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All these tests ..............
« on: December 16, 2014, 02:54 AM »
Well as the year comes to an end, the tests will be rounded up and observations noted in writing.

Much of this was started when Ms.Iris Cohen of the old IBC stated in 2009/2010, points on the Ball Bearing principle.
This was added to water retention, and air spaces in soil mixes.
Got mixes made up of rounded 5mm particles of silca based gravel, or Leca [ hydroponic pebbles ] or glass marbles or hand rolled earthenware clay spheres.

4 / 5 years down the road.
The local Ficus p. does very well in a simple mix of 5 mm gravel 90 % and home-made compost 10% by volume. The container is also less than 1.5" deep.

Also very well in 8 to 12 mm Leca 90% and compost 10 % any depth of container

Marbles for at 10 to 15 mm for ixora / tamarind [ same % as above to compost ]

Glass spheres at 3 mm with the Fustic [ same % as above to compost ]

We even tested road construction materials - blue limestone, and material from the Mayo quarries [ a clay / sand / iron / calcium originally formed under sea water ]

All grow the subjects well.

We even started some subjects off in inorganic material, adding the compost some months down the road to the surface of the soil, by the teaspoonful.

No difference, once the ball bearing idea, the water retention and air spaces [ qualities ] were kept.
Paul was right and is right.

Of course the growing will continue on for years to come just to see how it all goes.

We even tried composted Soymeal [ 6 or 7 N ] on inorganic soil mixes, as well as 1/3 strength Lawn Fertiliser Miracle gro and Phostrogen  [ say 12 % N ].

We will also test a J.B.pine germinated on 3 mm glass marbles and compost [ 10% volume ] let you know how that grows.

We stayed with the compost, because it represented the traditional way of fertilising / treating soil, as organic farming goes.
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