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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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Comment by Susan on April 9, 2017 at 18:25

sounds very interesting.  When is BOGI meeting next and I might get some as I am almost out of the rock dust I bought last time.  Also, as per Elaine - I didn't realise I needed to be using so much of it!!! I was just mixing in 2 -3 handfuls in my beds with compost ( I probably add more than 3 kg of compost though.)  Keep us updated too Roger, I'd be very interested to see how it goes.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 9, 2017 at 13:03

That is a huge amount of both the minerals and the compost! Would that I had so much compost that I could plaster it on that thick!

Comment by Roger Clark on April 9, 2017 at 12:59

Thanks Elaine,

The geologist giving the talk said it was most effective if mixed with compost at rate of 1kg per 3 kg of compost and applied per square metre of ground (if I remember correctly). Anyway the BOGI newsletter will tell me the amounts.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 9, 2017 at 8:54

It is used here in conjunction with Gypsum to renovate beds in between crops. Not having done a side-by-side trial, I cannot really comment on whether it is useful or not. Since I have mostly wicking beds I need to add more 'stuff' than if the plants were growing in the ground. I buy it locally at Redcliffe Produce Kippa-Ring in 15kg bags, forgotten price but even if more than $1 a kilo, having it truly local is a big advantage for me. The beds I have used it on seem to grow healthy plants and that's all I can be sure about.


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