Dale Hodgins wrote:Just imagine if they put all of that time into improving their soil. They'd have so much spare time, they could create habitat for the snakes, lizards and frogs. Then they could make a spot for the swallows and bats to live.
The liming was a little over $1700 for 68 tons spread over about 34 acres. It worked about to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $25 a ton.
Tj Jefferson wrote:
One little tip I will give you to get your organic matter up fast- I spread partially decayed woodchips with a manure spreader during the wet and hot part of the year. They decay very quickly and have made a big difference. I found out I can put down about 10 yards per acre three times a year and the soil just eats them. It has meant an increase in clovers and a decrease in grass, but I think the overall incorporation of biomass is huge. I spread lime or rock dust by putting it on top of the mulch so it doesnt gum up the spreader. If you can get lots of chips, it could pay off.
James Freyr wrote:Tj- Thanks for broadening my views. I need to do a little research on who's running chipper trucks and make some cold calls or send some emails, maybe one will bite if I offer a place for them to dump wood chips for free. I have an acre or two I could let them dump to their hearts delight.
Myrth- I love leaf mold! I think it is a most excellent amendment to use in a garden. My farm has approximately 24 acres of woods, and it's in a couple large-is chunks of 6-8 acres, with a bunch of small clusters of trees scattered about in the pastures, so there are a lot of leaves produced each autumn that fall into easily accessible pasture areas. My challenge is raking or somehow gathering the leaves among tall thigh-high grasses and other plants. I think my best approach is to collect some biomass from a fall mowing and build some piles of leaves & clippings to compost.