Re: Iris Chrysographes, and Spuria Seeds
Barb Johnson asked about grit for soil --
Jan of Schaefer/Sachs talked at breakfast with a group of us about grit for
She lives in the area of granit mountains, and quarries (discussion on the
pulling down of mountains at some other time) and she uses chicken/turkey
grit for making soil. There are different grades that poultry folks use
from fine grade for baby chicks to a course grade for mature birds.
She says there are no minerals in the granite and mixed with pro-mix makes
a great soil. Plants grown in this mix take heavy liquid fertilizer, she
reasons, because in the desert, rains are few and far between and the rain
releases heavy doses of nutrients.
This discussion will be amended by real desert gardeners, I hope, but the
message to Barb is -- you might try poultry grit for developing gritty soil.
Carolyn Schaffner in Buffalo, NY