Angelika Maier

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since Jan 16, 2013
I love gardening, grow a lot of food herbs and fruit. I have chicken and ducks and run a small plant nursery - how blessed am I!
cool climate, Blue Mountains, Australia
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thanks! Unfortunately, I am not methodical and terribly unscientific, otherwise, I would treat two beds in a different manner and write up what I did. My partner believes no matter what science says that a vortex brewer would be advantageous, at least there is no filthy bubble stone to clean. So you believe it is not that important where you source your bacteria from diversity is the key. So there is nothing like gum tree loving bacteria and tomato loving bacteria and so on?
1 week ago
My soil tests a bit low for sodium and I do apply seawater every now and then.
1 week ago
A problem with the book is that it is terribly written, no very clear, repetitive and sometimes contradictive. That may be because of the translation.
Then it is Korean natural farming. I live in Australia, where indigenous people never did agriculture and for a good reason. Why should Aussie microbes which grow beautiful gum trees and banksias be good for growing cabbages and tomatoes? Wouldn't you need cabbage or tomato bacteria? I mean the bacteria needed to grow these spiny dryish species be good to grow our sappy whimpy vegetables?
The other thing is the reasoning behind not to aerate is basically to save a piece of equipment. So if I invest, say $50 for that and get great results why shouldn't I? Or do these ferments another thing than the bacterial brews? Maybe like Bryant said they bring a bigger variety of critters in than the aerated compost brews??
Is his reasoning stubbornness or is there science behind it?
1 week ago
I still don't get it. There is one school JADAM, where everything is fermented. No aeration. The other (around Bryant) says aeration is absolutely necessary. So who is right? CAn you combine both methods? Is JADAM only about saving the pump away?
1 week ago
If you use it on plants what dilution are you using? How much per m2?
1 week ago
Back to your setup with the compost tea brewer: I personally find your setup rather complicated since you use an aquarium pump and a paddle stirrer. Why did you opt for that rather than a vortex setup? Is it the price of the pump? Or do you believe that the intermittent stirring is better than stirring the whole time? I find it difficult when you're busy thinking of all this stirring.
1 week ago
There are pet friendly slug pellets which are ferrum soemthing (forgot). Do you have the contact of the previous owners and simply ask them which brand they used?
1 week ago
Bryant, in that other thread you mention that a vortex falls together as soon as you turn the pump off. So why do you still recommend a vortex brewer? An aquarium pump is a way cheaper. Or do you believe there is something about the vortex science can't explain?
edit: i now read the updates of the other thread and it's clear...
1 week ago
I would do another Logan test, it is not all that expensive if you are in the US. I find it is very difficult when you are not in the subject to work across with several sources.
I did that soil test and added P and see already better cabbages.
1 week ago
I recently did my first fig cuttings in summer. They rooted in no time at all. I always root cuttings in pure sand. As soon as they root I pot them in normal potting mix.
1 week ago