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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
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."
Thanks Spud and Daniel. I'll be more careful from now on.
About bleach in the garden, I googled it and the consensus is that if it's chlorine bleach, it's not good. It makes the soil more alkaline, which you & I don't want. As it breaks-down, it adds salt to the soil, and it kills friendly microorganisms. Here are two places that talk about it:
Major stinkiness is the main reason I don't save my urine for the garden. Peeuu!!
Has anybody (Daniel, in particular) ever hear of a Rosseyanka persimmon? Sounds like a good variety. Google it.
Been urinating in a bucket the past week to toss in the garden. I have to bleach my container every other day due to the stinky odor. Wondering if bleach harms the soil?
Magic mushroom info is interesting. In Wikipedia, I found this chart made from talking to drug-harm experts:
Wow! 7 foot tall Shasta daisies! 3 foot is as tall as I've seen.
Thomas, I had mushrooms in my omelet this morning. No wonder I feel so light-headed!
Daniel, interesting title to your zinnia illustration: "YOUTH AND AGE". More flowers for me in 2018!
Lookie at this about mushrooms....
Oh they will look so pretty!!!!
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