been taking rockdustto the poor half and doing their own remineralising! Thisproved that rockdust does boost fertility without the addi-tion of compost.We erected a Greenhouse in 2001. We made a pathusing bricks and cement and deep rubble infill between thetwo borders to ensure worms couldn’t travel from side toside to mix the two treatments and skew the results. Com-post and Rockdust (Rocksoil) fills the east side. Poor soil androckdust fills the west side. We grew equally giant organictomatoes in both sides! The rockdust achieved equal resultson both sides in one growing season.In 2003 we ploughed some flat land that hasn’tbeen ploughed in living memory. We spread 8 inches o“Rocksoil” on top of the ploughed bed and planted pota-toes. Seven weeks of drought followed but we didn’t irrigatebecause we’ve observed that remineralised soil can retainmoisture in the particles of stone. We grew the biggest pota-toes ever and they stored with perfect shelf-life, lasting untilthe following June.The first two terraces are now in their 12th grow-ing season and are still producing bumper nutritious organiccrops, year after year! Everything is healthy, lacking nothing,no pest damage or disease. We really don’t know when thesedeep terraces will run out of minerals!
Cameron explains that Planet Earth’s natural soil history,soil creation and soil demineralisation patterns during thepresent interglacial are part of Earth’s natural fertility cyclesthat cause climate changes and how our species respondedto these changes in the past or may respond to the presentclimate change chaos.
“Soil erosion and climate change threaten the survival of civilisation. The world’s weather becomes extreme and unpredictable when Earth’s soils become severely demineralised.Climate change is pre-glacial tension. We’re convinced that  spreading Rockdust on a global scale could enable Earth’s soils toabsorb sufficient amounts of excess atmospheric carbon to stabilise global climate change!” 
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Summer 2008
Record cold temperatures, such as -9°C in Greecein January ’04 with 1 foot of snow and the lemon cropfrosted, are becoming the norm. Record hot temperaturesand forest fires, torrential rainstorms, floods, giant hail,mud/land-slides and soil erosion, are becoming the norm.Increased frequency and size of hurricanes and earthquakes,extreme climatic catastrophes are becoming the norm, glob-ally, due to climate change.Can we continue paying the cost of cleaning up,rebuilding and “prevention” over and over again? Can weactually solve any of the problems? There is one do-ablesolution to the whole problem that lies beneath our feet inthe soil. To shape the future we need to understand the past.These climatic catastrophes indicate that we are living dur-ing the final stages of the present interglacial. Twenty fiveglaciations, in 2.5 million years, each lasting about 90,000years and 25 interglacials, each lasting about 10,000 years,are more than coincidence.”
(Dr. Johannes Iversen, State Geologist, and Svend Th. Andersen, Geological Survey of Denmark, 1960’s)
During the Protocratic phase the Earth turned green.
Pioneer trees grew in the crushed rock and dropped leaveswhich biodegraded to form soil.
During the Mesocratic phase Globalaverage soil depth was 7.5 feet.
 Trees during this “post -glacial climatic optimum” phasewere up to 8 times bigger in bulk than any trees left on Earthtoday. Deserts of sand and rock in the Tropics were minimal,as were the ice sheets. Atmospheric carbon was 270ppm (to-day it is 378ppm). The carbon that was once in the deep soiland giant trees has returned to the atmosphere, along withour fossil fuel emissions. Today soil depth is 4.5 – 7.5 inches.
The main feature of the Oligocratric phase issoil demineralisation and soil acidification.
As the minerals in our soils were depleted, the soil chemistryand the type of tree cover changed. The Caledonian forestappeared 6,000 years ago in Scotland. Before that, duringthe Mesocratic phase, a mainly deciduous thick impenetra-ble forest covered Scotland. People lived on the coasts.
The main feature of the final Telocratic phase,which lasts 170 ± 45 years, is soil erosion,
when torrential rainstorms wash whatever minerals are leftin the soil into the rivers and seas, ending in an approximate20 year transition into glaciation.
At the end of the Mesocratic phase there was a slight globalcooling. Our species response was to stop being nomadic; do-mesticate our animals; build villages and towns and introducepoliticians and taxation.At the end of the Oligocratic phase 170 years ago,our species response was to apply lime to the acidic land; minefor ores; cut down forests to make charcoal for iron smelt-ing, emit more carbon into the atmosphere. This response,170 years ago, was the Industrial Revolution. The Telocraticphase lasts 170 years! Our species response, at the end of theTelocratic phase is the Technological Revolution!
Oceanographers are telling us “global warming” is meltingthe edges of the ice caps and we may be in a stage of transi-tion into global cooling because the melting freshwater icecools the warm ocean currents, such as the Gulf stream, thatkeep our British climate warm.When the sun’s rays strike the Earth, there is moreheat impact in lower latitudes, the Tropics, than in higherlatitudes. Also, the sun shines on lower latitudes all year long,but not on higher latitudes. Since the Industrial Revolutionour species has been, and still is, “turning up the volume”of the greenhouse effect - the Earth’s warming mechanism- mainly in the lower latitudes. Because the lower latitudesare hotter than normal, more water than normal evaporatesand is transported to the higher latitudes. It passes overthe temperate zone middle latitudes in both hemispheres,producing more cloud than normal (contributing to global
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The Present Interglacial has four main phases.These phases are approximate due to varying localised conditions around the globe.
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