Kevin Elmore wrote:
Has anyone tried chopping up green prickly pear cactus as a soil amendment.
Kevin Elmore wrote:Has anyone tried chopping up green prickly pear cactus as a soil amendment. I am curious to know because the "gel" in cactus is what the plant uses to hold water for long dry periods. Besides being green matter, if the gel kept some of its water holding properties for a time after being cut, it could be very useful to place deeper in hugels or under trees.
Rory Turnbull wrote:Yucca Schidegra is a common ingredient in organic fertilizers and compost tea food sources. It contains steroidal saponins, which stimulate microbe and plant growth.
Kevin Elmore wrote:I am planning to try Vetiver grass (CHRYSOPOGON ZIZANIOIDES)? Look at Vetiver.ORG for more information on this sterilized super grass. I plan to start a small nursery to grow my own sprigs from, but as Xisca has pointed out extra water will be required to get them established. I have several gullies that are in need of some serious stabilization and since the roots can go SO DEEP it might work.