Compost and Manure
Q. I have always applied composted cow manure to our garden in March, about 2 - 3" deep. Should I apply a commercial fertilizer also? Is 34-0-0 too hot for our situation? A. Clean compost can be a good thing for conditioning your soil, but I don't recommend that you depend on it to feed your...
Q. This is the first year that I am gardening at our new house. Thegarden is 30' by 60'. On the end where I have put my tomato's the soilis heavy clay. In the buildup to putting in the garden, I tilled it 3times, got a load of fresh cow manure spread over it (about 4" deep)and tilled it a couple...
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Disposing of Plant Residues - Burn, Dispose of, Compost, or Till into the Garden.
Q. I'm considering 3 methods of disposing of my cornstalks. 1-trip to the dump, 2-tie them up and sell them, 3-borrow a chipper-shredder and then till them right back into the rows. I would like to chip/shred them and till them back into the rows along with some nitrogen. Any downside to this? I...
How important is humus or decomposed organic matter in assuring healthy crops?
Completely decomposed organic matter can have a beneficial effect in the soil, if it has no diseases or weed seeds in it. If available it should be incorporated in the garden. However, crops of the same quality and performance can be grown on land containing no humus, no compost, or any red worms.
How to Properly Grow a Healthy Garden Using Compost and Manure
Q. Even if it's a poorer source of nitrogen than oil-based products (urea, ammonium nitrate, and ammonium sulfate), won't compost (particularly composted manure) get the job done? That's a completely free and renewable resource. My garden beds this year are heavily composted with manure and the...
Manure Suspected in E-Coli-Tainted Produce Affecting 110,000 Yearly
An article in the New England Journal of Medicine by Dr. Dennis G. Maki, titled Don't Eat the Spinach — Controlling Foodborne Infectious Disease is an important read for any of you using manure on your gardens. It is in the Files section of the MittleiderMethodGardening@YahooGroups.com for your...
Proper Use of and Timing for Applying Compost and Manure to the Garden
Fall is the best time to put materials into your garden, because they have 4-6 months to compost before you plant again. However, you can do it in February-March also, but be sure it is clean and free of bugs, weed seeds, and disease! If you can find clean, finely ground-up leaves to use, they...
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