In short, I am not a professional gardner, nor is this a true scientific study. I am just a believer in Nature's ways and have attempted to adopt them more and more. I feel an inherent trust in the clays, the herbs, the biological interactions between plant & soil and have the intent to cooperate with this natural process to every degree possible in the course of developing products that benefit the earth. Trusting in Nature's 5 billion years of product development, I feel confident that I need only assemble some of her very best resources - as unaltered as possible, and apply them to a purpose - in this case, the plants and soil around my home.
Similar to what any homeowner might do, I have merely taken what was existing in my yard and applied Liquid Gold Plant & Soil Revitalizer, and in some cases, Silica Rich Clay and self-grown worm castings to the plants and soil. I wanted to see what these products by themselves would do to improve on my slow growing, newly landscaped yard.
The soil quality is generally very poor, being mostly a hardpan cleche with a granite base within 12" and poor drainage. The yard had been mostly bare dirt for the last ten years due to the declining health of the previous owner. The altitude is about 2500 feet in a high desert environment, situated slightly up the side of a mountain. Nights get cooler here than at lower elevations and therefore plant growth is generally slower than at lower elevations. It is cold, wet and windy during the Winter with several inches of snow a few times each year, often just as Spring approaches. So the growing season is generally shorter than normal.
The 2007 test results below were designed to see what Liquid Goldand Silica Rich did for poor soil conditions. In contrast, beginning in June 2008 I decided to grow my first real garden, only this time with well composted organic soils. To check out the ongoing results of this garden planted in the back yard of a small 1/4 acre city lot, see our 2008 Garden Experiment and 2009 Garden Experiment to view the most recent pictures.
This is a lemon tree that was grown from seed during 2006 and kept indoors during the winter. Mid winter Jan '07, the soil was amended with Liquid Gold and watered in. 2 tablespoons per gallon of water was the dilution rate. While it was snowing outside and within 4 weeks after being amended, the lemon tree grew 8 inches with the large, dark green foliage as the new growth. Because the potting soil was of poor nutritional quality, come spring the older, smaller leaf growth had begun to yellow, although the leaves did not fall off at any point.
The smaller yellowing leaves did not appear to be affected by the addition of Liquid Gold (other than surviving the winter). Only new growth seems to be visibly improved - and what an improvement it is - with leaves 2-3 times the former size and more lush, healthy and vibrant! The indication is that the DNA of the plant's new growth has been improved.
Picture of a lemon tree showing large green growth on the top and smaller
yellowing foliage on the bottom and middle of the plant.
Close-up showing dark green upper leaves
Close-up showing dark green upper leaves
The soil alone (no aerial spray) was amended with Liquid Gold about 4 times throughout the Winter of 2006-7 before these pictures were taken in Mar '07. Characteristically, only new growth seems to be affected by Liquid Gold.
Japanese Spurge Fed Liquid Gold & Silica Rich:
The two plants on the right were given one application of Silica Rich and regular applications of Liquid Gold(about every 2-3 weeks). The control plant on the left was watered the same as the others but without additives. All plants came from the same nursery.
Australian Flax Fed Liquid Gold & Silica Rich:
Taken Nov 22, 2007, late Fall after Oregon's first freeze. The two plants on the right were given one application of Silica Richand regular applications of Liquid Gold (about every 3-6 weeks). The control plant on the left was watered the same as the others but without additives. All plants came from the same nursery. The experiment demonstrates the ability of Silica Richand Liquid Gold to improve plant health, color, strength of the foliage, survivability in harsh conditions, and increase the growing season.
Wisteria amended with Liquid Gold, Silica Rich and worm castings on one side of the arbor but not the other. Can you guess which side?
An archway with one side full of foliage and the other very slim on foliage.
Another photo showing more closely the abundance of foliage on one side.
The soil on both sides of the arbor was mostly hardpan clay, being formerly part of the walking area of mostly bare dirt and rock. Both sides were automatically watered everyday. Liquid Gold, Silica Richand worm castings were added to the side of the arbor adjacent the bricks, converting the soil into a biologically active nutrient delivery system for the plant. The majority of this growth has taken place in the last 6 months, even though the arbor and plants were installed about 12 months ago.
Here is the same wisteria 1 year later August 5 '08.
What's in Liquid Gold?
The new 2010 version of Liquid Gold Plant & Soil Revitalizer contains Silica Rich, Ormalite, a few other full spectrum clay mineral sources, worm compost wash, Mychorrizae, Humic Acids, & Sea Solids.
The above examples bring up some important questions worthy of thorough scientific investigation (stay tuned). Is it possible that the DNA and subsequent genes are being improved upon by the nutrients in the Liquid Gold and Silica Rich causing this exceptional growth? If they are able to do this for a plant, could this explain the remarkable benefits that humans are deriving from the use of the Mineral Manna and the Sacred Clay?
Dynamic Gardening Part 1 - Vermicomposting
Worms in Your Soil are the Prime Indicator of Soil Health
Dynamic Gardening Part 2 – Soil Composition
The Importance of the Soil's Biological Terrain, Soil Composition and Humus Soil Depth on Plant Growth
Dynamic Gardening Part 3 – Build Your Soil
How to Build Your Soil for Maximum Plant Health & Production
Dynamic Gardening Part 4 – Worm Castings
Worm Castings & Red Wrigglers – Your Garden's Best Friends
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