Purity Lopez wrote:I just have a salt filter system with a UV light. Works great here in the desert.
Cindy Haskin wrote:
the easiest way I've found to add magnesium to my diet is to make "mineral water" with Epsom salts. My well water is naturally low in magnesium, and I found a calculator online to tell me how much Epsom salts I need to add to reach 50ppm. It tastes delicious!
I've looked for ways to increase magnesium intake. What I've read all says that forms of "by mouth" don't normally get absorbed in sufficient quantity to be worth a plug nickel! I haven't tried any of the magnesium oil skin products; I think a good old fashioned bath soak (or foot soak if the tub is a problem) works just fine. I like the way my skin is extra soft when I get out of the bath after soaking in epsom salts.
Please post a link to this calculator you use. Do you need to know where your levels are at to begin with? I don't drink tap. In my area the tap water tastes awful. I've found a good-tasting water at a local water store that has some awesome filtration. They have a jar of water that has what they say is the crap filtered out of their water. I'm not naïve enough to accept that at face value, because marketing happens. But the water tastes the best in this area, so I have to accept that their marketing tool could in fact be true!
I regularly add azomite to my growing beds to boost the available micro-nutrients, perhaps once each year. I grow now in raised beds because my back won't allow me to get to ground level up and down and up and down... Are there any other nutrients you might recommend I add?
This is a great thread. I've long known that what you put into your growing soil you will also get out of it. The old adage "you reap what you sow" has never been truer!!
Kevin David wrote:
Bryant RedHawk wrote:
Christopher Shepherd wrote:I believe the nutrition is much better growing with the proper biology, but how do I prove it. I see the health benefits in people that have always grown their own food. Do you know or have a place to actually test for micronutrients? Is there a lab that might be cost effective? Every time I try to explain this to people I get funny looks. I would like to take a store bought tomato and a home grown one and actually see the results of why one has taste and the other doesn't. I would also like to test our old line of corn.
You should be able to find a Laboratory that does organic tests, those outfits would be able to do the testing for nutrient content and quantities. A google search for "Organic testing laboratories" or some similar wording should bring them up.
Has anyone done a test like this? I’m trying to find some evidence—whether it be scientific literature, or a post on permies—that someone has managed to increase the micronutrient content of their food. In particular, I’m interested in increased levels of magnesium.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:hau S. Lowe, yes indeed systems such as you describe are getting to where they can get flavonoids into their crops. And there are easy ways to tell that bacteria and fungi are present in their system.
If there are worms present in any hydroponic system then there are bacteria and fungi. We know this because worms go where the food is and they eat bacteria and fungi.
There are several companies that have developed a system for hydroponics that gives bacteria and fungi places to live and that means the organisms primary to plants being able to take up nutrients in the proper form are present and working.
The hydro farms that are using these companies systems are producing better tasting foods and they also last longer on the shelves in the produce department.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:Urine is Urea, not the best thing in the world for microorganisms since fresh it has anti fungal/ anti bacterial properties which means the urine will kill off the bacteria and fungi you are trying to propagate in quantity.
s. lowe wrote:I'm a big fan of sea-crop, and shipping is free on single gallons direct from the manufacturer, sea-crop.com.
Its not as convenient as dry salt but its incredibly effective in my experience. I use it at 2-2.5 ml per gallon and usually spread it around the garden a couple times a year. Usually I just add it with compost tea so I don't add another time that I'm feeding liquid stuff