Eva Taylor wrote:I too am wondering about the paramagnetic rock dusts and biodynamic farming. It sounds like the two are vital to do together. Leila if you are still around how did things go with all of your additions?
Leila Rich wrote:
I haven't had the soil retested yet, so it's hard to answer. I'll be getting a test mid-spring, when the soil guys have woken up again.
We had a very bad drought this summer, making plant growth was pretty poor. Who knows what things might have been like with a different weather pattern?
I actually just had a big winter clean-out and put down the last of the calcium, activated charcoal and rock dust, along with masses of compost.
By the time the main planting season arrives, hopefully the microbes will have started making nutrients available.
This won't be very helpful, but I haven't had pest problems for a few years. When the garden was new and the soil health and organic matter low I had issues, but not now. It's impossible for me to guess what did what, but I'd say it's a bit of everything. I have no difficult weeds, and areas I want to have weed-free are heavily mulched.
Eva Taylor wrote:I know without the soil test its hard to know what you have, but have you noticed a reduction in pests or weeds?
I sent it to a lab. I haven't seen kits here, but from what I've read, they're notoriously inaccurate. Lab testing is expensive here, but I think most US state universities have highly subsidised testing available.
Eva Taylor wrote:Also did you buy the test or send samples away? The testing kits seem so expensive.
I just broadcast it, then piled compost and mulch on top. I imagine composting it might make minerals more available, but I have a slow pile at the moment and I think I'm better off passing it through the worms!
Eva Taylor wrote: How did you apply the rock dust? Onto the surface, or incorporate it into your compost?
Eva Taylor wrote: Are your gardens fenced? It would be nice to think that if you truly get as close to balanced as you can be, that Mother Nature eases up the the animal destruction as well.