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Avatar for RoninFrog
May 28, 2020 1:11 PM CST
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I hobby gold prospect and run a sluice box out in Lytle Creek and after picking out the gold nuggets,i have mats full of black sands and "heavy"material that when dry is a very fine mesh very powdery material.i heard lapidary dust was good to add into compost.
I couldnt find any so i improvised and i think that adding the hematite and other rock "fine"sands are improving the flavor of my salsa garden,especially my tomatoes. This the third year of useing my black sands as a top dressing,they are heavy so they will make there way down thru the soil, the next-door neighbor has horses so my garden plot has huge amounts of organic matter,from my digging it into the garden.and i had to add material to the soil to help with the drainage,i was adding some gravels that were composed of feldspare and some crushed quartz,i ranit thru a 1/8 screen for a uniforn gravel.
I just really wanted to share that tip.the flavors are more intense with more of a "saltiness"and not so much sweet,or tart.
Which has led to do the addition of more lime and lemon juice for my seafood ceviche.just saying:-)and by the way i only sometimes get itty bits of gold chips and flake shaped pieces.
And lots of bullets make there way into the creek from the rifle range out there
Avatar for thommesM
May 28, 2020 1:16 PM CST
Name: Thomas Mitchell
Central Ohio (Zone 6a)
Hi Ronin, Welcome!

That's really cool about adding the black sand to your garden. Great way to combine two hobbies. Just curious if you had your soil tested or the black sand itself to see what the readings are?

I used to go metal detecting years ago. I still have a nice unit, but no time. Where you found bullets, I found trash. However, I was detecting playgrounds when my son was young so I like to think that I was cleaning up the park and making it safe for him to play in.
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Avatar for PlantingOaks
May 30, 2020 12:10 PM CST
central ohio (Zone 5b)
Very neat.

It makes sense that different minerals might improve vegetable flavor, and sounds like an interesting hobby.

If you are finding bullets in the creek regularly though, you might want to test your soil for lead. Sad My husband does shooting sports, and lead dust and contamination can be a real issue. Depends, of course, on what your definition of 'lots of bullets' is, and how much sand you are adding, but enough to add flavor could be enough to add toxins.
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