David Goodman wrote:Since a lot of the traditional sources of scavenge-able material (hay, straw, manure) are now contaminated with long-term herbicides and other toxins, I definitely agree that growing high-biomass plants is a wise choice. I've planted trees I can coppice (various nitrogen fixers, Paulownia, mulberry, sweet gum) as well as fast-growing perennials such as Tithonia diversifolia.
That wouldn't work in your area; however, their cousin Jerusalem artichokes make a lot of biomass and compost readily. As a bonus, they're edible. Chapter 10 of my book is titled "Grow Your Own Compost." You've got the right idea.
And I agree on nettles. Very nutritious for you and the soil.
David Goodman wrote:Seaweed is great if you can get it. I rinse it first...
Rose Pinder wrote:
There are some sustainability issues with harvesting seaweed. We're taking nutrients out of that particular ecosystem. I think for many of us it's hard to see the impact, because we're not as connected to sea and tidal ecosystems as we are to land based ones.