My husband Rick has been fascinated lately by soil nutrition and other areas that help grow healthy, strong crops. We're in the early stages of building our own organic market garden, Birdsong. So we want to do all we can to make these plants crops thrive.
Among the many books Rick has been researching, is Secrets of the Soil, by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. The whole book is dedicated to nontraditional and innovative methods of saving our planet from self-destruction...from the ground up.
I wanted to share a little of the Sonic Bloom concept with you. It really struck a chord with me and I think makes perfect sense.
"Plants, says Steiner, can only be understood when considered in connection with all that is circling, weaving and living around them" Secrets of the Soil p129
Likely you have heard about the beautiful effects of classical music played to plants and how it positively impacts their growth? And rock music causes plants to die.
Well sonic bloom is pretty much where that stems from. In an ideal environment, there is diversity, and there are birds. First thing in the morning what do those birds do? We hear it as we wake each morning...they sing. This morning I went outside at dawn to listen in more closely. It was lovely, and from in the garden I could clearly hear a huge variety of different bird songs.
But did you ever think that those morning bird songs were actually causing the neighbouring plants to thrive? And that the relatively short burst of song is all that is needed? Like in homeopathy, too much has the opposite effect. Just those minutes of song each morning are enough for the plants. Like a refreshing shower of song.
In the USA there have been many reports of the benefits of playing certain frequencies over loud speakers to crops. But sound is half the equation. The other component is spraying the crops with an organic fertiliser about once a fortnight, during the birdsong or music playing. It might sound like madness, but the stomas on the leaves actually open and receive the nutrients very efficiently while the frequency of the birdsong or music is active.