- Compost- biodynamic compost
- Compost tea
- Aged horse manure
- COF: soybean meal, rice seed meal, linseed hull, oyster shell, alfalfa meal, fish meal, beet pulp
- Rock dust
|School for Sustainable Farming||
What we give to the soil we will get back! By making compost, COF, and compost tea and adding these along with other amendments, we will create healthier and more productive soil.
Today we covered the basics of seed starting! We learned various methods to reproduce (propagate) plants, as well as proper containers to use.
Today we learned how to prepare a field with minimal soil disruption through the no till method. This is beneficial if you already have moist enough soil. You can check for moisture with a fork and if it easily submerges into the ground, the more moisture and better suited for this method.
Happy First Day!
Today we learned about COMPOSTING
“Miracle gro is like crack for plants! In fact they don’t even have a choice, because it is water soluble, they will grow out of control. What we want is food to be delivered to the plant at the right proportion that the plant is used to. So this is where the microorganisms come in to play, we feed them and they feed the ecosystem of the soil.”
“We are all smarter than a bug, you don’t have to go buy pesticide.”
“Each humus particle is actually a spiky particle that attracts nutrients and microorganisms, you can look at them as tiny energy batteries throughout soil.”
Miscellaneous Compost Tips:
*Put compost container with lid in freezer so it doesn’t smell up your kitchen!
Pros: If you have a lot of material (bulky) but not enough equipment/labor to turn it
Cons: Takes the longest, 6mo-1yr
Pros: Sequesters carbon, cools soil, and creates habitat for biodiversity. It is a simple method, lay materials on soil as they naturally decompose, they slowely move into soil as humus.
Humus: the end result of composting, its particles are microscopic, and are important because they resist decay, sequester carbon, and move slowly through the soil profile releasing nutrients and making it dark
Pros: Good for small space or urban environments, detracts vermin (mice, rats, possums, cockroaches that your pile may attract)
Pros: Good for extremely hard soil, loosens and opens up soil
Tips→ Begin with pre-moistened soil, make sure it is soaked, after a rain if possible