I am trying to protect some early season flowers using bone sauce around the plants. I got some broken branches and stuck them in the ground and covered with bone sauce. They stick are placed all around the new growth flowers. Still to early to provide my results.
Has anyone tried to use the bone sauce to form a protective barrier around annuals/non-woody plants? Results?
Here is a link to an article in the Buffalo News about how deer populations are growing and eating all the NY state parks young plants and farmers young vegetables:
I'm curious as why your bone sauce isn't working. Can you tell me what bones you used? How long did you burn the fire? cast iron container or maybe some other metal?
Brett Andrzejewski wrote:Elle,
I'm curious as why your bone sauce isn't working. Can you tell me what bones you used? How long did you burn the fire? Cast iron container or maybe some other metal?
I can't really tell you the details of how it was made. My husband made it after researching it forever. We used a metal roasting pan to make it. The bones were cow, I believe. However, according to what I'd read it looked and smelled correct. I applied it correctly from what Zach had said.
I know it isn't working because the trees I applied it to have still been eaten off by rabbits. The mulberry pic attached shows some of the damage, though the nut trees are just bitten clean off. Clearly rabbit work.
Interesting. I haven't been able to confirm the bone sauce preventing rabbit damage. If Buffalo has another hard winter I will be able to. Last winter the rabbits girdled so many trees in my area to stave starvation. I can say for certain that it stopped the deer.
I gave some of my bone sauce to a friend in the area who runs a landscaping company. I'll ask him about rabbit prevention this winter too.
Can you smell the bone sauce if you're nearby the tree? Is this not something to put in my front yard, for fear my children will die of the stench?
Jennifer Smith wrote:I guess as usual I see something else here.
I am seeing dry picked, clean, sun bleached, old bones. Nothing tasty there. I am seeing this gunk being absorbed into the trees and becoming part of them forever. More a calcium paste than a tasty paste,
I would not partisipate in this forum if I did not think Paul is worth listening to, and if he believes, I for one will try it.
I just read this in his book today. Page 166. The bone were all saved from the years slaughtering and SMOKED. The were stored in a screened chest so they had ventilation and dried out. Then bone salve burning man came by in the fall. The bones were crushed to fit in the pot. The fire built around the top pot had to be not too hot and not too cold. The right temperature caused the fat from the bones to drip into the water. If a spark reached the steaming oil there could be an explosion. When done you had a sticky brown mass in the bottom and light gray flecks of bone in the top pot. This bone salve was used as medicine on animals and to keep flies off the animals at harvest. The bone salve to use on trees had other ingredients added. Page 114. Add linseed oil, soaked lime, fine quartz sand and fresh cow dung to make a spreadable consistency which we would paint on with a brush or a broom. If you add more linseed oil you can sprinkle it on "like holy water". He says you can make a a similar brew from mineral naptha or beechwood tar but it isn't as good so you should burn pig bristles or cattle hair to add to it. The linseed oil is made from flax seed and holds the other ingredients together and makes it stick to the tree. The quartz sand is unpleasant to eat. In the book he said it lasted for years but did not say decades.
Deer pressure is heavy but i put my cows in that area a couple days a month. Any insite if they will stay away from the trees vs not nibbling them? Cows like to rub against trees to scratch their head or get flies off their body. Horses also. I lost a small apple tree to a belly rub.
Joel Hollingsworth wrote:I think cheap wrought iron (aka mild steel) would work like cast iron, it just would wear out after a few uses. The chemistry of wrought iron vs. cast iron is very nearly the same as far as surface chemistry; exactly so, in the case of high-temperature reducing environments like the pyrolysis still Sepp describes.
A steel drum would work great AFAIK.
Is an oil drum made of steel? Here, cast iron pots are rare and kettles even more so. But, I oil drums can be found.