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I agree that there's not enough education about toxins in our soil, especially not the removal of them. But I hope to eventually talk more about the topic... While researching my topic of choice, electroculture, I learned about toxic soils and how they can be cleaned using phytoremediation, or in my case, electrophytoremediation. In phytoremediation, soils are cleaned using certain types of plants known as "hyper-accumulators" which are capable of absorbing large amounts of soils toxins ranging from hydrocarbons to heavy metals like zinc and lead. When I started creating my own gardens, digging up the overgrown ivy in my yard I found an assortment of old auto parts and some electronics that were buried... what toxins or chemicals lay hidden within my soil? Of course I could (should) get a soil test. At the same time, I could start growing hyperaccumulators like sunflowers - check out the list at wikipedia: With electrophytoremediation, the process is accelerated, allowing you to remove soil toxins at a faster rate through modest use of electricity.
That's a cool idea... I like the idea of giving plants additional lighting along their length.
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2012 on Floor Lamps for Floor Plants at Inside Urban Green
It really is interesting the amount of good information from over a hundred years ago that isn't even looked at today! As a lazy gardener, I am very interested in better irrigation practices and look forward to exploring your site further, especially regarding SIP. I've become obsessed with the mechanisms behind electro-horticulture, the study of growing plants with electricity for the purpose of accelerating plant growth and boosting yields by up to 400%. My website, talks about all of this. It would be really cool to combine these two old growing methods together into one system!
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