I made it along to BOGI on Thursday evening for once, It is an hour plus drive from downtown Park Ridge and I often don't make the effort, but I'm glad I did this time. Some of you might have seen the ABC news on Saturday where they also had a segment about the same subject - Palagonite. They showed Polo fields in Qatar, which have been treated with Palagonite and have great results getting grass to grow there.
Palagonite is a mineral mix formed by very specific volcanic activity. Mt Sylvia in Queensland has large deposits and organic farmers in the Lockyer Valley have been trialling it with very good results.
The Palagonite is being mixed with compost and then applied to the growing beds. It is (apparently) in a form that is much more bio - available to the plants than the other mineral mixes that we have all used previously. A supplier of compost to farmers in the area has reported that he can produce his compost in 3/4 of the time previously taken and that the results for the farmers he supplies have been very good.
He didn't feature on the news segment though as he didn't want to give away any secrets to his competitors.
BOGI (Brisbane Organic Growers Inc.) sell 20 Kilos for $20, a saving from buying it from produce stores. I will try this and report back on results. Has anyone else out there tried this yet? Please tell us of your experience with it if you have.
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