Tj Jefferson wrote:Josh,
No where near Fairfax, I'm in central VA about an hour out of Richmond. If you have contact info I would be interested. I am willing to wait a year on the stumps if it saves me that kind of money. I have a huge pile of rotting wood chips with lots of mycotic activity I can make a slurry from. I am even thinking about just making a pile of chips over each stump.
Bryant, would that be as effective? This has rotted for a season and there are fruiting bodies all over the place. It would sure be easier, I have no generator and I am trying to limit acquisition of "stuff". I have a tree service giving me a quote for the section with the power lines and hangers. That is beyond my comfort zone.
Tim Kivi wrote:Some permies say "there's no such thing as a weed". My gardening books all day that weeds rob the soil of nutrients meaning other plants can't access them.
What's the deal?
I've been putting on a mulch of pie seaweed on my garden bed. I top it with large dried whole maple leaves. Weeds and vegetables are all thriving. I have no problem with the weeds, unless my veggies could do better without the competition.
Now and then I simply pull a weed/grass out while picking my veggies, rip off the root from the leaves and drop it back on the ground as a mulch. Am I doing the right thing?
Tim Kivi wrote:Seaweed mulch I collected from the beach. Although it's rinsed I still fear it'll add too much salt to the soil, but hopefully not.
Homemade IMO made from rice under the mulch.
Mushroom slurry using mushrooms growing in my local park. The land's contaminated though so I don't know if that would affect the mushrooms and then my soil negatively. I could delay it until I find another source.
Leaving all weed and plant roots undisturbed but chop n' drop the tops.
Occasional use of worm tea, manure tea, and horse manure.
I don't want to harm the soil and plants/trees from too much kindness (like when I over-manures my soil last year, resulting in no cucumbers, zucchinis etc.) But I also want to give the best they can have.
Anthony Saber wrote:Hi All,
I would like to learn how to identify the microbial life in the soil/compost/compost tea.
My understanding is, you have to try and get the right mix of microrganisms to get the correct results.
Example – make more fungal compost/compost tea and see what type of compost tea is being produced etc.
I know I will need a microscope to analysis soil/compost/compost tea but needs the steps and how to identify the different microrganisms.
I know of Elaine Ingham’s courses but they are too pricey for me.
Where else can I find the information to help me on my journey of discovery?
Thanks in advance