John Brownlee

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I've thought of using comfrey tea. Does it not need a vent to release pressure as it brews? I'm in Georgia so it shouldn't take much time to brew. I do have a bit of comfrey but my plants are in production for cuttings. I don't yet have nettle growing so could I do half comfrey leaves and half a mix of lettuce, kale, collards etc?
3 years ago
Chad, any idea what the nitrogen level might be for compost tea like this? The goal is to push rapid (healthy) growth to get plants to market quickly. I have limited space so turnover is key to success.
3 years ago
I'm looking for ideas on how to make a quick (like 24 hours) liquid, fast acting, organic fertilizer. I'm starting a nursery business,and I need a way to regularly fertilize potted plants, because to sell they need to look good. Bare minimum requirements are organic. I refuse to use salt based chemical feet, and besides, I really can't afford to buy all the fertility. I do have chickens and we use deep litter in the coop. Any input?
3 years ago
John, I tried something similar to your method on my own and it was a total disaster. I'll try it again step by step.

Rick, I'll still take help, and your example looks great.
4 years ago
William, I'll try that.
4 years ago
Yeah computers just aren't intuitive for me. Plants and soil make more sense.
4 years ago
Can anyone help me get topographic info off the damn internet onto a large piece of paper so I can work on a design by hand where I know what I'm doing? Getting some kinda effing frustrated here...
4 years ago
Hi all. My wife and I are looking to make contacts in the Knoxville Tennessee area. We spent a weekend there several years ago and fell in love with the area. It just felt like home to both of us. We have wanted to move there ever since and have not been able to. Our situation has changed in the last few months, and it seems that I need to find a new job. It only makes sense to look for one in the area where we want to live. So I'm wondering if there are any permies in and around Knoxville that can point me in the direction of some places that I can look. I'm using all the job finder sites and Craigslist so that may turn something up. (Been using them for years. Nothing yet) I used to do chemical treatments on lawns for trugreen, and going back to lawncare is out of the question. I'm not looking for anyone to offer me a job, just some recommendations of places to look for work.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help!
4 years ago
Tim, I have found in the last couple of weeks that your method seems to work well. I look for the tendril and leaf directly opposite the melon to be dry. Also a friend of mine from church told me that his grandfather said that if you wait till the stem coming out of the melon is brown it will be perfect every time.
An idea popped into my head recently and I don't know if it has ever been done.
Could you use a urine diverting toilet to collect solid human waste into a removable chamber that doubles as a biochar burn chamber? This would change a potentially dangerous waste product into a valuable soil amendment.
Good idea or does it suck?
4 years ago