High Brix in Veggies Getting brix high in veggies is usually a challenge due to low silicon and high nitrates. This can be where biodynamics comes to the rescue with oak bark and equisetum. Add these to EM and you reverse nitrification in the soil and improve photosynthesis. We tend to think we have to feed veggie crops abundantly to get good yield. So we mix in compost and proteinaceous materials and they are distributed throughout the root zone. What happens if the amino acids oxidize? The plant takes up nitrate. It can’t avoid it, but it has nitrate reductase enzyme in the leaves to convert the nitrates to amino acids again. So everything is okay, right? Not exactly. First, nitrate has a salt index of 100, so it is practically a magnet for water. In the plant’s protoplasm it waters down chlorophyll to where there is only about a billion chlorophyll molecules per chloroplast instead of maxing out around 1.5 billion. So it impairs photosynthesis and the plant expands its cells and leaves stretching the silica in its cell walls and connective tissues thin. Second, it takes a lot of energy to resurrect nitrate into the amino phase–somewhere in the vicinity of 10 units of sugar per unit of nitrate. So the sugars are used up in the leaf before they go anywhere. The result is the plant does not develop nitrogen fixation in the soil around its roots because there’s not enough root exudation to support it. The whole cycle is hard to break out of as long as the proteinaceous material in the soil keeps breaking down and the plant keeps taking up nitrate. Something has to happen to arrest nitrification in the soil and concentrate the soil’s digestive activity in the root zone of the plant. The oak bark does this, and I always used my radionic instrument and the oak bark and horsetail cards at 30c in my EM brews. EM brews scavenge nitrate in the soil and their anti-oxidant effects make silica more soluble. The long term solution is to hold back on mixing nitrogenous material into the soil. Apply them at the surface and let the soil animal life cycle them down into the soil. The little critters will tend to excrete them around plant roots. Also, you can brew compost teas rich in nitrogen fixers by using a bit of soy flour as a feed in a compost tea–maybe 1 pound per hundred gallons. I’d also ensure a trace of molybdenum was working–generally I put this in my field broadcaster at 30c, but you could put a pinch of sodium molybdate on the Prue plate and set it at 423 for 30C and have that pattern in your EM too. Be very careful with moly because if you get too much it robs copper of its ability to transfer electrons from tri-phosphate to di-phosphate and then phosphorous doesn’t work and all sorts of other problems result. Moly is used as an alloy in mining tools because it won’t let the steel spark, you know. There must be something analogous going on with it’s ability to open up nitrogen gas and and get it to react with hydrogen.