Leibig's Law and Sunseeker
Liebig’s Law of the Minimum, often simply called Liebig’s Law or the Law of the Minimum, is a principle developed in agricultural science by Carl Sprengel (1828) and later popularized by Justus von Liebig. It states that growth is controlled not by the total amount of resources available, but by the scarcest resource (limiting factor). This concept was originally applied to plant or crop growth, where it was found that increasing the amount of plentiful nutrients did not increase plant growth. Only by increasing the amount of the limiting nutrient (the one most scarce in relation to “need”) was the growth of a plant or crop improved. This principle can be summed up in the aphorism, “The availability of the most abundant nutrient in the soil is as good as the availability of the least abundant nutrient in the soil.”
Minerals from land slowly make their way into rivers, lakes, and eventually, the oceans. Periods of glaciation, volcanoes and other natural events contribute to the process called remineralization. In the last century, our agricultural practices and general intervention in the planet’s natural systems has greatly accelerated the loss of minerals to the point where our soils are depleted. We can do the same work of a glacier in order to get some minerals back in the soil by using rock dust.
Rock dust is a fine powder, the best type coming from glacial or volcanic rocks such as basalt and granite. Research on its benefits has been done for at least 60 years. The dust often contains a wide array of minerals, particularly if it’s from a glacial source that has a mixture of many kinds of rocks.
Rock dusts have produced amazing results, such as doubling yield and vastly increasing nutrition in vegetables. Vegetables grown with rock dust are bigger, tastier, and much more nutritious. Remineralize the Earth is an organization doing a lot of research.
Sunseeker rock dust contains 71 minerals making it one of the most complete fertilizers. It is a slow release for up to 2 years, it cannot burn your plants, it cannot leche out of the soil.
Sunseeker Kelp contains over 70 minerals, vitamins, chelating agents and amino acids. Making Kelp staple in any foliar feed. We know it’s an excellent source of cytokinin’s and auxins, both natural plant growth hormones. Kelp also contains 17 of the 21 amino acids commonly known to us.
There are several definitions of the word fertilizer. In many countries, in order to be considered a fertilizer, a product must have a certain amount of total nitrogen, available phosphate and soluble potash, often written as NPK. Notice that it’s available phosphate and soluble potash, not total. This has an unfortunate consequence for organic fertilizers. Nutrients in organic fertilizers are wrapped up in various organic compounds that need to be broken down by microbes before they become available to plants, as nature intended. This means an organic fertilizer will not qualify as a fertilizer and will look like poor value when compared to the high numbers of a chemical fertilizer. It will be sold as a soil amendment or perhaps a specialty fertilizer.
Further, the law says a “complete fertilizer” only has to supply the three nutrients listed above. This is a lie and manipulation of the many chemical company’s. We know, of course, that plants need many dozens of nutrients, so it makes no sense to apply only three. In fact, applying any of these three indiscriminately often causes more problems than benefits.
A fish hydrolysate is a liquid often made with by-catch, which is all of the unwanted fish that were caught in the process of catching other more desirable fish.
The whole fish is used in this process. Instead of cooking, it’s digested with enzymes at cooler temperatures, ground up and liquefied. Phosphoric acid is used here, too, as a preservative. Many of the oils, amino acids, vitamins, hormones, and enzymes remain in the product. The result is a nutrient-rich product that has many trace minerals, is less prone to leaching than soluble
fertilizers, and is wonderful microbe food. Fish brings in many nutrients like the sea minerals, but it’s particularly high in nitrogen, available phosphorus and potassium. These natural, quite available forms of nitrogen and phosphorus are especially useful when you don’t have enough humus yet. Fish hydrolysate also has proteins, carbohydrates, enzymes and other substances. It’s been combined with kelp in the same foliar mix for many decades, as they complement each other very well. Therefore in my option this is all examples of complete fertilizer. Adding to this list is compost and bone meal. More than just soil addendums!