ian labo wrote:Hello Dr Redhawk. Do you think your super soil can equal the amount of harvest in a chemically fertilize farm. And how about the amount of work invested. I have concerns over the prohibitive price of chemical fertelizer in the near future due to many things but primarily due to the cost of petrol.
Skip Smith wrote:Hi Redhawk.
My garden is recently cleared oak forest with stumps intact. There is sc orange clay soil that drains well. Last year the potatos grew to half an inch instead of full sized. It has earthworms and snails ladybugs stink bugs and big black ants. It's all on a 1:6 n facing slope.
I need to grow food fast. I broke up the mat of roots and decayed leaves on the surface and mixed it with the orange clay soil beneath and added lime and some wood ash. It needs more nitrogen. I bought some ca nitrate. Can I put a very small amount in to get things jumpstarted without hurting the worms and good bacteria too much? Nothing wants to grow but I have grown about 5 huge daikon after scattering hundred of seeds. My radishes and turnips only grew to one inch but my dads are three in high. Similar weather. Temperature max 65 F and min 35.
Also I want to make use of all the leaves and urine but don't want to smell it at all. How can I make a completely inoffensive smellin leaf compost pile that has lots of microbes? I got molasses hoRse salt lick and can chop the leaves with a weedwaker. Thanks