Should I use rock dust in desert soil
I am a newbie who had a disaster for my first years garden so I don't want a repeat. I live in the desert which I have heard has alkaline soil. There seems to be controversy on whether rock dust is beneficial. First some say the calcium in rock dust will break down more quickly then the other nutrients which will make the soil more alkaline. Others say that the rock dust takes 100 years to break down so it is useless. Still others say the plants uptake it and it helps repel disease and helps make a bigger yield by giving minerals that are depleted.
I also wonder about the heavy metals in rock dust and do the plants convert them or would I be adding toxins to my food. I have been using Happy Frog and Ocean Forest as a base because I need time for compost to break down, yet my plants didn't do well for several reasons, many of which I have been learning on this journey.
So, do I use the rock dust?
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