Organic Gardens: Organic treatment of yellow leaf on tomato plant, epsom salts, lack of magnesium. Raised garden beds: hugelkultur instead of irrigation. Raised garden bed hugelkultur after one month raised garden bed hugelkultur after one year raised garden bed hugelkultur after two years raised garden bed hugelkultur after twenty years It's a german word and some people can say it all german-ish.
I'm an american doofus, so I say "hoogle culture". I learned this high-falootin word at my permaculture training. Hugelkultur is nothing more than making raised garden beds filled with rotten wood. I do think there are some considerations to keep in mind. Another thing to keep in mind is that wood is high in carbon and will consume nitrogen to do the compost thing. Pine and fir will have some levels of tanins in them, but I'm guessing that most of that will be gone when the wood has been dead for a few years. In the drawings at right, the artist is trying to show that while the wood decomposes and shrinks, the leaves, duff and accumulating organic matter from above will take it's place. Compost - to pee or not to pee - Soil Forum. Regarding germs in the compost bin; I almost never wear gloves when I'm composting or gardening.
I never think to put them on. My hands go from garden soil with lots of compost, to compost bin, to working in the house doing sheetrocking, etc. I just don't get infections of any sort. Hormesis? Perhaps, but it just has never seemed to be a problem. I was working in the compost bin last year, moving a pile from one bin to another when I banged my right hand on the splintery piece of scrap plywood that has been one side of a bin for eight years. A chunk of wood got jammed through my thumbnail. I went to the doc-in-the-box the next day and they numbed the thumb and pulled that chunk out of the thumbnail. There was no infection afterward. Two weeks ago, I shot a brad through the tip of my left finger. I cut one end of the brad off, and carefully rotated that curved end out of my finger.
It never got infected, despite the constant exposure to garden soil, compost, sheetrock dirt, etc. Human urine as a safe, inexpensive fertilizer for food crops. Researchers in Finland are reporting successful use of an unlikely fertilizer for farm fields that is inexpensive, abundantly available, and undeniably organic -- human urine.
Their report on use of urine to fertilize cabbage crops is scheduled for the Oct. 31 issue of ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Despite the 'yuk!' Factor, urine from healthy individuals is virtually sterile, free of bacteria or viruses. Naturally rich in nitrogen and other nutrients, urine has been used as fertilizer since ancient times. Urine fertilization is rare today. In the new study, Surendra K.
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