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DO PLANTS PREFER VIVALDI?


We’ve all raised a skeptical eyebrow toward people who swear by talking to their plants. But what if they’re on to something?


certain frequencies. And some reputable soil scientists say it’s more than hocus-pocus, including Mark Fulford. This sweet spot, according to studies from Japan


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and China, tends to reflect the plant’s “Meridian System.” Apparently, plants give off their own sound waves at certain frequencies. Match their “voice” and they may grow faster or produce more fruit. “There’s nothing in existence that doesn’t have a fre-


quency band,” Fulford says. “Insects have their own. So do plants. Research found that playing Vivaldi opened the somatic cells in some plants.” Want to test this idea for yourself? You can download “vibrational growth” tracks here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjfLJ5wrlFM


ROCK STARS


Strange magnetic forces present in granite, basalt and other rocks have been shown to offer major advantages for soils and plants.


to pay closer attention to trace minerals and various types of geologic magnetism. Admit- tedly, it sounds a bit fantastical, but he off ers several studies showing how these forces have impacted soils and plants. Fulford points out that when a farmer


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fi rst plants a new fi eld, he often gets his best crop the fi rst year. What happens during the second year? Certain trace elements, along with the essential energy found in stone—granite, basalt, magmatite—are no longer available. But the defi ciency may not even show up in a soils test.


Healthy soil, he says, needs not only hu-


mates (organic material), but also trace miner- als that will activate soils, so that calcium and other nutrients are “bio-available” to plants. But there’s another reason to add rock


powder to soils. “Organic things are diamagnetic,” he says.


“They’re attracted to oxygen. Plants and people like paramagnetic things such as crystallized rock in our diet. It’s how insects communicate. It determines whether soil can take on water.” Adding paramagnetic rock to soil, he


says, provides a huge energy boost in the plant-soil exchange. He shows the example (right) of roots grown side by side. The basalt- enhanced soil grew a root two to three times the size of the other.


ne of Fulford’s key “fi xes” for today’s depleted, poisoned or just sickly soils is


everal studies of what’s sometimes called “agri-wave” impacts have suggested that plants respond to


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