Angelika Maier wrote:That sounds really logic. The compost is also important because of all the organic matter -weeds and the stuff he brings home, unfortunately nothing what usual compost making manuals tell. Lawn clippings that's not us. Kitchen scraps - How many kitchen scraps in comparison to huge weeds do we produce most go to the chooks anyway! They are inside only at night so not much bedding here either. But our weed piles are impressive! And looking at them they don't seem to belong fully in the 'green' category.
1. Should I Immediately try to replant the sides where we "killed" the ivy or let it sit?
2. If we let it sit should we lay cardboard down over they old root and cover it with wood chips; if we do will that continue to kill the Ivy? If the Ivy continues to die does the hill loose it's structure?
3. Our soil. I am chomping at the bit to get things planted. Do I till the soil and plant clover and leave it for the spring? Or do I leave the yard as is until I can afford soil test?
i thought you were native but didn't want to be rude and ask outright. Native peoples were permaculturists and keepers of the land long before the word was coined. i have some Micmac and Maliseet in my family and contribute that to my families love of growing and foraging for our food as well as preserving our natural world. our seasons would be named for what was there for the picking at the moment or when its was planting or harvesting time. i still label the times of year this way and have passed that on to my children. I'm so glad thingshave gone full circle and we once again are starting to put Mother Earth 1st. but we have so far to go. I'm grateful for your science and insight into the world of soil. it is almost a religious connection you have that makes you so passionate about the life in our soil. i look forward to your further posts on the subject! keep up the great work!
Bryant RedHawk wrote:I've covered a lot of information about how to improve soils and what we want mineral wise in that soil.
In essence we feed the soil so those microorganisms we desire to live in the soil have everything they need to thrive.
Doing this, we inadvertently provide superior nutrition for the plants we grow in that soil for food.
Another way of looking at it is that we feed the soil to feed our plants and thus feed ourselves.
The end result is that we end up with balance in the soil that creates balance in our food plants and the food those plants produce which creates balance within our bodies.
From all that, we become healthy and our bodies are able to fight off or kill off diseases that try to invade.
This is what is meant by the great circle of life, organisms are born, thrive, perish, decay which puts the nutrients that made up the organism back into the soil and the whole process begins again.
By building our soil, we can then focus on other things like developing the forest around us to also provide us with food, both plant and animal.
We can spend time away from trying to grow plants, they will do that all on their own because our soil gathers in and holds water and oxygen, the microorganisms recycle the minerals in the soil and feed the plants and the organisms that make soil out of dirt.
We have time to go fishing, hunting, read books, relax how we like to relax.
Our work load has been reduced because we build our soil, our health has improved greatly because we build our soil, our animals have improved health because we build our soil.
Life, becomes better because we build our soil.
As most here know I am a Native American, one of the first people (if your in Canada), I have been following the good red road for most all my life and I am an elder person (not a tribal elder).
My culture is one of balance, healing and caretaking of the earth.
This is because in my culture it is what we are supposed to do for if we don't do this our great, great, great, grandchildren will not have a place to live.
In my nation I have been referred to as having great medicine and healing for the people, it is just something that I was supposed to do and so I do it.
I hope that what I have shared in this thread is of use to all who read it, do feel free to copy it and save it for future reference should you want to do that.
I am sure I will do a few more threads of how to heal the earth mother.
pilamayaye (pee-lah-mah-yah-yea) thank you. and remember always Mitakuye oyas'in (We are all related).
I'm French Acadian Maliseet/ Micmac. my mother had enough blood in her to register with the Maliseet nation across the border in Canada but i was too far removed to be registered in either tribe. both tribes share the similar region, beliefs and language . they're often considered the same peoples. much respect sir!
Bryant RedHawk wrote:hau Steve, I am Nakota Sioux and Irish.
Angelika Maier wrote:I am really looking forward to that book. Australia could profit heaps. Please include gardeners, don't talk only about ploughs but hoes....
stephen lowe wrote:
Bryant RedHawk wrote:Teas are meant to be sprayed as a folar feeding. This is great if you are treating diseases or infestations, but not the best overall use of your compost.
Extracts are meant to be poured on the soil. This will condition soil quickly, get the organisms where we want them and it will help them populate the roots of the plants faster.
To be continued.
This is the statement that lead to my question, Redhawk. I apologize if I overstated the case, but I am curious as to why you think that teas are not the best overall use? I have always considered teas to be the most efficient way to use compost so I am curious to hear an opposing opinion from someone with your level of knowledge and experience working with the soil.
Indeed it is vastly different but that is because I am looking for a soil that will continue to break down the organic material so I don't have to keep adding more every year. Most soil scientist think 7% is plenty but go into a forest and take a good soil sample and see how much is organic matter.
Angelika Maier wrote:I really did print out the thread. And I think that all needs a bit more depth, detail and straightening up and it would make a great book!
1. When you write about biological content = 25% do you mean the organic matter content of your soil test? If so, you have a VERY different target than Solomon.
I like to remove all rocks larger than a golf ball (1.25 inches in diameter) if you are growing root crops, you might find anything over 1 inch is to large.
2. The rocks you refer to how big do you mean I usually throw stones in a bucket because they make my carrots crooked.
If your soil is lacking minerals, you need a method to get those back into the soil and that is what rock dust is for.
3. Rock dusts: once again Solomon has a different point of view and according to his calculations they are too much money for what you get - who's right?
This would depend on what you want to grow, most bush soil is great for growing eucalypts so if your plants need the same biology as those, then it would be appropriate to use bush soil.
4. You suggest taking a bit of forest soil for inocculation - what about Aussie bush soil? This is very different to normal forest soil - what would this do?
for a plant to ingest asphalt, the asphalt would need to have formed salts with minerals, since it is a tar product, I don't think you would need to be overly concerned, especially if you add fungi such as oyster mushroom spawn, the fungi are what help break down the tar as well as being the highway for bacteria to travel along, when the bacteria get to the asphalt, it will be broken into component parts (which are not tar).
5. Lucerne. It seems to be the best awesome cover crop. But in my case, I have fill over swamp, what would it do draw up the goodies or as well the more harmfull (asphalt) stuff with the goodies. The fill is approx. 1-1.5 metres high underneath is swamp.
Super soil is a soil that has good quantities of all the different organisms, it will grow any plant. If you want an area for just fruit trees, then you would add mycorrhizae to the root systems of those trees thus adjusting the microbiota of that area. Same goes for any type of plant that needs a specific set of organisms to thrive. Super soil has some of everything, not a perfect blend for a monocrop mind set.
Another question is super soil for what? Apart from different target levels according to whom you ask veggies probably need a different super soil than fruit or at an extreme Mediterranean herbs. Even some veggies need a different super soil than others.