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Post  kauairosina on 3/11/2014, 4:10 pm

I have ordered a refractometer to learn to take brix tests.  I have read Steve Solomon's book Gardening When it Counts and follow his interactive blog online.  Steve was an organic gardener in the North West for 30 years, fed his family almost exclusively from their gardens.  When he went to Fiji to consult some of the Fijians confided in them that their teeth were loose and could this be a result of what they ate.  Steve had the same problem and started investigating.

Steve started testing his plants, moved to Tasmania and continues to be very active internationally via Internet.  His point about our soils is that they basically lack the right minerals and soil tests are important to bring the soils up to snuff for our plants to be at their best.

Anyone have any experience with refractometers (in addition to brewing)?

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Post  gwennifer on 3/11/2014, 4:57 pm

I don't have experience but I have read a tiny bit about brix testing and have seen Solomon mentioned many times, especially here in the PNW. It's all very fascinating. Good luck with this next step in your gardening journey and keep us posted with your findings!

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Post  camprn on 3/11/2014, 5:19 pm

I use a refractometer for honey.

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Post  boffer on 5/14/2014, 7:36 pm

How is your testing progressing?

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Post  martha on 5/14/2014, 9:19 pm

I thought this would only measure the sugar content?

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Post  kauairosina on 5/14/2014, 10:48 pm

sugar content is an indicator of nutrition.  I haven't started testing.  Too much else to do just planting and harvesting.  I have a LOT to learn and you can be sure I will keep you posted.

For instance.  I harvested some carrots from my MM mix sfg the other day and did not find them to be as sweet as I believe home grown carrots should be.  I am suspicious. 

You will be the first to know whenever I get results.

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Post  martha on 5/15/2014, 2:31 pm

I'll hold you to that!

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Post  camprn on 5/15/2014, 2:48 pm

@kauairosina wrote:sugar content is an indicator of nutrition.  I haven't started testing.  Too much else to do just planting and harvesting.  I have a LOT to learn and you can be sure I will keep you posted.

For instance.  I harvested some carrots from my MM mix sfg the other day and did not find them to be as sweet as I believe home grown carrots should be.  I am suspicious. 

You will be the first to know whenever I get results.
Please provide a link to information that supports the claim that sugar indicates nutrition.

Regarding carrots, If I grow carrots and harvest them in August, they taste good. If I harvest the carrots in October after a few cool nights they taste SUPER because some of the sugar conversion. I don't know that the vegetable is actually more nutritious... or not.

http://www.thekitchn.com/food-science-vegetables-that-a-63776



It's not just about the sugar. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/opinion/sunday/breeding-the-nutrition-out-of-our-food.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


Here is a sight for some OK to good nutritional information about foods. I love the nutrition label tool.
http://nutritiondata.self.com/

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Post  southern gardener on 5/15/2014, 3:29 pm

I just started researching this a while back and really had never heard of it, but it interesting for sure!  Here are a couple of links by John Kohler. He's kind of long winded, but brings up some interesting points!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXRNHGJK1bY

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Post  kauairosina on 5/15/2014, 5:29 pm

I will look at each of those links and get more information.  I have been wrong in the past, (like in the past fifteen minutes), but as I say, I will let you know what I find out and eager to hear from others.

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Post  camprn on 5/15/2014, 7:56 pm

@kauairosina wrote:I will look at each of those links and get more information.  I have been wrong in the past, (like in the past fifteen minutes), but as I say, I will let you know what I find out and eager to hear from others.
That would be great! Thanks!! Very Happy 

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Post  kauairosina on 5/15/2014, 9:28 pm

http://www.healthy-vegetable-gardening.com/brix-level.html

http://www.themeterman.com.au/interview.php

and a quote from this last one:\

brix readings are not 'the be all and end all', but can provide a major indicator in the form of instant monitoring of what is going on in our soil which points to what we need to do to fix it.


http://www.highbrixgardens.com/what-is-brix.html



another quote: (from above)\


Brix has become the gold standard to measure plant quality



I sure do intend to learn a lot more about this.  Good thing refractometers are pretty cheap these days.  I got mine at Amazon for under $30.


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