For a while now I’ve been wondering how I was going to apply my ORMUS (Sea Salt Precipitate) in my garden this year. I’ve sectioned out two beds that are side by side into which I will plant relatively identical plants in comparable locations. Yet, I was wondering if I simply sprinkle it on or what.
Well, after a little mediation, I was drawn to look up Fulvic acid for I’ve always thought that the mineral precipitated from salt need to be wrapped by carbon, oxygen and hydrogen complex of some sort in order for it to be absorbable in the body. At least, that was what I intuitively understood and it looks like there is information to back this up.
As an introduction to Fulvic acid, I found this from shirleys-wellness-café:
Nature has a way of processing and refining minerals which is called the Fulvic Acid Phenomenon. Organic fulvic acids are created by micro-organisms in the soil, for the purpose of transporting minerals and nutrients from the soil into a plant. From there, complex photosynthesis reactions produce the components of all the various parts of the plant. Muco-polysacharrides (complex carbohydrate sugars) flow throughout the plant for nourishment. Some is returned to the roots. There, the micro- organisms are nourished and produce Fulvic Acid to complex with minerals and nutrients to restart the cycle again.
In plants, fulvic acid stimulates metabolism, provides respiration, increases metabolism of proteins and activity of multiple enzymes, enhances the permeability of cell membranes, cell division and elongation, aids chlorophyll synthesis, drought tolerance, crop yields, buffers soil pH, assists denitrification by microbes, contributes to electrochemical balance as a donor or an acceptor, decomposes silica to release essential mineral nutrients, detoxifies pollutants such as pesticides and herbicides.
Whenever minerals come into contact with fulvic acid, in a water medium, they are naturally dissolved into an ionic form. These minerals literally become part of the fulvic acid itself. Once the minerals meld into the fulvic acid complex, they become bioactive, bioavailable, and organic. Thus, when elemental minerals are transformed into an organic state, through a natural chemical process involving fulvic acid and photosynthesis, they are safe to be used by both humans and animals.
The last paragraph is the key one – the minerals in the soil are captured by the microorganisms as they convert them from inorganic to organic substances. It’s at that point that they become bioavailable.
If you look up Fulvic acid (humic acid) in the Wikipedia you’ll find:
The presence of carboxylate and phenolate groups gives the humic acids the ability to form complexes with ions such as Mg2+, Ca2+, Fe2+ and Fe3+. many humic acids have two or more of these groups arranged so as to enable the formation of chelate complexes. The formation of (chelate) complexes is an important aspect of the biological role of humic acids in regulating bioavailability of metal ions.
If you look up the caboxylate and phenolate groups, you’ll see that they are carbon, hydrogen, oxygen wrappers for the metal atoms.
More supporting information from the HydroPonics website:
Many natural health care practitioners are recommending fulvic acid to patients as an immune system booster, detoxifier and to help with the absorption of vitamins and minerals from foods.
The agricultural benefits of fulvic acids have enormous potential to heal soils of the world and neutralize radioactive and toxic wastes. It also decreases the need for antibiotic use in feed lot animals and birds, increasing healthy growth.
This miracle molecule, fulvic acid passes through plants’ cell walls with ease. Fulvic acid acts as a claw or chelating agent attaching to minerals that would otherwise be rendered useless to plants. Essential nutrients and vitamins, which plants may not be able to assimilate easily, will piggyback on the fulvic acid to be transported to all cells that need them.
I’ve added the emphasis (in italics above) because this aligns with the understanding that I’ve developed with regards to the body absorbing molecules. Sure, we can ingest inorganic molecules and they will provide function in the body, but in order to use the minerals for complex molecules, they need to be wrapped up in a bioavailable form (organic molecule).
This is where compost tea comes in! This is how I’m planning on delivering my ORMUS to my garden plants this year.
To start with, I’ve embedded three short videos on making compost tea.
Looks pretty simple, doesn’t it!
The shopping list looks like this:
- Air stone, tubing and pump.
- Paint strainer bag
- Chicken manure (earth worm castings)
- Needs nitrogen (alfalfa) (bunny food)
- 5 gallon bucket
And the recipe will be:
- Precipitate of one cup Dead Sea Salt
- Bag full of worm castings
- 2 table spoons molasis
- 5 gallons water
- cup or two of Alfalfa pellets
I’ll basically use the purist fresh water I can find and to it I’ll turn on the bubbler, add the bag of worm castings, 1 cup alfalfa, Dead Sea Salt precipitate (ORMUS), Molasis and let it work. I’ll do this in the garage where the temperature will be around 60 degrees so the microorganisms should find that comfortable.
After it’s brewed, I’ll pour it into a watering can and sprinkle it over the plants.
At this point, I’m expecting to do this about every three weeks. But I’m still not sure. I’ll think more about that part of the process for I still have a bit of time before the plants go into the ground. As I get into it, I’ll post pictures of the process.
Hope it doesn’t smell bad!