Scott Reil wrote:
Your nitrogen in a healthy soil is found in bacteria.
Irene Kightley wrote:
Fresh tree chips are highly regarded by the French as a mulch called BRF. (Bois Raméal Fragmenté) which helps introduce the elements necessary to make good humus, aiding soil conservation due to the water retention capacity of humus content and the capacity of water accumulation and management by soil organisms.
BRF also encourages highly-mycorrhized root systems, higher phosphorus, potassium and magnesium content.
asmileisthenewak47 wrote:from what i have been led to believe this doesn't work, at least when you are planning on planting in to where they were digging.
there is a growing number of people producing pasture raised pork, the thought process that pigs must be kept in pens has been abandoned, i hope it stays that way haha!
Emerson White wrote:
Rhizobium sp. innoculant They have different strains for beans and peas but I'd imagine any would work You can find it at most garden centers. If you want I'll find you some online.
Salts are all right, and even needed, it is a matter of concentration. A very light application of Nitrogen salt fertilizer will be 100% Okay, because the plants will snap it up before it causes problems. Urine is very salty, but you don't soak the whole field in it repeatedly all at once. you leave a little here, and a little there, etc.
Emerson White wrote:
My point is not that we should be doing this, just that it isn't necessarily something with out a place in the world.
Irene Kightley wrote:heninfrance,
Pigs don't graze as you probably know and destroy pasture for any grazing animal. But as they are great diggers you can use that to your advantage in rotating land. Two of our young pigs cleared an acre here in about ten days and really enjoyed themselves in the process !.
We left this field to regenerate naturally and after two years it has a wonderful mixture of all sorts of plants - which is exactly what goats need.
They'll clean a space filled with gorse, bracken and brambles and eat anything edible they find. In the spring and summer we feed ours near the house from our veg plot. In autumn, we've several fenced-off areas in the woods where they eat tree leaves, bushes, acorns, chestnuts, to their hearts' content. (We don't put them in our best Cep areas though ! )
Pigs have the added advantage that unless you want to breed your own, you can kill them in the winter when there's not much to eat then buy weaners in spring.
Providing you've enough food for them, they are much easier to keep than goats and sheep !