Lime Sulphur - the inside story
How to make Lime Sulphur
- Eugenio Gras' method
Lime sulphur is used to control and prevent infestations including fungal attacks, in crops. It can be made, outside, and with due care, by anyone, see video of Eugenio Gras demonstraing the process to some of his students at:
For convenient reference, the process and materials are detailed below.
DIY foliar plant feed
Various recipes are available on the internet for making plant feed and biofertilisers. Interest is growing in farm scale application for non chemical fertilisers you can make yourself (see Events for upcoming 2/3 days in Sussex with Eugenio Gras on Biofertilsers and DIY chromatography testing for fertioity).
From the simplest (take some Nori seaweed sheets and shred into a bottle topped upbwith non chlorinated water, steep for a week, dilute and spray on houseplants), to the full 6 week fermentaion job in large barrels taught by Eugenio Gras of the Regenerative Agriculture movement, there is a llot of information available.
An easy one to experiment with would be comfrey and brown sugar. This is from Drake Asaurus in Hawaii and exploits the ability of brown sugar to extert osmotic action on greenstuff to extract enymes, plant hormones and nutrients through the cell walls. It's a bit like lacto fermentation with salt. The natural yeats on the plant ferment using the sugar as energy, and in 3-7 days, the feed can be starined off and used, diluted, as foliar feed and soil nutrient source.
Fermented liquid plant food
Soil degradation and regenerative agriculture
How livestock can restire fertility
Decades of over-reliance on chemicals have robbed many arable soils of their life and fertility. With the organic matter gone the chemicals don't work any more. Many believe the best way to bring life back to degraded arable lands is to introduce pasture and grazing. Tom Chapman, is a grazing specialist who wants to bring big cattle herds back to the wheat plains of East Anglia. Read more at:
The EU moves to outlaw heritage varieties
Update on the EU plant law, the bill for which was passed on May 6
Full details from Ben at Real Seeds here
and, avaaz petition (please sign) at:
Although last minute amendments to the bill say that gardeners can save and exchange seed, the bill will go to the EU parliament for approval or modification. If we do not keep the pressure up things could be changed and made even worse. This outcome as it stands will restrict seed supplies and is a disaster. Please network above links.
Comment on the EU bill from organic farmer Julian Rose is below:
Farms and education - conference
Farms for Schools & FACE Joint Conference
Wednesday 5th June 2013 at Coleg Powys, Newtown
FACE and Farms for Schools are holding a joint conference on Wednesday 5 June at Coleg Powys, Newtown. It will provide an ideal opportunity to meet and hear from other farmers involved in educational activities. Whether you are just starting off or have been hosting visits for years there will be plenty of tips and ideas on how you can deliver safe and engaging educational days out.
Mae FACE a Farms for Schools yn cynnal cynhadledd ar y cyd ddydd Mercher 5 Mehefin yng Ngholeg Powys, Y Drenewydd. Bydd yn gyfle gwych i gwrdd â ffermwyr eraill sy'n gweithio gydag ysgolion. Os ydych chi'n cychwyn neu wedi bod wrthi am flynyddoedd, bydd digon o syniadau ar gyfer darparu diwrnodau allan sydd yn ddiogel, yn addysgiadol ac yn ddiddorol.
Cost £10 for FACE or FFS members, £20 for non-members. For more details see the attachment.