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Miracle Soil Building Properties of Vetiver Grass — 8 Comments

  1. the comments above said local ag offices give away vetiver, compost (for manure) and jugs of beneficial organisms. Is that just for Thai citizens or can an urban farm in Los Angeles county get this as well? And if so which office to contact?

    • I suspect that the post was referring to Thai agencies, since that is where Owen was living when he wrote this.

  2. A friend gave me a pot of overgrown vertiver last week. After perusal online, I broke it into smaller clumps, planted the biggest one in a pot to multiply, a small washed clump in an outdoor fish pond, one clump to a friend who is planting on a steep hill and was wondering whether I could use the last clump in my garden that has hard clay soil to help break it up. This confirms my plan to plant and completely pull up to harvest leaves for mulch, roots for essential oil and replant the clump in another spot in the garden. Thanks for making this information available.

  3. Sawadee Kar Khun Owen?? Thank you very much for your videos on youtube and all the articles on this site. I am moving back to Minburi, Thailand this year. From one of your videos, you mentioned that you bought 1500 vetiver grass plants. Did you have to order that? Where did you buy? IKop khun kar ??

    • Contact your local agricultural office. The government gives the plants away for free. There are limitations of course. You have to own land nearby and be in progress of upgrading the land, etc. A Thai citizen must sign for the vetiver starts.

      The same office has a special deal on compost. Bring in 10 bags of manure and you can take away 20 bags of finished compost. They mound up leaves, rice hulls etc. with the manure using a tractor and let it decompose all year. The compost is typically available before the rainy season. Check in March.

      Another local ag office has deals on EM (effective microorganisms). They’ll give you a gallon jug of EM and free directions for mixing with fruit scraps, raw molasses, etc. This is stored in a barrel for a few weeks and then you dilute it and pour around your plants.

  4. Great plant, if only it would grow where it’s cold. USDA zones 9-11. I wonder how fast it grows? If it was a fast grower, it could be used for erosion control before it died and left to decompose. We have only about 5 months of frost free weather. I don’t think that would be enough.

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