(Fertilizing) Envizymes’s Gondwana Fertilizer experiment

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So, I finally went to start on a simple experiment using Envizymes’s Gondwana Fertilizer.

I have two pots of balsam plants with two plants in each pot – one bi-colored balsam and one purple-flowered balsam in each.

Found some whitish-grey mold growing on part of the surface of the fertilizer, so I scooped one tablespoonful of it from that part to also test if the mold would be harmful to the plant. I then watered the plants down immediately, and placed them side-by-side where they can get the afternoon sun.


The pot on the right in which I’d stuck a plant tag in is the one I’d fed the fertilizer with.


Pot without fertilizer.


Pot with.


The mold.


One spoonful.

(Gardening happys) White sage smudge, sage and cedar smudge

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1 Burning white sage leaves and smelling the memories of earth and soil and paws running over soft, loose soil in the scent.

2 Burning sage and cedar leaves and letting the sweet fragrance of the scents go deep into me, and feeling both a sense of earth and air.

3 Feeling calmer from both scents.

4 Thanking the white sage plant in my room for its family’s/relative’s contribution to the smudge stick and loose leaves I have and use.

5 Thanking the smudge sticks for their help.

Plants and spirituality – white sage and sweetgrass

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I don’t talk about my spirituality much outside of my shamanic blog, but I thought this would make for a nice change of subject. Sweetgrass

Since I was about 20, I made the choice to become a pagan. At first, this entailed nothing more than the fluffy woo-woo things one might see on TV: joining the meditation group for Rainbow Healing/Language of Light; reading up on Wicca (unfortunately, think the TV series Charmed); meeting and talking with people who claimed to channel angels and higher-vibrational entities and what-nots. Perhaps I haven’t met the right (read: sane and logical) people locally, even until now, but all those things above just didn’t sit well with me. There were a lot of things too…out-there about those people.

It wasn’t until I came upon the (umbrella) term shamanism that my attention was caught. This post isn’t about my argument of traditional versus neo-shamans, so I shall do a very simple summary and say that the ideas of self-healing (and helping others), of the dichotamies of nature, and the tread between the physical and spiritual world caught me. It was the most balanced path I’d chose to take at that time.

With the lack of readily available resources on shamanism in various countries other than in the States, I turned, at that time, to the generic Native American form of shamanism. I adopted a lot of their traditions and culture: I bought a skin drum, and then two skin drums for trance drumming; I bought various types of dried plants tied together as smudge sticks; I did this, I did that.

However, one of the most important things I enjoyed in the start of any ritual to drumming, is the act of smudging. Because the white sage was considered an important plant in space cleansing, and was considered sacred by the Natives, I bought (and was given) a lot of white sage smudges; I tried out a desert sage bundled with cedar smudge, and loved the clean and sweet fragrance as I burnt it and wafted the smudge around; I tried a sweetgrass braid which was subtly vanilla-scented and very earthy.

Although I have lessened my practices on my eclectic shamanic path (I wasn’t chosen by the spirits and wouldn’t call myself a shaman at all), I still greatly enjoy the feel and sense and pure spirit of these plants, so much so that I have started growing two of them, in order to feel closer to their basic sense. I have received great joy from the natural resilience and easy joy brought in by very quick self-propagation of the sweetgrass, and though the dried braids are hard to burn, I will ask the plants I have for permission to harvest and dry and use them when I can, to place them on an aromatherapy burner to release their scent; the white sage is slow growing, and loses the old leaves which it doesn’t need anymore. In their places, new and smaller leaves grow, teaching me the path of ridding myself of unwanted things and self-inflicted cages, and to form and create new things.

I learn something from all the plants I grow, and treat them with respect as much as I can. Each of them teach me things I seem to need to learn at various points of my life. In turn, I take care of them. Best of all, it’s very nice to simply say ‘hi!’ to them each morning when I wake up, and when I return home from a long day out.

I don’t think that I can harvest and use them anytime soon. But in their own paces of growth, my two favorite plants have already taught me a lot to aid in the growth in my life.

(Fertilizing) Envizymes’s Gondwana Fertilizer

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At $18 for 5kg, I thought that Envizyme’s Gondwana Fertilizer was quite costly when I saw it on Tuesday. However, some small instinctive voice in me told me you idiot! You should have bought it! For whatever reasons it thought I should have bought it, I really don’t know.

I read up the information printed on the fertilizing package. It contains small amounts of the major elements – NPK – and also relatively small amounts of all the other trace elements which plants need. It was the small values which first convinced me somewhat: if the values are small, it means that I have little worry of introducing any disproportionate amounts of any nutrients in, and any mistake is probably more easily corrected than not.

The second point…well…was that darn instinct nagging at me throughout the few days to the weekend of last week. So…okay, okay, I get it. Off I went to World Farm on a Sunday to buy this product, but it’s only today that I’ve sprinkled small tablespoonfuls of them on top of my plants’ topsoil, like mulch.

It is said on the Envizymes’s website that (I quote from them ad verbatim): Envizyme’s Gondwana Minerals is made from natural minerals that are needed to enhance nutrient stability and conditioning the structure of undesirable soil.

It also functions as a soil treatmentagent that is able to fix soil pH levels from acidic(pH3-5) to neutral pH levels(pH 6-7).

Gondwana is a full spectrum fertilizer filled with minerals and electromagnetic energy (helps draw nutrients to the roots). Gondwana contains all vital attribute that are required to fuel the natural life cycles in soil.

According to someone who works at World Farm, he heard that the electrolytes are attracted to the roots of the plants, and congregate there, drawing nutrients to the roots, and also providing protection against root rot, since excess water is claimed to bypass the protected roots. One can either sprinkle them in the pots or over the soil like typical fertilizers, or mix the Gondwana fertilizer in when one is mixing the soil.

The only icky thing I find about this (more of a personal weird quirk) is that when I water it, it seems as if it turns into some oily, muddy sludge. Perhaps I’m too much of a visual person. The smell though, is strange but subtle, and sometimes pleasant.

Let’s see how my plants look or feel say…a week from now.

(Germination) Seed primers

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Ever bought so many seeds from trusted and reputable sources with high hopes of them germinating, but after many days, the seeds remain dormant and even grow fungus? And ever wish you knew exactly what was wrong even after reading and reading the germination instructions and wondering what was missing?

I sure have.

Friends have given me many types of seeds. I’ve joined in mass orders where the seeds bought are from sources which have typically allowed for high germination rates, or easy germination. Yet, the seeds don’t sprout for me, no matter what I do: putting them in a closed container on top of the fridge to add warmth; putting them in closed containers in direct sunlight; heating them up using tealight candles before sowing them. Nope, nothing works.

Then, I was advised by people on Folia to try out seed primers.

If you do a Google search, you will simply get a minimal number of links to sites which provide sale of seed primers, no matter whether in machine form, or in pre-treated paper form. But what do these do?

The FineBushPeople website gives the clearest explanation of what they are: Many wildflower seeds are dormant and need very specific conditions for germination. The smoke seed primer solution contains a combination of natural substances that overcome dormancy and stimulate seed germination. The degree of germination success varies with the species, but on average, treated seeds give at least twice the number of seedlings that untreated seeds do.

So well, I just got my seed primers, and am currently testing it out on twenty-five seeds of four species, all of which I’ve had no luck germinating using any of the traditional and typical methods. These seeds were given to me about a year back and have been kept in the fridge.

I added 12.5ml of water to 1/4 of the seed primer disc and have soaked the seeds in it. Tomorrow, I will sow them in pure vermiculite moistened with water and sealed in a clear container.

I shall update when/if I get any action from the seeds.

(Propagation) Note to self/everyone

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If you break off a part of the stalk of any plant, but there’s still the barest hint of plant fiber holding the stalk to the mother plant, please don’t throw the stalk away (unless the plant is so easily propagated or you don’t want more of the plant). Go marcot it. It works.


Image Credit: Kotsengkuba.com

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