CkNugz "SS" recipe

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@CkNugz Thanks for sharing! I am going to start gathering ingredients soon!

Beyond the name…what exactly is rose and clear quartz? I assume it is in dust form to be such specific amounts. What function does it have? Is it a horticultural item or more chemistry based? In searching I am only coming up with jewelry. Lol.

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@OhanaFarmer quartz is just a crystalline form of silicon or silica dioxide to be more precise. Rose quarts is just pink because it has oxidized impurities in it. Generally heavy metals such as iron, titanium, and manganese. When these break down they also provide the oxide forms of their elements to the plant. Usually safe to use but takes much longer to break down than amorphous or biogenic forms of silica.

Clear quarts is just a purer form of quarts with less impurities that is almost 100% silica dioxide.

Both can be naturally occurring, but double check first if you buy some because they can be lab made too and potentially contain residual chemicals or artificial dyes not necessarily conducive to gardening.

Personally I’d avoid the crystalline silica all together and focus on the opaline or amorphous biogenic silicas like fresh water diatomaceous earth or certain forms of volcanic silica, or even pure opal if you can find it cheap enough. It breaks down faster, is more plant available, and won’t cause silicosis.

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@CkNugz seems like a good mix man. Still getting mine dialed in. Tweaked it a few times since we last spoke soil but I leaned toward the less is more approach. I began feeding my worms with rock dust as grit so I could potentially bypass having to add it in bulk to the soil and increased the leafy green feed for extra nitrogen.

Decided to start doing bokashi too so I’ll be adding my bokashi to my veggie compost to let it all finish out before I marry it with my worm castings and mix up my next soil batch. I’m excited to test it out soon. Hoping I’m not too heavy on the potassium and phosphorus this time. :joy:

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@OhanaFarmer been fishing!, Quartz is just the second most abundant mineral in the Earths Continental crust., is composed of silica as @MDBuds said, or “Water Ice” permanently frozen as @PlinytheElder said… Use in either crushed or pebble form., (Yes)… The “Function” would be (Alchemy)…, some may use even “Esoteric” & (sacred geometry)…:sunglasses:

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@OhanaFarmer Quartz will invigorate growth, plant strength & health benefits. ROSE QUARTZ: calms the body and mind, represents compassion & LOVE along with positivity. Can heal sick plants, protect them from stress, also helps the roots… CLEAR QUARTZ: known as the “Master Healer” w/ Metaphysical properties, will amplify other Crystals, Removes the negative energy while improving the “Life Force” in said area., Thus improving growth rate. Recharge Crystals with vibration through sound "other means or by the Moon. :sunglasses:

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Will last indefinitely with proper care & maintenance of media.

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Even seedlings dig it!

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Edit: 1.5 pounds of igneous rock preferably (Pumice) which is volcanic…:sunglasses:

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Per 3.76 cu.ft…:rooster: