John Saltveit wrote:THis is a great discussion.
I assumed that people knew that you had to add organic material in order to get the TCEC Total Cation Exchange ?. It is the process of having added and continuing to add it that builds the soil food web. This means that your soil can absorb the minerals that are added. I read Steve Solomon's book, "The Intelligent Gardener" and some other soil science materials. The minerals won't just flush down to the water table if you have humus, organic material and a soil food web, but that doesn't mean you have the minerals. Yes, Dillon, mine were pelletized, so it comes in slowly. Also, I added some and then added some the next year, so as to not shock the soil food web. Elaine Ingham is making a controversial statement when she says it doesn't matter. Many scientists disagree with her. She started soil food web, inc., but I believe that now she is chief scientist at Rodale, Organic Gardening magazine publishers in PA.
I don't till because I know it's bad for the soil food web and the mycorrhizal fungi. I spread it out in the fall and cover it with yearly wood chips. Oyster shells are good for avoiding the worst forms of severe calcium deficiency, but they are so slow that you will have sufficient calcium for your grand children. That's not my goal. I am working on mineral balance, ph balance, humus, and soil food web all at the same time, trying to develop all of them. It doesn't make sense to me to say wait ten years until you have perfect humus in your soil. Then you can start on one of the others. I can't wait that long.
Don Dufresne wrote:
The bindweed is perhaps natures way of restoring equilibrium to those mulched areas, unfortunately. Once you are successful in removing the bindweed, you'll probably have to deal with another invasive plant.
John Saltveit wrote:I believe that shasta daisies are accumulators of calcium. So is plantago major, plantain weed, which is edible (I eat it regularly). I wonder if having a diversity of dynamic accumulators of calcium may offset the dominance of morning glory/bindweed.
Ola Kindom wrote:I haven't experience with it but it sounds like an awesome plant if it can be controlled.