Hi-Line Kitchen Processing & Garden Center wrote:Our newest experiment...as we have access to the best woolen mill in the Pacific /northwest, we have been using wool waste as a soil amendment. Ahhhhh, why you ask...Wool is 10-15% nitrogen, nitrogen makes plants grow. Wool retains water like pregant ankles (no disrespect intended) Wool is fluffy! So, when you combine this in a garden in a drought in Montana, what happens... Happy tomatoes!! We have taken swag wool (ucky) shredded it and used it as a soil amendment. It has decreased our water usage by about 31%. It has lightened our soils, and is showing great strides in helping our wee tomatoes become sturdy Montana style tomatoes...Our woolen mill has had wool on test with the WTI/DOT for the last 3 years, proving wool increases plant growth. (results available through MSU, WTI and the DOT), increases moisture retention and is way better then nitrogen robbing amendments like straw, bark and the like...More photos as we grow!!! The tomatoes are thriving!!! You can see the wool that is above ground...really cool seeing a livestock by-product increasing vegetable production!!
Dale Hodgins wrote:I think this would be best done at the bottom of the trench or somewhere else where wool won't stick beyond the surface. Wool is really good at wicking moisture, and it would probably bring moisture from lower levels, to the surface.