This experiment was set up on March 14, 2011. The same bunch of Cilantro was divided into equal halves and placed into individual containers filled with the same amount of water. One of the containers was plugged in using an Earth & Grow device for one week (3/14 – 3/20). On the seventh day the device was removed. The Cilantro that was not plugged in lasted until 3/23. The Cilantro that was treated using the device lasted until 3/30.
After graduating with a degree in Urban Horticulture & Turf Grass Management from the University of Rhode Island in 2007, I had the idea of reconnecting plants growing in plastic pots back to the Earth. I was growing plants in plastic pots, on top of plastic catch trays, elevated over a tile floor, and it occurred to me they were fish out of water.
I was providing my plants the perfect growing environment, fertilizer, and care, but something was still missing. When I wondered how to channel the Earth’s energy into the plant’s pot, my childhood best friend, Michael Corsi, was able to quickly solve the problem.
Corsi is a brilliant electrical engineer who received his EE degree from the University of Rhode Island in 2006. He successfully assembled the first Earth & Grow prototype during the winter of 2008 within hours of answering my query. We then searched the internet tirelessly for months to find anyone who had done this before, but we could not find anything at the time… we barely knew what we were looking for. Over the years, Corsi and I have been able to teach ourselves the electrical nature of plants through investigation and genuine observations.
Corsi and I filed for a patent to protect our invention in 2009 that is still pending. We have been blessed to received small investment from family, friends, and a world traveling angel… just enough to protect our idea and fund experiments to capture the benefits of reconnecting plants to the Earth. Today, we have assembled an enthusiastic team who is dedicated to bring Earth & Grow to people who love their plants around the world.
“Lightning flashes in the skies above the Earth about 50 times every second, creating a burst of electromagnetic waves that circle around the planet’s atmosphere.
Some of these waves combine and increase in strength, creating something akin to an atmospheric heartbeat that scientists can detect from the ground and use to better understand the makeup of the atmosphere and the weather it generates.
“Researchers didn’t expect to observe these resonances in space,” said Fernando Simoes, a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. “But it turns out that energy is leaking out and this opens up many other possibilities to study our planet from above.” [Video: Leaky Lightning Waves]
The Grounded Garden is a blog focused on capturing the benefits, science, and story of Michael Corsi, Stephen Doyle, and Will Gasner’s experience reconnecting plants to the Earth. Grounding or “Earthing” has been proven to enhance the growth, vitality, and longevity of plants and cut flowers grown and stored in artificial containers. Please tune in and witness the discoveries unfold.