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growing/soil improvement alternatives


]Sea-Crop/sea salt ]free ebook!
]ORMUS
]magnetite
EM
orgonite
Garret´s Juice
heirloom seeds
hydroponics with seasalt
sonic bloom
permaculture
restructured water
terra preta
]ley farming or foggage farming

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things to consider with soil improvement alternatives


Basic understanding of soil 'engineering' [farming] is really the foundation with which to understand how to use these cutting edge techniques properly.

For instance, when adding sea minerals to the soil, either by adding salt that's been diluted or by adding seawater, some things to keep in mind are that seawater contains vast amounts of sodium and not all plants like sodium.
According to Steve Storch, however, the soil loves sodium and that's his reason for not taking it out of the seawater (like Sea-Crop does).
Also, when one addes seawater or seasalt [both in dilution], it lowers the acidity of the soil, i.e. effecting the pH value, also something plants are very particular about. Manure, on the other hand, increases acidity [lowers pH], but i've heard that one should not add manure and seawater simultaneously.

La Gomera offers endless supplies of magnetite on her beaches, which can be added to the soil, up to 10%, which can be very beneficial; however, adding sand to soil changes the texture of soil dramatically. Obviously, one would add magnetite only very carefully if one already was dealing with sandy soil. On the other hand, if one had clayish soil, one might add as much as 10% in volume [i.e. 9kg clay to 1kg magnetite].
I've put a magnet to the beach sand and it appears to be highly magnetic, suggesting that if it's not largely magnetite, it at least offers the same magnetic properties that make magnetite so beneficial to soil and plants.

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the basics when considering soil


After 30 years of research and testing [experimentation on myself] of diet theories, there appear to be a few principles that apply to health that form the ultimate root causes of disease.

People point to (supposed) allergies, genetics, lifestyle, and other sources of distress but only after considering ALL avenues of research does it become clear that there are reasons WHY allergies appear, WHY genetics rears it's head, or WHY lifestyle of some causes disease while others with a similar lifestyle are fine.

Why, why, why... Only if you add yet another "WHY?" to your search will you ultimately end up with answers that apply to just about ALL puzzles and questions.
"I just have an allergy to [...]" is not an ANSWER; it's an excuse! WHY do you have the allergy? Then the next excuse often pops up: "Genetics"; that usually ends the debate even though epigenetic research, which has made much genetic research moot and superceded it, shows that genetics adjusts to environment; that means that the question "WHY are your genetics exibiting themselves as they do?" applies.

Why, why, why... Answer: minerals.
Okay, i said there are a few principles; the 3 root principles that determine 99% of health are:
- minerals
- toxicity
- microbes

Your pH value, for instance, is important, yes, but how can your body maintain proper pH levels if you're lacking minerals? Magnesium, for instance, is a big one; your body substitutes Mg for calcium if you're lacking it, which is a common occurance because Mg : Ca in seawater is 3:2 but in rocks is 1:2 i.e. rocks provide plenty of calcium and very few people are lacking in it but Mg is often lacking.
Without the right minerals, your body can't deal with pH as well or efficiently as it might and then, yes, you can have a viral, bacterial, or fungal issue but the viruses, bacteria, or fungi are not the root problem; not even your pH levels are; your lack of minerals IS.

Ultimately, health is determined by your body's access to the necessary quality and quantity of minerals. That means that gardening is also all about minerals!
Just like with health, yes,, water, sunlight, temperature, genetics, microbes, etc. etc. ALSO apply, but the ROOT issue [again] is MINERALS.
You need minerals, your plants need minerals, the microbes in your soil need minerals. NPK'ing your soil to death, therefore, is not just not the answer, it is in utter defiance of this principle; there are nearly 100 minerals and each lifeform needs at least dozens and not the same dozens either.

The best answer [it turns out after 50 years of research by Maynard Murray] is to just mineralize soil with seawater; it contains all minerals in solution and can be added [in most cases] in a 1:5 concentration [i.e. 1 part seawater to 5 parts sweet water], add once a month [there are lists as to what ppm plants prefer], also depending on rainfall, of course.

Does this mean that microbes, pH, moisture, etc. etc. etc. have become irrelevant? Of course not. But first things first; it's all about priorities;
water desert and all you get is mud;
lime acidic soil and all you get is good pH;
etc.
What is your ROOT issue?

Does this mean that manure is/can be pointless? Yes and no...
Manure is necessary, yes, but crap that comes from animals that've eaten a mineral-deficient diet is minerally deficient crap! So manure is preferable to chemical fertilization, yes, but isn't going to magically provide minerals that just aren't THERE, no.

First things first; the root cause of poor health AND poor crops is lack of minerals; the answer: seawater agriculture.
Good microbes are also important and why foods containing probiotics are so essential (and why all long-lived cultures in the world consume them, usually daily).
Toxicity WILL undermine even the most minerally rich soils, of course, though such soils may overcome pollutants over time; for health and soil it should be clear that excess pollution is a problem that also needs to be dealt with as a priority. There is, however, obviously little point in taking bad stuff OUT without adding good stuff; farmers can simply get a "ecological" rating by NOT adding chemical fertilizers to their soil for 3 years running but that admirable action didn't add minerals to their soil! First things first.

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Bringing Sea to Land; Why The Oceans Are Our Future


I was recently pleasantly surprised to see a CNN documentary on seawater farming. I found out about this amazing development by seawater agricultural pioneer Carl Hodges some time ago and I’m pleased to see his efforts continue to attract popular attention. Reading more about the possibilities of farming with seawater only makes the idea more and more intriguing. Do you realize rainwater is constantly diluting the land of its minerals and other precious matter? This is the reason the seas are salty: the most easily disolved minerals, salts, are the most readily carried off by rain and rivers to the seas.
For this reason mankind has ever been harvesting salt from the ocean, for land life cannot live without it. But we really don’t take this discrepancy as seriously as we should. Sea creatures are much healthier than those on land for the simple reason that they don’t lack the nutrients life just needs to do well. On land, however, soil has been depleted of its treasures in the course of billions of years and as a result critical minerals are lacking, which not only causes deficiencies but also imbalances.
  
Some researchers have discovered that crops can best be ‘fertilized’ by simply adding a solution with seawater to the soil. Rain, with the powerful solvents water and DMSO, has been leaching the soil of minerals for billions of years. These have ended up in the (now salty) seas and that's why ocean life is much more robust and healthy than that on land. Seawater commonly contains 92 minerals, seasalt more than 80. This is nothing like the salt we put on our food which is just one mineral, sodium chloride. This is why we do well to use seawater salt when preparing food but we would do even better to start by adding [the best quality!] seasalt to the soil of that which we wish to prepare later, for after plants have assimilated nutrients, our bodies can (better) assimilate them in turn (instead of us taking the seawater minerals directly). Crops that are fertilized with seawater solutions produce more and better tasting crops, are (more) resistant to disease, and don’t exibit the problems associated with more common fertilizers, especially the cost. Listen to some radio interviews on it.
ORMUS, an alchemical substance derived from seawater, offers fruits that are 3 to 5 times bigger and better tasting.

 
Talking about bringing the sea back to the land, Carl Hodges has been researching and experimenting with seawater farming for decades. He has over 1000 hectares of seawater agriculture going in Eritrea and several projects in Mexico. With over 25,000 miles of coastal desert worldwide, his efforts are but a sample of global possibilities. He says he sees potential for at least 1700 more such locations worldwide.
The key to seawater farming are 2 crops especially: sea asparagus [salicornia] and mangrove. With these saltwater loving flora a cycle of agriculture can be set up involving shrimp and fish farming. From his website:
Saltwater runs onto the land, providing water to the land-based brick and concrete circles in which we raise our shrimp, fills the three salt lakes that hold the bulk of our fish, nurtures the thousands of mangroves that will shade its shores, irrigates our field crops, and drains, finally, into a sea garden park. This park, forested by several varieties of mangroves, shelters innumerable species of flora and fauna; herons, flamingos, and other shorebirds, marine animals of many kinds, and even allows domesticated animals, like goats and camels, a place to graze.
Hodges explains that the salicornia seed is 30 to 40% oil which can be used as an economic source for biofuel. The rest of the plant can be used as feed for goats or other domestic animals. It can also be consumed as vegetable.
The mangroves also produce edible leaves for cattle and of course wood and forests to house fish and all kinds of wildlife.
 
He also suggests that seawater farming can be used to combat global warming and even successfully defeat it. Dry barren desert coastline are worthless but if thousands or perhaps millions of hectares of desert are turned into mangrove forest and salicornia crop, that’s capturing carbondioxide into the soil right there. The biofuel won from the salicornia burns to leave only 10% of the captured CO2 back in the atmosphere. With all the forests worldwide being burned for agriculture, taking up 30% of CO2 production, creating new forests to capture CO2 constitutes an important potential option for reducing carbondioxide levels. Also, the seawater that is led to inland marshes, pools, and lakes can help lower rising seawater levels, if seawater farming can be established at a great enough scale. As his solution is economically viable [and with the rising price of oil, his biofuel becoming ever more so] all it would take to make that dream come true is investors willing to put in the money. One can only imagine what governmental backing would do.

We ignore the seas at our peril. They are not just a source of fish, they are a source of life in general. Agriculture that depletes the soil is considered stupid. We all know farmers have to change their crop once in a while or the earth will no longer sustain agriculture but what really ever brings the minerals taken from the ground back? The answer: nothing. Rainwater is pure distilled H2O and contains no nutrients.
 
The only nutrients that come to the land come from land further inland, usually more elevated land, but even that earth has been depleted by billions of years of rain so what value can it really offer? The fertilizers we add to the soil suffer the same deficiencies. If a number of minerals are missing in the soil, that means that the manure from the animals that feed off of plants that grew on that soil is also lacking in those minerals. The only place to reclaim them is the ocean. Hodges’ idea of seawater rivers that paradoxically bring water from the sea instead of the other way around, may be our Earth’s future for continued prosperity for all land-based life.

Imagine a planet with rivers running to and from the sea like our bodies have veins and arteries. Could mankind mean more to planet Earth than a parasite, not only living off of what the land has to offer but adding to it? Imagine how all life on Earth would benefit from an infusion of nutrients derived from the seas that are overflowing with them? Imagine a Sahara returned to lush greenness, great dry savannas fed by ocean waters that make it possible for more than just grass to grow, whole continents turned from arid brown to green prosperity because mankind used machines to nurture instead of rape and destroy.

The most barbaric cultures understand that one cannot plant the same crop year after year without depleting the soil, yet so much of our planet lies dead and dry. Perhaps our level of lack of agricultural sophistication is best portrayed by how we continue to ignore the potential of the sea. Who knows, mankind may yet change the face of the planet for the better. Wouldn’t it be great if just digging a few long ditches would help to acchieve that end? That’s something anybody can manage.

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woodchips & shredded leaves


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Woodchips + rockdust + mycellium spores.
Woodchips can often be acquired for free from sources dealing with trees and lumber.
The woodchips can help against erosion and form a complete layer on top of poor soil.

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compost tea


Evans' winning compost tea [7 min vid]
Growing vegetables in Alaska, John Evans has 8 Guiness Book world records to his name, as well as other records.
Aerating his compost tea with a specific collection of ingredients is the secret to his success. Perhaps a bottle of his product will supply interesting bacteria...
see this 10 min. vid by John Evans

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ley farming & foggage farming


Ley farming was once THE basic source of good soil (in the era previous to chemical fertilizers). The basics are simple: you allow a pasture to be grazed. The grazing plus manure from the animals gives the best quality soil. Pastures are kept for any length of time but after about 3 years one might use the soil for gardening.

One important addition to ley farming should be the use of many different kinds of grass. What i understand of it so far, that should be called foggage farming. When grasses with different root qualities are used simultaneously, the roots themselves serve to protect the soil from the hooves of the animals grazing them, particularly in dry or wet conditions and particularly with heavy animals.
At the ]Fordhall Farm Project as many as 45 species of grass have been counted. I believe the person who initiated this idea started with 20 different species. Some grasses root deep, others do so horizontally. Together they form a strong woven mat that protects the soil. For one, this allows pastures to be used all year (while mainstream farmers spend all summer harvesting hay which they feed their animals during winter).

Ley farming is so basic because it's simple, cheap, and easy. It doesn't require heavy work or heavy machinery to do heavy work. One doesn't till the soil and one doesn't harvest hay. Therefore, all one needs to arrange is water and animals to take advantage of the grass.

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biochar & terra preta


introduction to biochar [53 min. YouTube FAQ/Q&A]

I looked at the ]biochar article and video and found that very interesting.
This is very similar, and basically the same, as terra preta, a system that was extensively used in the Amazon area by ancient civilizations that successfully applied agriculture for hundreds of years in a region that naturally speaking has poor soil.
Take charcoal, dump it in compost tea or urine or something for 2 to 4 weeks, and add it to the soil. It's about giving the ground a basis in which mycelium can prosper [bacteria and fungal flora being what feeds plant roots, similar to how bacteria in our gut feed us].
This ancient technique turns dead land fertile and stays active for decades. In it's simplest form, one takes the charcoal left over from a fire, soaks it, and adds it to the ground intended for agriculture. The above link shows a video in which they intentionally produce charcoal for biochar (/terra preta).
Only problem on the island is that the amount of wood for burning is limited. Not sure how smaller wood, i.e. sticks, work as a source for the charcoal they have in mind in this link.

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no-till gardening


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'Dalai Lama of permaculture': Masanobu Fukuoka

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