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Does organics really work?


Yes it does!
Get a load of my “Scotts” VS organically grown corn!

The corn in the foreground was certified organic “sweet corn” seeds planted in an area that has been amended with compost, green sand, lava-sand, zeolite, decomposed granite, dry molasses, and a splash of “earthworm castings”..

The corn in the white rock ring was the same organic seed, but it has been treated with everything in the “Scotts arsenal” including the “seed starter mix”, the root stimulator, and of course “Miracle Grow”. It had an application of “Osmacote” last weekend to see if that would help. It didn’t..

This corn experiment is also being blogged on the Dirt talk radio gardening show’s website.

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what a differance,you must be exited about your experiment

9 Jun, 2010


Could it be that the corn in the white ring is in more shade and near very big roots?

9 Jun, 2010


I was thinking that Denise....Perhaps for a better comparison they should have been planted in the other end of the same bed?

9 Jun, 2010


Good observation Drc,
The chemical corn misses out on only 1.5 hours of morning sun VS the organic corn. That area is also root free because most of the wild trees next door are hack berries that have a somewhat small root system.
The little rock area was "deep cleaned" and tilled last year about 1.2 feet down to grow mammoth sunflowers, but that project never got going due to a lack of good seed sources. Last year I amended the area with lavasand, greensand, expanded shale, and zeolite. All of those great amendments go down deep into the soil and the area has had a winter season to "cook". The soil itself is a great organic mixture that is loose and arid, but the only thing that was changed was the fertilizer choice for the corn experiment.

The two soils are pretty much the same in both areas, but I'm testing the effects of chemical vs organic fertilizers on plants to see what works best.
We'll see what happens! :-)

11 Jun, 2010


Good for you there is certainly a difference in the 2 crops

11 Jun, 2010

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