Sonic Bloom. The name sounds like something that might occur during a floral armageddon. What it is though, is a method using sound to open the stomata on the undersides of the leaves of plants, then applying an organic foliar spray onto the leaves while continuing to play the sound. This encourages the plant to take in more nutrients than it would normally.
OK, nice gimmick. What wont you get suckered into buying, you might say.
Well it wasn't without some explanation as to the nature of the sounds and the theory behind the method. The sounds were a "combination of frequencies and harmonics exactly accordant with the predawn bird concerts that continue past sun-up into morning." ( page 136 secrets of the soil.) The sounds you hear on a beautiful bird chirpy morning are actually causing the stomata of the plants to open and take in nutrients floating around them, including water vapor. So using this method made it easier to grow plants on substandard soil with less watering. The plants were induced to take in more than 7 times the amount of foliar fed nutrients while the sounds were being played. Holy. Crap.
Gives more meaning to the saying a place for everything and everything in it's place, eh?
The article went on to talk of how the sounds vibrated the water surrounding the mitochondria increasing surface tension and making it easier for nutrients to pass through the cell wall. There was so much more to this chapter in Secrets of the Soil, but just this much was exciting enough to get me a CD and a small sampling of Sonic Bloom foliar spray.
Got me thinking though, if just the sounds of birds do this, what other connections in nature do we pass by without noticing? And what affects my "stomata"?
Born in New Hampshire and raised in Maine, Eva's passion for living self sustainably began with Helen and Scott Nearing. Both were homesteaders who carved their lives from the land. Eva now lives in Eastern West Virginia, with her husband Dain and daughter Shayna, carving out her own life.