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Old 02-24-2015, 08:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Homemade mix (sorta)

Your choice of carbon will rob the plants of Nitrogen for the first few years, then the process will reverse. In the meantime you can supplement with the nitrate form of Nitrogen. Keeping the soil pH in the 5.8 to 6.4 range will be key.

Carbon is essential for plants in two ways.
  1. As a nutrient it is typically obtained through the atmosphere (CO2). Any uptake of other forms through the roots or foliar feeding must occur with Carbon in a chelated form.
  2. Complex carbonic acids (humic, fulvic, etc.) provide a conduit and "information" system to plants for nutrients. In particular, sandy soils and clay soils are poor medias for many plants but when the porosity is adjusted and "chemically organic" carbon compounds are introduced (esp. those with chelated electrolyte metals) then the soil fertility is greatly increased.
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