Critics often ask where’s the research on organic techniques?. Well, there’s plenty of it. Let me tell you about one research project - my daughter’s science project during high school. Logan – she was my 17 year old announcer on my talk show. She did an interesting study on lava sand a while in high school.
Here are the details.
A few years ago for Logan’s science project she planted radishes and elbon rye both from seed in 6” pots. I don’t recommend sterile potting soil but I recommended it to her in this case so that the fertility would be low. Half of the pots have nothing but the potting soil. The other half had one added ingredient - lava sand. All pots were watered the same. The day before the project was due, the pots were photographed and some of the plants were removed. The tops of the radishes were about the same, the grass in lava was taller and greener but the roots of both plants were significantly bigger in the lava amended potting soil.
The following year the test was repeating using garlic planted from cloves. Success again – lava sand won. It’s just one of the organic tools we discuss on my talk show.
Garlic in the Socks Science Project:
Students put a clove of garlic down inside one sock. It was only a few minutes before several of the kids started making faces about the strange taste in their mouths. Several minutes later almost all the children had the taste and smell of garlic. They were impressed with the teacher’s analogy that toxic pesticides can in a similar way absorb into the skin and move throughout the entire body. Very few people drop dead from a single pesticide application, but small exposures over a period of time are a great concern. Besides, we can control every insect and disease pest in the environment with natural diatomaceous earth, citrus oil, neem, baking soda, hot pepper, compost tea and other non-toxic products.