Re: [fukuoka_farming] Digest Number 421
> some practitioners believed the elements were already there in the soiland
> only needed a healthy soil population of microorganisms in order to makeyes and i am completelly for this idea but also not all soils are suitable
> what them available to the plants. This is a fundamental question and
> penetrates to the heart of natural versus conventional farming.
to all plants so from the starting point where we divert from the native
population and introduce plants established as a species on very differents
mother rock ....
> could even be a case where the addition of the rock powder disrupted thei agree totally with that also and so am not for using dolomits for ex that
> natural balance so that the microorganisms might cease to cycle the very
> mineral elements the rock powder added - any additive is to be used with
> caution, in small quantities and only ever as a mulch and never turned
are not present at all naturally in our part of the world ( that i know
f ) i am using rock powder from well drilling from neighbours ( so of the
same nature that the rocks i am working on .
I am also creating artificial garden beds directlly on rock bluffs where
soil didn't have the time to be created naturally , i bring raw organic
material of any kind that occur naturally ( no cardboard etc but twigs,
leaves, lawn clipping, feathers or whatever i put my hand on , ) and the
addition of rock powder makes the soil building up quicker .I also use a
thin layer of earth to recover a newlly made bed to have something to sow