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Eating the Hand that Feeds You: Rhizophagy and Plant Nutrition

Those crazy scientists have done it again, throwing generally accepted theories of life science out the window. A group of Australian researchers have shown that plants are able to consume whole bacteria and yeast cells. Prior to this, our understanding of the root/microbe relationship revolved around the idea that microbes provided nutrition to plants. Bacteria can make nitrogen available, as well as solubilize phosphorus, potassium and micronutrients into forms that are plant friendly. Fungi perform a similar role, directly transporting nutrients and water into plants via the mycorrhizal networks. These mechanisms are pretty well understood and accepted as common. What’s not so commonly known is that plants can eat whole microbes. Yes, plant roots are able to devour bacteria and yeasts. The term proposed for this newly discovered mode of nutrition is Rhizophagy (rhye-zo-fay-jee).

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Advanced Light Deprivation

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Advanced light deprivation is by design, using the power of the sun while also being able to supply supplemental lighting during periods of rain or cloudy days in March/April runs. There has been a recent surge in this particular practice of farming, largely in part that supplemental lighting is not required at all during the summer months. This drastically cuts down on energy costs typically seen with HID lighting. 

The quality of light deprivation cannabis, when mastered, can often match the quality of indoor cannabis. The cost ratio analysis is clear. By using the suns power, you drastically reduce energy costs. By maintaining quality, you still retain a higher price point. Simply from a capitalistic perspective,  AAA+ light deprivation cannabis has a higher return on investment than indoor cannabis any day.

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Compost Tea

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Gardeners all know compost is terrific stuff. But there’s something even better than plain old compost, and that’s compost tea. As the name implies, compost tea is made by steeping compost in water. It’s used as either a foliar spray or a soil drench, depending on where your plant has problems.

Compost tea is a relatively old farming practice getting a modern makeover. Compost tea recipes range far and wide. Certain tea recipes can be tailored to remedy particular health issues or nutrient requirements for plants. Many adaptations of this brew involve products like compost, worm castings, humus, kelp, fish emulsion and a plethora of other ingredients added into the water. Along with the help of an air pump, they create a dynamic living brew.

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