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Bryant RedHawk

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Part Nakota, part Irish. The Nakota took over long ago but still lives in two worlds, the European world and the first people's world. He lives on a small (15 + acres) piece of mother earth deep in the woods. Was trained in the cooper's arts as a child, since the family owned a cooperage. He has been a carpenter, and timber wright but love all aspects of farming.He holds a BS in Chemistry and Biology and a MS in Horticulture. Worked for the USDA for 16 years. Then PHD in Microbiology defended. Redhawk and his wife Wolf are setting up to be fully self sustaining, growing all their own foods and collecting rain water. "Soon we will be self sustaining and closer to being off the grid" he said when asked about future plans. They continue their own research both in Agriculture and soils with the hope to make the world more like it used to be, before mankind began screwing up the Earth Mother. This is the only way humankind will survive, we must fix what we have broken.
Arkansas - Zone 7B/8A stoney, sandy loam soil pH 6.5
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4 weeks ago
This is one of those subjects where your results may vary, applies. In conifer forests acidity will be higher. But! Most ash will add a base component as rains leach the ash into the soil, it will not change the acidity because the root systems won't have burned completely which allows for a dying release of acidic exudes. Hard wood forests produce highly basic ash (soap producing lye) if it's a mixed forest then expect patches of alkaline soil and patches of acidic soil.

Redhawk
1 month ago
Make sure the mulch is at least 6 inches from the trunk of the tree, fresh Coffee grounds as in my post above will either kill or force the colony to move.

Redhawk
1 month ago
While fungi do a good job of gathering contaminants, bacteria are what make those contaminants un accessible to plants. The enzymes of bacteria allow recombination into stable compounds. Soils that have both, large hyphae counts and species as well as large numbers of beneficial bacteria will remediate soil contamination faster and better for our needs.

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Benji brought up many great points about this subject/ process.
3 months ago
Hau Jay, as you said atoms normally are the base. Compounds are made of multiple atoms bound together by electrical bonds, the stronger the bonding the more stable the compound, water is a fine example of this property. In soil remediation we are looking to get rid of contaminants, not just gather them to respread them for food plants to take in. Lead is able to replace other, beneficial atoms in the hu.an or other organisms, in humans the most affected area is the brain, nothing good will happen when lead takes the place of the intended atom our bodies need.  Hope that helps.

Redhawk
3 months ago
I would simply use the Chips, as they decay they will build you soil. They are great for Potatoes since the chips can be the growing medium and weigh less than any soil covering, which makes harvest easier.

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4 months ago
Wow, I am speechless,  it is such an honor to see my name on this list, even more so to be listed so high on such a distinguished list.

Redhawk
6 months ago
The differences are horsepower and durability al I ng with size of material they will handle, along with speed of reduction and chip size.

Redbawk
6 months ago
The mesquite roots put out two potent allopaths while the tree is alive, once dead these compounds are no longer being made, but they are persistant on the soil for around a year. The wood can't make these exudates, only live roots.

Redhawk
7 months ago
Molds are not fungi, fungi generally do not effect the throat and a fungi would take days to become problematic if inhaled. Molds are more likely to cause respiration problems since their spores reproduce quickly. Dust from some wood species are known to cause respritory issues, the woods usually are either resinous or oily. It is proper caution to wear a mask when handling unknown woods like you can encounter in arborists chips, the N-95 type would be the prefered type of mask.

Redbawk
7 months ago