Bryant RedHawk wrote:small additions of clay will go a long way to helping the sand hold on to water longer
charlotte anthony wrote:
over this test section plus the other 5 acres i fed with givumreitum. this is a mixture of cow dung, cow urine, legume power (lentils) and molasses. the recipe is 1 gallon of cow urine, 1 kg of cow dung, 1 kg of flour and 1 kg of molasses. this all goes into a drum (100 gallon or therabouts). then it is fermented for 3 days. it is stirred twice a day.
at the end of 3 days it is diluted at 10:1 and spread as soon as possible. if not spread that same or the next day, more material needs to be added to feed the microbes.
this is a version of microbe tea.
charlotte anthony wrote:joy,i would not use the guinea pig manure on pine chips. where are you located. i would gather weeds and submerge the weeds in water, ferment for 21 days by stirring twice a day for one minute in each direction, and then dilute it 10 times when you spread it either by spraying or drenching. do use your guinea hen manure womewhere, maybe under your trees (in the drip line).
Steve Farmer wrote:Once the peas were harvested and the plants died, the container wasn't just sand anymore, it was sand plus the remains of a pea plant - ie organic matter. I thought if I repeat this enough times I will end up with soil instead of sand.
So now I'm formalising this as an experiment/demonstration. But peas don't live long and the plants don't grow big so I'm using fast growing nitrogen fixing trees instead.