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what is your tree paste?

 
Pamela Smith
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Location: BC Canada Zone 5&6
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Hello Adam, Another question, you talk about adding your biodynamic compost to this tree paste. what is your biodynamic compost? almost all my scraps go to my poultry. So my compost is mostly poultry manure with straw and hay breaking down.
Another compost is a humanure compost. Also you mention manure added to this paste. how old is this manure? aged manure turns into dirt. Since I am surrounded by forest and my orchard is very young it is easily damaged by many pest.
Organic spraying has not helped. I would love a paste on the trees. This is an excellent idea. How often do you apply this paste? I assume in the late winter early spring?So any tips about this paste would be most helpful. Thank you, have a wonderful day. <3
 
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The tree paste is made of raw cow manure, finished BD compost, sand, and horsetail (equisetum) tea. Equal parts of the three solid components, mixed with enough tea to make a nice smear-able texture. Apply in late winter as you surmised.

One suggestion is that for optimal composting of poultry manure, you need a lot of carbon, so sawdust is much better than straw. Straw just doesn't have enough carbon to balance the high nitrogen levels of the poultry manure.

It is always good to use the biodynamic compost preparations in our compost piles, as they add an optimal balance of microbes to guide the decomposition in an ideal direction.

good luck!

 
Pamela Smith
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Thanks again Adam. I never thought about straw and hay not being a high brown for the manure. I will be sure to add woodchips and sawdust to my pile.
I am looking forward to smearing my trees and having a more healthier orchard.
 
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