When to mineralize, bokashi vermiculture, OrganiCalc tips and tricks, deficiencies.  Thanks to everyone!
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Thanks for the feedback, everyone!
We're happy to say that OrganiCalc's recommendations seem to be working well for everyone we heard from.  We've put a few of your testimonials on our website.  If you have anything you would like to add, please email Erica.

Fall or Spring?  When to mineralize

Fall is a great time to add amendments that need time in the soil in order to become available.
  • Ag lime
  • If you need to move cations out with sulfur, then add sulfur before the rainy season
  • Ground rock products such as dolomite, langbeinite (SulPoMag), greensand
  • Rock phosphate or bone meal only if you have pH<7.0.  If you have higher pH, these are best added to the compost pile or worm bin.
Spring is a great time to add minerals that easily leach from the soil.
  • Boron
  • Gypsum
  • Sulfates such as potassium sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, magnesium sulfate, manganese sulfate
Minerals move by many mechanisms.  We've written a short article on the subject here.
Bokashi Vermiculture
Growing Great Fertilizer
Composting is the backbone of organic growing but it has its limitations - a tendency to build up potassium in the soil, a loss of carbon and nitrogen to the atmosphere, a home for rodents, etc. 

We've set up a system to do bokashi fermentation of kitchen waste to create a food supply for our worm bin.  The result is lots of high nitrogen, high beneficial microbe content, alive vermicompost in about two months from start to finish.

More about Bokashi Vermiculture here
OrganiCalc Tips and Tricks
We've added some new features to OrganiCalc
Two new check boxes...
  • If your Logan Labs soil test results are all in ppm, check the box.
  • A check box to cut the phosphorus application in half. Phosphorus is the most expensive element to supply and sometimes it makes sense to apply half now and half later, after re-testing.
Soil test depths other than 6 inches are now handled without consulting Erica. Just enter the depth (in inches) in the sample depth box and OrganiCalc does the math.
Nutrient Deficiencies
Sometimes it's difficult to tell what exactly is wrong with a plant, be it insect damage, a virus or lack of a crucial element.  We've put together a visual guide to nutrient deficienciesIt's interesting that different plant types will show similar symptoms for the same deficiency.
Our phone number has changed..  The new number is +1 (805) 441-6606.
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Everything you see has its roots
    in the unseen world.
The forms may change,
    yet the essence remains the same.

Every wondrous sight will vanish,
every sweet word will fade.
    But do not be disheartened,
The Source they come from is eternal—
growing, branching out,
    giving new life and new joy.

Why do you weep?—
That Source is within you,
and this whole world
    is springing up from it.

The Source is full,
its waters are ever-flowing;
    Do not grieve,
    drink your fill!
Don't think it will ever run dry—
This is the endless Ocean!

From the moment you came into this world,
a ladder was placed in front of you
    that you might transcend it.

From earth, you became plant,
from plant you became animal.
Afterwards you became a human being,
endowed with knowledge, intellect and faith.

Behold the body, born of dust—
    how perfect it has become!

Why should you fear its end?
When were you ever made less by dying?

When you pass beyond this human form,
no doubt you will become an angel
and soar through the heavens!

But don't stop there.
Even heavenly bodies grow old.

Pass again from the heavenly realm
    and plunge into the ocean of Consciousness.
Let the drop of water that is you
    become a hundred mighty seas.

But do not think that the drop alone
becomes the Ocean—
    the Ocean, too, becomes the drop!

Jelaluddin Rumi, "A Garden Beyond Paradise",
A Garden Beyond Paradise: The Mystical Poetry of Rumi
(translated by Jonathan Star), Bantam Books, NY, 1992, pp. 148-149
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