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  • #46815

    ladyapril
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    Do you want bigger plants in your garden? Put lava rocks in your soil–that is how I got a zucchini so large, we actually named it monstro lol!! Lava rocks help soil retain moisture, add to soil structure, boost microbe activity and improve crop health and yields. It can also help create an “oxygen pumping effect” which can allow for your plants to get to quite large.

    #46819

    WrethaOffGrid
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    That must mean I should have mega monster plants, there is a lot of volcanic rocks naturally where I live :)

    Actually that makes sense… thanks for the input, keep it coming.

    Wretha

    #46827

    beast
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    sawdust does a lot of the same thing, so will any organic matter added to your soil
    the problem i can see with lava rocks tho is they will be hell on a rotary tiller
    if you just use a plough though its no big deal

    #46828

    WrethaOffGrid
    Keymaster

    I don’t till, I use the Ruth Stout method of gardening… :)

    Wretha

    #46832

    beast
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    id like to but my garden is underwater too often and the soil acidifies and compacts something fierce
    if not for tilling id have to buy a lime processing plant

    #46838

    ladyapril
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    It started because we had a patch of rocky dry dirt in our backyard-(we didnt think anything would really grow in it because of all the rocks. One day we planted somthing kind of as a joke(but to our suprise the plant flourished)Now I plant there and get ginormous plants.(there is a lot of compost from years of ivy leaves? being there..so that might have been a factor as well)

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