Comment 75197

By WRCU2 (registered) - website | Posted March 13, 2012 at 11:13:15

...a retired professor of geology...his field of specialization being sedimentary rocks.

Geo-logically speaking from a gardening perspective, I much prefer igneous to sedimentary for the soil restorative properties. However, many large blocks of sedimentary stone may be salvaged from the All Saints demolition and used to construct raised beds in community gardens throughout the city as these will be far superior to wood frame plots. Decaying wood has a negative short-term impact on soil fertility which harbors fungus, slugs, mold and mildew just to name a few.

Igneous or parent rocks as I like to call them, contain the full spectrum of minerals originally spread out upon this planet to help foster the spirit of life. Sedimentary stones on the other hand contain very few trace minerals or rare earth elements essential to plant/animal nutrition and good health. Sedimentary stone has already gone through the life process and the essential minerals have been extracted by ancient living things. Their afterlife and waste products ultimately ended up in, and as, the sediment itself and eventually washed out to sea.

A good source of highly nutritional, mineral packed soil amending material is, however ironic, found in glacial gravel and river bed sediment. Glacial moraine deposited since the last ice age is prevalent in many Ontario quarries and should not to be confused with sedimentary limestone which is used in agriculture primarily to alter pH levels in artificially fertilized/acidified soil. Glacial gravel contains granite, gneiss, porphyry and many other original forms of parent rock although both are used in the manufacture of concrete and asphalt. Parent rock is a natural fertilizer and the difference between the two materials is easily recognized: glacial gravel is generally tan/brown in color whereas limestone is white/gray.

...the decision to demolish the church seems inevitable...The parishioners are making serious efforts to preserve some aspects of its heritage...of its state in 2012.

All Saints may not be with us (in its present form) much longer. Yeah, IT is just another older church that has seen better days, although the cornerstone of which IT was hewn could become bolder if reused in practical and such spiritual ways!

Thanks for sharing the memories.

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