Hello readers!  Ever since I launched this site I’ve been using as a place to host some articles I’ve written – articles that allow me to show off my interest and love electro-horticulture and the amazing potentials that it holds for the future of gardening and farming.

Today I want to do something a little different… I’m going to be a little more personal and let you know what’s going on. Here are some of the things that have been happening:

  • Running experiments
  • Topic Research
  • Writing a book

Experiments

First, regarding the running of experiments, my goal this spring/summer is to run as many experiments as I can personally see for myself that electroculture works on a number of different plants.  As you may have read in some of my other posts, e.g. My First Experiment, using electricity to accelerate germination works!  The next steps for me are to document as many of the possibilities that I can and share them with you.

While many of the experiments I’m running are small one-to-one comparisons, I hope to find the time and physical space to run more robust, statistically significant studies.  As for what’s going on now, I have some electrically powered fig bushes, and a small experiment where I’m testing out its effect on mung beans and peas.

At the same time, I’ve been telling friends and family what I’ve been working on and it’s great to hear about others’ enthusiasm for the project!  What’s cool is that others are looking to try things out on their own.  In its simplest form, all it requires is a low-voltage (under 12V) power source that’s applied to the soil surrounding a plant.  So, upon describing the basic setup, a number of friends have volunteered to help me gather real-life data by running experiments in their own homes and gardens.

Looking for Volunteers

I have so far about 3-4 friends who have volunteered to try it out.  One friend tried it on one of his diseased houseplants and it changed it from a continual state of wilting into a happy, thriving plant once again.  But unfortunately in the long term it was only a temporary fix – it was able to restore the health of the plant as long as the electricity was turned on, when it was removed, the disease once again took over.  The ultimate fix was pruning away the diseased stems and roots of the plant and repotting it new soil.

One friend at work said he was interested in giving it a try on some growing projects he was going to do with his kids.

And another two friends have asked me to help set up experiments in their yards which I hope to get to in the coming weeks.

First Prototype Installation

I’d like to open this call for volunteers to you, my readership, as well. In return I would like to help show-off your work by posting your garden experiments here.  Give it a try yourself – experiment using different materials and let me know how you’re doing (via my contact form).  I promise I’ll respond to you personally.

Studying The Science Behind Electroculture

The second thing that I’ve been working on is building my knowledge of everything having to do with electroculture.

From the very beginning I’ve been completely fascinated with what makes electroculture work.  While I was completely baffled in the beginning, now, a year and a half later, I’m now at a point where I have a pretty good understanding of the underlying physiological mechanisms at work.

Since I’m an electrical engineer by training, I’m not an expert in the biological areas at play here.  I’ve been studying plant physiology and electrochemistry on my own and it would be great to hear any theories, clarification, or deeper explanations from you.  Look for some posts in the future where I share some of what I’ve learned and I look forward to your feedback on those subjects.

Writing a Book

In order to help explain to others the myriad of things at work, I’ve started writing a book on the topic where I cover the its history, an overview into the science behind it, the various benefits, and how to build systems of your own.

So, for those who are interested in an easy-to-read (I hope), in-depth book that explains the topic, look out for it in the coming months.  If you give me your email address via the form on the front page, I will notify you when it comes available.

 

So, thanks for taking the time to read this.  If you have any questions or feedback, I would love to hear from you.

Thank you.