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Lucy Gabzdyl

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since Apr 27, 2013
Canet lo Roig, Castellon, Spain: Mediteranean:cool wet winter, warm to hot dry summer
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eric fisher wrote:

I only have access to vermicompost (it's too hot and too dry here to do ordinary composting). I have been making worm compost teas using molasses originally and now have managed to get humic acid and an organic seaweed solution. Any other suggestions? Did try to get fish hydrolyste but couldn't find it locally. I would particularly like to increase the fungal element. I just make the tea in a 5 litre bucket with a bubbler for 36 hours.



Hi Lucy,

You can go a long way with just vermicompost, it is one of those things that is in the awesome category if you look at some of the stats. With your suggestions you already have many of the bases covered.  I would go easy on the molasses because even though it helps generate microbial activity it is not so good for diversity which is something you should aim for. Really your question is very open ended if you have a look a the wild plants you have to hand and know what proportion of essential/beneficial elements they contain you can tailor preparations. For a balanced prep you need the big 3 (NPK), then plenty of micronutrients and traces. It is best that whatever you put in has already broken down and been properly composted or been decomposed in some other suitable way such as whizzing it up finely and encouraging some worm action. Just curious now what kind of food web you have where you are and how these critters could be encouraging to participate in your project.

For a fungal element you could proprietary fungal spores or find some oyster mushroom spores,  but often they need more preparation measures to get things going. You could also try adding some leaf mold to your mix. Alternatively if you want a greater fungal element you could try the IMO (Indigenous Microorganism Tea) method.  For a greater fungal presence it could be as simple as extra woodchip to mulches that have not been treated with retardants etc.



Hi Eric

Thanks so much for your detailed supply and will be checking out in detail your IMO and other suggestions.I am loving this thread.  I'm new to Castellon so it's been a huge adjustment! Sooo dry it's the ants breaking down the wood! (I had wondered why my seeds weren't coming up, until my partner found the ant nest FULL of my seeds, had to admire their ingenuity and hard work as they had moved them quite a distance.) Our village is renowned for having the most millenario olive trees - over 1,300! They grow olives, carobs and almonds. Unfortunately with the EU laws they have to keep the soil bare!!! So most spray with glyphosate, although we now have a growing number of young organic farmers 4 certified and a couple who can't afford to go the certification route. Luckily my plot, not yet developed, has not been worked for 30 years and one of my neighbours has just gone organic, plus I have unworked plots on 2 other sides, so it's only my south boundary that might get some trickle down glyphosate. Sorry, that was a bit long winded but it all impacts my soil food web. I would love a microscope, finances permitting to actually see what's in my worm tea, but opted to do a foraging course instead :) As you say the worms are just amazing (10,000 woofers hard at work LOL) I decided they already had all the science worked out for me.

Thanks again and good luck with the book it sounds awesome!
Lucy
4 months ago
Welcome Eric <3

I only have access to vermicompost (it's too hot and too dry here to do ordinary composting). I have been making worm compost teas using molasses originally and now have managed to get humic acid and an organic seaweed solution. Any other suggestions? Did try to get fish hydrolyste but couldn't find it locally. I would particularly like to increase the fungal element. I just make the tea in a 5 litre bucket with a bubbler for 36 hours.

Thanks
4 months ago
This episode of Remedy is totally dedicated to Lyme disease (his son caught it during the filming of the series and has been cured using the techniques in this episode!

Only up for today!!!

https://remedy1.thesacredscience.com/episode5apl

Hope it helps
Lucy
1 year ago
The tools look fantastic and the belt had me drooling! Unfortunately you don´t ship to Spain
1 year ago
Hi Adam

I´ve messaged Will Loughran on FB and he's happy to connect. Do you have a FB page, let me know what name you go by. I´m just under lucygabzdyl.

A blog would be a great idea. Keep me posted.

Kind regards to you and your wife

Lucy and David
1 year ago
Hi

Sounds fantastic!!! Look forward to hearing more, do you have a FB page, blog or website? I bought a small finca 1.8 hectares in Canet lo Roig, although still renting house in the village for the present. I too love permaculture and have just finished my online PDC with Geoff Lawton - he is sooo amazing learned loads! One of the TAs (Teaching assistants) was Will Loughran who was very helpful and he lives in Tenerife so might be a great contact for you. He is on Facebook as Will Loughran.

Good luck with all your projects!
Lucy

PS My parents were Polish although I was born in the UK and now I feel very Spanish
1 year ago
Hi Molly and Clare
Welcome!
Was wondering if you had ever come across underground rammed earth house building? Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton say it´s the cheapest and quickest way to build following a ring/turkey nest dam/pond design making it flood proof, fire proof etc. I'm looking for anyone with info on the subject and experience building. Would love to build here in Spain and run it as a workshop so looking for a facilitator Would plan on using a digger for the main excavation rather than doing it by hand.
Any help / info would be most welcome.
Thanks
Lucy
1 year ago
I have 2 maritime containers and am looking for the simplest and cheapest way to collect rainwater from them.

Is anyone doing it? If so please let me know what has worked for you. Thanks
I want to build a rammed earth house below ground using a turkey nest or ring dam construction. Both Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton have said it is the cheapest and
quickest way to build and it´s flood proof and fire proof!
Geoff has built one for a prepper but unfortunately he isn´t in touch. I would love to connect with anyone who has built one as I need expert advice.

If you haven´t come across this type of construction before, the idea is you excavate a trench around the house site which will become your wall, you then excavate
the centre (the house) putting the most appropriate subsoil in the trench which the digger keeps compacting until you reach the desired height.  
You end up with a mainly underground house. You can put windows at the top under the roof, or cut out walls for door and windows.

Ideally, I would love to build one as a workshop to benefit from expert advice and to share the experience with others. It could be filmed.

I´m living on the East coast of Spain in Castellon some 30 km inland.

Would love to hear from you. Thanks
Hi Sebastien
Have sent you an email.
Lucy



1 year ago