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Comment by Randall Smith on December 19, 2017 at 7:53am

Well, I do like to keep active. (I took a nice long walk in the nature preserve behind my house yesterday.) But, I know when and how to rest, too! I try to take a nap after lunch every day, for example. I'm not doing any garden work right now, although I'm itching for a truck load of compost from "the farm". I could shovel it in, but a tractor bucket load would be welcomed! Then I'll have to shovel it out and spread it around. I'd like to get that done before winter really sets in--and to give it a chance to soak into the ground.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 18, 2017 at 4:59pm

Daniel, I feel the same.  I don't like being told what to do.  I also don't like telling other people what to do, and I don't.  I would hate being a boss.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2017 at 4:55pm

Daniel, I don't know how you accomplish all that you do. From where does your energy come? My cancer was less intrusive than yours, a much smaller episode and I just can't get up and out to work. I do fine to get up and sit outside.

I have grown to love the forest and not fuss over not having a beautiful food forest that I worked 40 years to get it to just where I want it.

The beautiful 9" snowfall we had yesterday melted off the trees during the night. The roads range from completely clear to dangerously icy on shady spots of the highway.  

I fly out Saturday, Dec. 23 for Denver where I will spend the rest of the winter with Craig and his family. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2017 at 4:44pm

Thomas, I don't know about using urine, either. The fellows have done their best, and we lost a chicken to a raccoon. Coyotes come through our property on a regular basis and took out the geese and ducks who were free-ranging. They also took a beloved cat. 

.I searched for scientific studies about urine used as deterrents for critters and didn't find anything. I am sure there is research somewhere, my research skills didn't work. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 18, 2017 at 11:19am

Thomas, I don't know about using urine to deter animals and bugs.  From what I read, there are mixed opinions.  Some even say it will attract some animals, especially bears.

Wikipedia's Animal Repellent page says predator's urine, hair, and blood will repel animals they eat, but doesn't mention human urine, hair, or blood.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2017 at 11:14am

Epic Urban Community Garden Just Off The Interstate!

This amazing interview of an urban community garden offers many fresh permaculture ideas useful to individuals and communities. It is well worth the time to take a look.

I especially like the part of this garden designed for the police dept to train dogs. It is pretty and creative.

The plans for the city's community gardens serve many

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 18, 2017 at 11:10am

Randy, I'm lazy compared to you, so imagine how I feel compared to Daniel.

Comment by Thomas Murray on December 18, 2017 at 7:58am

Sorry about bringing up this subject again but I have a nagging question: Wouldn't using human urine in the garden deter wild animals and bugs from devouring our fruits and vegetables?

Comment by Randall Smith on December 18, 2017 at 7:29am

Holy cow, Daniel! That's a lot of work and a lot of calories! When did you turn into Superman? I'm feeling like a slob, even if I do walk at least 6 miles a day besides boxing, etc. I did split and stack some firewood yest. Mostly, however, I sat in front of the TV watching football all afternoon. I mean, it's winter around here, for goodness sakes!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2017 at 2:46pm

Biochar - split garden comparison

"This video documents our biochar and organic fertilizer gardening experiment in Madisonville, KY 2014.

The goal was to determine what would happen to 6 different plots with the same plant layouts in them if you provide 6 different types of soil amendments and nutrients.

In summary we learned that you need to know the pH of your soil and manage it properly. Without proper pH in the soil the nutrients are not available to the plant.

We confirmed that biochar can adversely affect the quality of plants (in the beginning). We also confirmed biochar can have a significant positive effect on crop production.

After understanding we unknowingly altered the pH of the soil (horse manure is mildly high in pH and biochar is between 9-10 pH), we were able to correct it enough organically to turn it around by adding 'chicken tea' to the ailing plants to bring them back to a productive state.

Next time around we will pre-inoculate the biochar with our chicken tea. The summary details are in the video."

 

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