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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."

Comment by Randall Smith on December 16, 2017 at 7:45am

Thanks Spud and Daniel. I'll be more careful from now on.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 15, 2017 at 9:10am

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:

https://www.hunker.com/12231831/how-does-clorox-bleach-affect-plants

https://garden.org/thread/view/55865/Bleach-damage-in-my-garden/

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 15, 2017 at 8:44am

Major stinkiness is the main reason I don't save my urine for the garden.  Peeuu!!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 15, 2017 at 7:35am

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?

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 12, 2017 at 11:38am

Magic mushroom info is interesting.  In Wikipedia, I found this chart made from talking to drug-harm experts:

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 12, 2017 at 11:04am

Wow!  7 foot tall Shasta daisies!  3 foot is as tall as I've seen.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 12, 2017 at 7:44am

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!

 

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