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Dynamic accumulators are plants that gather certain micro nutrients, macro nutrients, or minerals from the soil through their roots, the nutrients are then stored in their leaves.
These accumulator plants are great for do it yourself organic nutrients, by either making a tea or drying the plant matter, grinding it into powder to make a "meal" and adding it to your organic soil mix like you would any other dry nutrient. This is DIY nutrients made easy. Your living soil is sure to benefit.
Here is a list of some of the better accumulator plants that you can use to make you own plant based nutrients that you may be able to find around your local area.
Comfrey, Stinging Nettles, Yarrow, Valerian, Alfalfa, Borage, Dandelion, Horsetail. You can also check this website for many, many more http://oregonbd.org/Class/accum.htm
You can also use this site to see actually how much, and of what phytochemicals the plant contains http://www.ars-grin.gov/duke/plants.html - great for gauging what your DIY nutrients profile needs most.
So far I have made two plant meals, comfrey and horsetail. And I will probably make another from yarrow or dandelion.
The following is how I did my DIY nutrients...
A big thanks to Wayne for letting us steal some of his content for DIY Nutrients in your living soil!
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If you have been reading about cultivating indoors with organic soil then you've heard of SubCool's Super Soil. I admit to starting with this mix and thought I was really doing something special when I first went for it. I bought all the stuff and was really excited to use it.
My results were actually pretty good, but I've since moved on I think you should too.
Besides the "base soil" being purchased instead of made from scratch, I have many other issues. All in all this taking bagged soil and adding worm castings and nutrients isn't a bad idea, but it can be improved upon and money can be saved.
Here is the Recipe: 8 large bags of a high-quality organic potting soil with coco fiber and mycorrhizae (i.e., your base soil) 25 to 50 lbs of organic worm castings 5 lbs steamed bone meal 5 lbs Bloom bat guano 5 lbs blood meal 3 lbs rock phosphate ¾ cup Epson salts ½ cup sweet lime (dolomite) ½ cup azomite (trace elements) 2 tbsp powdered humic acid
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