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16 ways to kill all living beings on earth within 100 years


Feb 1 2015 I have updated this to read easier…. 16  ways to kill all living beings on earth within 100 years 16 ways to kill all living things on earth within 100 years…… (please note, originally it was 50 … Continue reading

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It’s Alive! Secrets of a living soil


It’s Alive!

So far I have told you about Brix and how minerals affect the readings levels. I have gone over the relationship between bacteria and minerals. I have also explained how bacteria and the root system work together to get the minerals to the right place.

Now I am going to go over with you some ways to  get the minerals into the plants.

There are two ways to get minerals needed by plants:

The first and fastest as well as easiest is to apply through foliar spraying onto the leaves and trunk.Trees and most plants are much like humans in that they can absorb nutrients thru their “skin”.

Another way to get minerals to the plants is to provide it in the soil. Compost should be rich in minerals and bacteria. This is the main reason we make compost to provide the proper condition for bacteria and minerals to get together and produce these minerals in the form that the plants can then use.

The best time to apply compost is during these next few months. Since we are lucky enough not to get snow, we can use that to our advantage. Compost applied now will have plenty of time for the bacteria to eat up any minerals and slowly make its way to the trees, plants root hairs where it will be absorbed by a type of fungi that live only on plant root hairs. Mycorrhizal fungi live in a symbiotic relationship with plants to extract nutrients and water. These fungi are living organisms that live with the plant, for its entire lifetime. In exchange the plant provides carbon and sugars to the fungi. 90% of all land plants employ this relationship to enhance their own root system’s capacity to deliver nutrients.

If you have property then you should be applying rock dust, compost and mulch  (make sure the mulch is Azalea/Gardenia mix).

If applied now, any rains will soak it into the ground for better absorption. Here in Malibu, we have a nice source of rock dust at our local Garden Center. Its Called Gypsum. While it is not a complete rock dust, it is  very high in calcium and natural sulfur as well. This will help break down the clay soil that we have here as well as allow for better drainage. The Calcium is a very important mineral needed by plants. Best used in conjunction when making compost. Gypsum can also be made into a tea and sprayed. I add 1 cup gypsum , 1 cup compost into a panty hose and tie into a ball. Place into 5 gallons clean water for a few days. Then add to sprayer and spray all your plants. Best if done once per month for most plants, vegetables can be done weekly.

Additional ways to get minerals to plants is to buy liquids that are rich in minerals and spray those. Try liquid seaweed, fish emulsion, liquid organic fertilizers enriched with minerals, special mineral enzyme products such as Superseaweed, Nitron or Agri-Gro are good also.

The second way to provide minerals besides using compost is to provide the bacteria a place to inhabit. These I call Tree Vents. I use clay drain pipes that are about 4 inches wide and about 1 or 2 feet long. These are buried even with the ground and inside is placed either compost/rock dust mix or any organic fertilizer that is also enriched with the proper bacteria, mycorrhizal fungi.

Happy New Year!

Andy Lopez

Invisible Gardener

Any questions? Email me andy@invisiblegardener.com

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Climate Change – Ice Age?


And now for something completely different:

I have been getting this question a lot so here it is. Q and the A

Why do you say that this current global warming will lead to another Ice Age?

Good Question Everyone!

I am glad someone is listening, so here is my answer again…
The last ice age was called the Little Ice Age and lasted for 500 years. Think Washington crossing the Delaware with ice bergs! Or think Napoléon Bonaparte and the harsh winters he and his armies had or the English war where their armies were almost destroyed by the worst winter they had ever had.
What brought this about?
The cutting down of trees in Europe caused a global warming called Medieval Warming period. The Medieval Warm Period (MWP), Medieval Climate Optimum, or Medieval Climatic Anomaly was a time of very warm climate lasting from about AD 950 to 1250. It was followed by a cooler period termed the Little Ice Age for about another 300 to 500 years or from AD 1500 to about AD 1800. Global Warming is always followed by Global Cooling. Why you ask and how does that affect us now?

Ok here we go…

First off, if you think that just cutting down most of Europe’s forest could cause a 300 plus ice age without having cars and other pollutants, then imagine what we are doing now. Secondly we need to think at least 7 generations down the road and how what we do affects them.

Here is the mechanics of warm followed by cold.

What causees the climate changes? What causes Winter, Spring , Summer and Fall? Motion of earth in relation to the sun, etc has a lot to do with it.
It warms and cools the earth’s oceans. This is normal. We have always had warm periods followed by cold periods.

Here is why

Salt water (ocean) sinks when cold and rises when hot. However Fresh water (ice bergs, glaziers etc) does not.

We owe our climates to the Gulf Stream which relies on what salt water does to cause the stream or current to circulate. It is this circulation that cause the changes in our weather. Damage the Gulf Stream in any way and our weather changes to produce a continuous cold.

How is the Gulf Stream damaged? As it gets warmer, it starts to melt the Glaciers which are fresh water. As more and more fresh water gets melted into the ocean, the fresh water stops the Gulf Stream circulation. Bingo Ice Age!

The length of the Ice Age is determine by the amount of fresh water dumped into the ocean and how long it takes to get the salt levels back up to normal.
Speaking of fresh water, many folks have mentioned to me and I have seen many articles which states that certain places like the article, the glaciers are getting bigger! They suggestion that maybe it is not warming after all?
Here is the thing:
First off remember that the Glaciers are fresh water. Then remember what I said about how salt water and fresh water act differently when cold? Well , it also happens that fresh water freezes at higher temps then salt water freezes and so with all that fresh water melting, it will freeze over faster and make a thin layer of ice that will eventually build up during heavy water but melt again during hot summers.

We are cutting down more and more trees then ever before. The world was basically covered with enough trees that they absorbed any carbon dioxide and returned oxygen. Where is the forest America had once, where is the forest in other countries? And now we are adding cars, planes things that increase the carbon and other gases with not enough trees to absorb it. The ocean absorbs it and it gets warmer but it doesn’t help because fresh water isn’t affected that way, and sea life cannot handle the warm fresh water either. Add Plastics and other toxins and we have a great soup that affects us all.

Right now, if all humans were to leave the planet, it would take the earth hundreds if not thousands of years to recover.

We are not that far away from an Ice Age (big time), each winter it will get colder and colder as there is more water in the air and around from the heat. Eventually the cold winter will last all year(s).

While you and I and maybe our children may not see this Ice Age, it will effect the whole world in years to come in the amount of damage (i.e. length of the Ice Age) but also wether humans will survive it.
Andy Lopez
Invisible Gardener
Any questions? Email me andy@invisiblegardener.com

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More Gardening Questions


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Gardening Questions

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A Reader has a few questions:

I very much enjoy your articles on gardening in the Malibu Surfside News.- – -

My question is, where in the process do I add the rock dust you mention in many of your articles?  How much? 

Answer:

Best to mix it with the compost as you add it. A good amount of rock dust would be 1 lb per bag of compost. Actually the compost should have been made with rock dust to begin with! You can order a 50 lb bag from AgroWin in Encinitas, shipped to you. Peaceful Valley Farm supplies in Grass Valley North Ca , sell palletized azomite which is easier to apply. I personally use both. Actually I buy 5 different types of rock dust from various places around the world to insure a complete mineral blend.  I also buy Gypsum locally here in Malibu from Anawalt lumber. It is also another form of rock dust. I would mix it together to get a pound of a rock dust blend to go into the beds.  The key here is live compost. Almost everything sold in the stores in plastic bags is not alive with the proper microbes needed for proper assimilation of the rock dust. Aged horse manure is one good source of these microbes , thats why making your own compost or knowing someone that does, is very important. In Malibu, I know of one good source of home made live compost that comes with its own source of earthworms, too. I’ve had it tested for microbes and the lab went nuts with all the variety of microbes it found. Remember, the bacteria eat first and it is their “poop” that the plants eat.

Question:

Do I add a layer of compost near the top of the planter?  I kind of envision a bottom layer of rich compost that deep roots will eventually find, and a layer of compost near the top of the planter to provide early  nourishment to the seedlings.  We want to grow vegetables. – – -

We are total novices at this.  From what I’ve learned, we should install a drip irrigation system.  I very much value your input on this.  We are a totally organic household, no plastics, filtered water, no chemicals.  Both planters have water spigots right next to them.  

I’m not sure if the salt air will impact what we can grow.  Any experience with this?

We are so excited to get started, but, we really want to get it set up correctly to maximize how well our plantings do.  

Sincerely,

James and family

Answer:

Install the drip system using the new types of drips on market which allow you to bury it. Place about 2/3 way up from bottom of bed. I would have a few heads that go to watering above with rest below soil. The salt from the ocean should not damage your vegetables, you will just need to learn which varieties do well in this type of climate. Just make sure they get plenty of direct sunlight, out of wind, and do not over water. Having compost rich bottom layer and rich top layer sound good but seeds do not like it too rich. I would instead mix evenly the compost with the potting soil and add as a top layer of mulch, azalea/gardenia mix. This is actually a great earthworm castings mix with essential Mycorrhiza. Great for both seeds and plants to get started on!

Enjoy your Organic Garden.

Andy Lopez

Invisible Gardener

Any questions? Email me andy@invisiblegardener.com

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