Bryant RedHawk wrote:Sorry it took so long to get back to this thread.
About the fungi and electricity.
Fungi respond to the electrical impulses that plants give off sometimes in conjunction with a release of exudates, by letting these impulses travel along the mycelium threads, this seems to signal bacteria and other organisms that are far away to come to where the signal originated.
This means that many more bacteria can come to service a plant than what would be in the immediate vicinity of the plant.
Fungi also respond to the electric charges that we call lightening in much the same way, so far I have been able to record the event and the strength of the charge but I still have to find out the maximum distance and which if any bacteria respond.
It is also possible that along with a lightening charge dispersal there could be a response to the accompanying ozone which is created by the lightening.
Since I am in the process of the work, I really can't say much more at this time.
Jay Angler wrote:Bryant Redhawk wrote:It's worse than that Dr. Redhawk. I remember reading at least two sources of composting instructions saying specifically to *never* add soil to one's compost heap. Since I've never been very impressed with my composting efforts, we're going to try your way! Thanks!
Almost never do those who write about compost heap making remember to bring up soil as a component of a good compost heap.
Jay Angler wrote:It's worse than that Dr. Redhawk. I remember reading at least two sources of composting instructions saying specifically to *never* add soil to one's compost heap. Since I've never been very impressed with my composting efforts, we're going to try your way! Thanks!
Bryant RedHawk wrote:Manures for hot composting, in the order of "hotness":
How's that Dennis? I tried to cover all the manures we would normally have access to.
Brad Hengen wrote: This is a very interesting thread and concept.
I have a large pile of biomass in a little spot in one of my fields. It contains a mix of grass, leaves, Spruce, Cedar, Juniper, all sorts of wood shavings, and a mess of other stuff I cannot remember. At the moment I do not have access to a loader to cover it with soil but that That is the plan.
My only comment is that some folks may misinterpret the reason to prevent carbon dioxide from leaving the heap.
Carbon dioxide is not pollution, and is extremely beneficial in the atmosphere. And although carbon is very important in the soil, and a great fertilizer, it is also very healthy for the planet to have significantly more CO2 in the atmosphere than we have now.
The earth absolutely thrives at CO2 levels 10 times higher than today! This is proven by science.
Carbon in the soil and CO2 in the atmosphere, the more the merrier!
CO2/carbon feeds the world