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#1 *GreenPassion*

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 09:03 AM

What is Guano?The word guano originated from the Quichua language of the Inca civilization and means "the droppings of sea birds". It is a misnomer to refer to bat dung as guano. As the word is used today, guano describes both bat and sea bird manure. The most famous guano was that used by the Inca. The guano would collect on the rainless islands and coast of Peru. Atmospheric conditions insured a minimal loss of nutrients. There is very little leaching of valuable material, nor is there a considerable loss of nitrogenous matter. For this the Inca would guard and regulate the treasured soil enricher. Access to the guano deposits were restricted to chosen caretakers. Disrupting the rookeries could result in punishment by death. Guano became a very important part of the development of agriculture in these United States. During the peak of the guano era, drastic steps were taken to maintain a supply for the U.S. farmer. "On August 18, 1856, Congress passed an act to authorize protection to be given to citizens of the United States who may discover guano, under which any citizen of the United States was authorized to take possession of and occupy any unclaimed island, rock or key containing guano. The discoverers of such islands were entitled to exclusive rights to the deposits thereon, but the guano could only be removed for the use of the citizens of the United States." Guano is provided in the ready to use condition, thoroughly aged to the vintage state of a good natural fertilizer. Guano can be used inside or outdoors for all living plants. Guano supplies fast and slow release nutrients to the biological system. Apply the pure guano in smaller amounts than ordinary barnyard or poultry manure. Applied as a top dressing and worked into the soil or mixed with water and applied, guano will have a dramatic influence. Hydroponic growers, in contrast to normal fertilization, are finding that guano and water are a natural alternative to chemical solutions. Use nitrogen guano for growth, phosphorus guano for budding and all guano for your plants general health and well being. Guano can be blended with topsoil before laying sod or grass seed and while planting trees and shrubs. Add guano to your container growing mix for a supercharged potting soil.


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Posted 26 October 2007 - 09:45 AM

Guano is definitely the shit...LOL. However, one thing I wanted to add is that it is not hard to search and find info on the fact that guano and guano mining techniques often leave a lot to be desired and have lasting environmental impacts in some areas. In fact, some fertilizer companies have responded to these concerns and have changed their one-time guano based formulas to formulas that are guano-free. Age Old Organics is one company that comes to mind immmediately, but other companies are also taking note that their end users are watching/monitoring where the elements in their fertilizers may originate as well as if their extractions from the Earth/Sea are detrimental to the environment. happy growing... btdt

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 11:11 AM

steamed bone meal is the shit...its high in P,slow release N,and also has trace amounts of soluble Magnesium and tons of calcium..

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 02:39 PM

I love the guano for the grow but hate the agro down side from the minnig so i go without!

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 07:57 AM

wop at DWC, guano is a fine fertilizer for being bird shit but the impact the mining for it has on some of the most beautiful spots on this plants is worth using it anymore besides there are better options today:) ...ever tried rabbit droplets?:wink:

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 01:49 AM

yes but guano is literally the shit

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 09:08 PM

^^Huh?? well; shit is shit:huh:

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 01:58 AM

Did someone say POO!! HEHEHE!!!! POOOOOOO!!!!!!

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 12:23 AM

I still dont get it? If its shit that drops out of the sky from bats and birds why do i hear "mining"? I had assumed obviously wrongly that they just scraped up the shit.:Greetings from GP:

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 08:33 AM

Hey natmoom, heres some links to help you.
If you picked a diamond up off the floor of a cave, is that considered "picking" or "mining"? lol
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Guano - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://www.caves.org...ank-History.pdf

Guano Island Act

Navassa Island - Mining History

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 01:27 PM

Ok i see.
I guess that this is the main concern about this.

It is estimated that there is only enough phosphorus from current resources to last about 30 years. This is a problem as vast volumes of phosphorus are needed to produce fertilizer, as it is an essential plant macronutrient. Guano is rich in phosphorus and is an effective phosphorus fertilizer. It is a $1.4 billion industry.

So in 30 years there will be none left:scream:

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 10:57 PM

Yea and I will be 80 by then and I will have smoked enough weed grown with it that my own shit will be high enough with phosphorus that I can use that when it runs out. LOL

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 09:27 AM

Yea and I will be 80 by then and I will have smoked enough weed grown with it that my own shit will be high enough with phosphorus that I can use that when it runs out. LOL


ROTFL that is awful.




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