Finding Ammendments...Close to Home! Feb 18, 2005 5:49:27 GMT -6
Post by Pharmer Phil on Feb 18, 2005 5:49:27 GMT -6
Acquiring Ammendments, Or Beyond the Leaf Pile!
In some areas it is Easy to obtain Organic or natural soil ammendments and fertilizers, In Other areas, smaller towns, Areas not yet familiar with Organics"Ahem....Steele County, Mn.....Ahem"
So, This means a long drive, Spend alot of money,Or..stay at home and forage on my own! Some of these can be purchased in farm stores, grocery stores, etc. Some, You may already Have! So I've Made up a Shopping list, Or What I would rather think of as a Treasure Hunt!
Are there Other Items Not Listed
Some are: wood ash, blood meal, Gluten based products, etc. I have not included them here because they, in my personal feelings, require that you :
Already have the soil test in hand.
These should be used with Knowledge of your soils NPK and Ph.
or They may inhibit your plants growth, Possibly negatively
I use them, But I Know what my garden's level of nutrients, organic material, and Ph Are.
Most of these Can be used in a brew,(aerobic) Used in your compost, placed in or around the plants root zone, most can even be applied to the foilage, applied as Spring/fall ammendments and worked into the soil.
They All get the same thing done, They feed the Soil, the Microbes in your soil, and help break down organic material, that will In turnFeed You!
Animal Manure: High in Nitrogen,good P and K Content and soil microbes. Use only vegetarian animal manures!,
Chickens aren't vegetarians;However, chicken manure is safe, The 'non-vegetarian' munchies that chickens consume, are easily broken down by composting.
NEVER USE ANY PET DOG OR CAT Droppings
Liquid molasses,(the kind found in the equarian section of the feed store), corn syrup, Your friends the MICROBES need a lil treat once and a while!
For use in compost teas. Sugars I add to my compost tea where it breaks down rapidly , the microbes already getting there Fix! I make sure my 'tea' brews for about 3 days. Too much sugar added on soil straight, may cause a temporary nitrogen deficiency in the soil. Molasses also contains sulfur which acts as a mild natural fungicide.
Alfalfa meal - Go buy a 50# bag of Rabbit food or alfalfa hay,rotted is BEST
Pet Litter or bedding (only 100% Alfalfa)
Alfalfa products are best used in teas, mulches, or as topdressings. Alfalfa is an excellent natural complete fertilizer, containing great amounts of NPK,growth hormones and micronutrients.
Even Pet Food, although I have never used kibbles and Bits, some folks do! But of Course there are Pholks who "PEE" in their Compost!There are all types of Gardeners out there, I respect them All,Their Knowledge, ideas, and practices, I Love The DIVERSITY!
Over the Years All Gardeners Have Always HadThe One "Best TOOL"....Imagination
Grass Clippings: Excellent source of organic Nitrogen! for special foliar teas or use as a mulch/top dressing.
I add Different grasses and WeedsYes...weeds!
Stinging nettle and Equisetum grow in abundance arouund here, they both are excellent additives to your aerobic brew. And That is the essence of what I trying to say here,Use What is Available, What you can find locally.