John Elliott wrote:
C Sanct wrote:@John Elliott
I was under the impression that any soil's mineral content contained all the elements needed for a plant. It's not so much the decaying matter (although whatever nutrients the organic matter had would presumably be made available also). The message I took from Ingham was that the compost isn't the "fertilizer" but rather it's the vessel carrying all the required microbes which would then solubilize nutrients and eventually turn them into their non-organic form that plants can take up. So if that's the case, then even when it's still "dirt" and not yet "soil" the nutrients are still all there, waiting to be worked upon by microbes. I'd like to hear more from you about nutrients from decaying matter vs. from mineral content of soil.
If the dirt is a jumble of many different types of sand, rocks, and gravel, there's a good chance all the micronutrients are there as well.
cobalt to make B12 comes almost entirely from animal sources, which is why it can be problematic for vegans. But it makes a great example for how we get nutrients from decaying matter than directly from the dirt.
Kitty Leith wrote:I have an appt. with Sustainable Economies Law Center next Monday
Please gather questions you might have so I can make the best use of my time with them!
Pierre Pépé wrote:
C Sanct wrote:This permies chat will be a good adjunct to permies.com
I think the regulars around here should probably join the group regardless of their intention of chatting or not. There's no loss in expanding our communication options, and communicating our thoughts about permaculture in real time could prove to be very valuable. I also think topics could undergo initial brainstorming in the chat and then be refined back at the forums
thanks C Sanct for the encouragements (sorry for my bad english) - what do you think of the "chat announcement draft" above ? do you think it s OK if we go with it ? should we post it in the "web sites" forum ? are you OK if I post it ? or maybe you d like to post it ?