by Wally Richards


Plants will take up any minerals or elements that are in the growing medium along with any chemicals. For instance, you avoid growing vegetables next to an older house as there is a likelihood of lead in the soil from lead paints used in the past on the house. This is even more so for any root crops such as potatoes or carrots because roots store more of the lead than the foliage.

I read that in old goldfields, planting of big rooting plants such as hemp can be used to take up the minuet gold particles and then later extracted from the mature plant.

This morning I read the latest newsletter from Guy Hatchard in which he says:

As you know, public health is my major concern. Little is possible without robust health.

So the most important question is what alternatives are available to solve the public health crisis?

Our political leaders and the nation’s medical administrators have fallen short of explaining to the public what has gone down, not so much during the pandemic, but post pandemic­ — what is happening now. The long wait lists for surgery and the appalling response times for emergency treatment are a reflection of a health service in disarray, but primarily the result of a massive increase in illness among the general population.

Heart disease, cancers, strokes, reproductive health issues, neurological illness, mental health episodes, immunological deficiencies, disability, and excess mortality have been increasing at rates never seen before. We have repeatedly reported on these. For example the rate of hospitalisation for heart disease has increased by 83% and strokes by 40%.

None of these frightening developments have been mentioned during the election campaign.

Guy goes on to suggest: ‘According to scientific studies, what really can improve health outcomes?’


Improving diet is a powerful approach.

Many studies show that the benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables for health are not only significant but they are very large studies.

Research published in 2015, with 150,000 participants over 32 years found that vegetarians live longer. Even a tiny 3 per cent increase in protein from plants led to a huge 12 per cent drop in risk of death from cardiovascular-related disease.

A study published by the British Medical Journal found:

“Participants with Covid-19 who reported following ‘plant-based diets’ and ‘plant-based diets with pescatarian elements’ had 73% and 59% lower odds of moderate-to-severe COVID-19 severity, respectively, compared with participants who did not follow these diets.”

I replied to Guy with the following:

Hi Guy

Yes you are right about diet being the key to better health outcomes but produce commercially grown found in supermarkets is not healthy food with good nutritional values; it is unhealthy, force grown and containing numerous chemicals from sprays and fertilisers.

For instance NZFSA in one of their past analysis of food found 23 different chemicals in cucumbers tested; these were from sprays used to protect from diseases and insect pests.

That was one of the worst cases but most others also had too many chemical poisons in the produce. Commercially grown produce is also relatively tasteless when compared to naturally home grown vegetables, which are delicious to eat and brimming full of minerals and nutrients.

Organic grown is half the answer as it removes the chemical poisons but it does not necessary increase the nutritional values and taste.

The simple test is if the produce tastes really good then it has great health values and you do not need to eat much to feel satisfied. 

Regards, Wally Richards

I believe that most readers of my columns already know these aspects and hence do grow as much of their own food chain as possible and have better health outcomes as a result, for them and their families.

Putting the goodness into the soil so the plants take it up will not only increase the goodness of the food but the taste will be that much better as well. We have two products which are from the ocean: one is Wallys Ocean Solids containing all the known minerals and elements of which there are 114.

Lightly applied to the soil or occasionally diluted and sprayed over the foliage of your plants. it will increase the health and goodness of your vegetables.

Second there is our special fertiliser made from the fish of the sea: Bio Marinus™ which is manufactured by the enzymatic hydrolysis of fish offal, blended with humate, seaweed and biology including Bacillus subtilis, Trichoderma, mycorrhizae fungi etc, together with gibberellic acid which promotes growth.

It’s designed to provide a high quality, cost effective fertiliser. Use at 30ml per litre of non chlorinated water for soil drench and feeding plants. 15ml per litre of non chlorinated water for foliage spray

Biologically active soils have the ability to retain moisture and release nutrients ensuring greater production, faster rotation and more rapid recovery from stress. To build a healthy biological soil we need products that can feed living organisms. Soil health and soil fertility requires much more than NPK fertiliser.

Without the right biology, plants and animals cannot reach their full potential. Biology is essential for the recycling of nutrients and the fixing of atmospheric nitrogen.

Bio Marinus™ is produced in Christchurch made with fish from our Southern Oceans and available in one litre containers for the home gardeners.

These we have had the privilege to promote for a few years. The company has focused its products to the commercial growers and have given me the rights to decant and relabel the product which soon will be labeled as Wallys Fish Fertiliser. The cost savings of us doing the product has reduced the retail price down by $2.00 to $16.00 a litre.

We also can now supply garden shops with a wholesale price so they can offer their customers the best fish fertiliser in NZ brimming full of goodness and microbes for your gardens.

The product is suitable to add Magic Botanic Liquid (MBL) to the spray but as there is life microbes in the fish fertiliser you need to use it soon after adding, otherwise do not seal the cap as the microbes can grow their populations and balloon the plastic container.

You can use this to advantage by placing the fish fertiliser into a bucket of non chlorinated water and then add some molasses to the brew and grow over night your own billions of beneficial microbes to add to the soils of your garden.

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