Rock Your Survival Gardening World!

A reader sent the following item about a book that revolutionized his gardening practices, and mine as well.


“What if there was a plant fertilizer that was readily available, and satisfied all a plant’s needs except for air and water?

“We have all seen the N-P-K ratios on packages and perhaps wondered which was right for the plants we want to grow. There exists a single substance in nature which has a balance of all these necessary elements and micro nutrients too. All soil came from it. It is stone. Finely powdered stone is the subject of Bread from Stones concerning the work of Julius Hensel over a hundred years ago. America is blessed with an abundant supply of the stone discussed in this book. It nourishes all kinds of plants, and they in turn feed animals and humans for better health.

“Much of what we are taught is in error regarding plant nutrition and the availability of fertilizer. There is no shortage, nor will there be, of a perfect fertilizer. You can even make your own. The logic and practical experience of this author are simple and delightfully clear.”


Sounds incredible, doesn’t it? Can simple rocks ground into dust revolutionize your survival gardening? Why not? It’s natural, organic, plentiful, and inexpensive compared to other fertilizers. I’ve used it in my garden, and it works well. I like the fact that it simplifies things for me and eliminates guesswork about fertilization.

Bread from Stones is published by Acres USA. Here’s a description.


“Julius Hensel was a German agricultural chemist in the late 1800s who discovered that by adding finely ground rock dust to soil he could confer immunity to bacterial, fungal and insect attack. Eventually these findings were published in Das Leben, or The Life and later as Bread from Stones.

“This book was the first work to attack Von Liebig’s salt fertilizer thesis, and it stands as valid today as when first written over 100 years ago. Translated from the German writings of Julius Hensel, the book was designed to introduce the people of the U.S. to the idea that plants require healthy food in order to flourish, just as a human being does. It describes a then new and rational system for fertilization which has become science today — fertilizing with stone dust. Hensel went searching for food for plants and found it in the primeval rocks. Fed on such foods, plants will yield healthy, wholesome and life sustaining food that escapes disease and parasites.”


In your endeavors to prepare for survival, you’ve no doubt discovered you’re doing some things you may have previously thought of as breaking with convention or “the norm.” Maybe gardening was such a thing for you this year. If so, you owe it to yourself to get a copy of Bread from Stones. Simply click on the book’s title where you see it linked in this post. You’ll be taken to the page where you can order it. If you’re an old hand at gardening, why not get a copy for a first time gardener?


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.