T Melville wrote:I found a link here on permies to find out what your weeds tell about your soil. Here's what it said about weeds I recognize from my garden:
dandelion:......................low calcium, high potassium
lamb's quarter:...............rich, high nitrogen
oxalis (wood sorrel):.......low calcium, high magnesium
plantain (a little):............compact, sour, low fertility, heavy clay
|dandelion||low calcium: MISS||high potassium: HIT||1/2|
|henbit||high nitrogen: (Not Tested?) NO SCORE||0/0|
|lamb's quarter||rich: NO SCORE||high nitrogen: NO SCORE||0/0|
|oxalis (wood sorrel)||low calcium: MISS||high magnesium: MISS||0/2|
|plantain||compact: HIT||sour (Acidic?): HIT (barely)||low fertility: NO SCORE||heavy clay: HIT||3/3|
T Melville wrote:I'm attaching the MSDS for the sheetrock. The way I read it, it's safe. I thought I saw a mention of fire retardant, but can't find it now.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:hau T. Melville, I'd look into using wood chips for mulching that soil instead of manures. I Like the idea of growing green manures for chop and drop and most of the usual characters we use for that will be able to help some with the high P and K values.
If you have some DE you might want to give the soil a light dusting, the silica will do some very good things for your microbiome and it will allow plants to draw in zinc and iron even with excessive quantities of P and K.
T Melville wrote:I'll be watching for a chance to add wood chips or sawdust on the cheap.
T Melville wrote:So... the bamboo leaves clog the chipper, if I leave them on and try to feed it a culm's worth at a time. I could strip 'em off and feed 'em in slowly, but that's more time and effort than I'm looking to expend.
Problem = solution.......check.
I'm gonna call it permaculture until someone who's taken a PDC tells me to stop.
T Melville wrote:My younger son asked if he could borrow our truck for work. They were moving leaves, and the truck would save a lot of effort. Of course I told him he could, and by the way, what were they doing with the leaves? So I ended up with a truck load of tightly packed dry leaves, mostly oak. Turned out they were packed too tight for my blower / shredder / vac to pull 'em loose. Also, there was lots of gravel in them. My harbor freight shredder didn't think that was cool. So I made a new plan.
I spread them in a place where we tried making a flower bed but lost the fight against the grass. Now I've started bringing sheep and goat manure to spread over the top. Figure that'll keep them in place and help them break down quicker. So what to put in my new lasagna bed? It gets more sun than my current garden. I'm thinking I'll try my tomatoes and peppers in it. Maybe come by once they're up a bit and put some low growing cover mix in place as mulch. I wonder if legumes are a good idea with that much manure present?