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Every Soil Tells a Story — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Greg! I was just thinking the other day how I missed having our rabbits. I used to raise 44 angoras, and they always provided a clean, weed-free, not-hot source of manure for the garden (unlike the llamas — I freely seeded hay all over my garden with their pellets!).

    Did you use the worm tea & fish emulsion as a foliar spray, on-the-ground watering, or both? (I did a little of both – tried to get to it every week, but it was more like every other week – sometimes less, depending. I am going to try to be more consistent next year.)

    When I scaled up my production to grow enough garlic bulbs to sell, I switched from rotating the plantings in beds around a well-worked garden to plots in the field that have been just field grass. This used to be an old dairy farm, but that was a long time ago. Building the soil has been a lot of work, and I’m kind of at the mid-size where I’m too small to invest in a tractor, my plots are rather large for this ol’ lady to tackle with a fork & shovel, I have mixed feelings about chewing things up with a tiller, and piling things on top hasn’t broken down fast enough for me and provides ideal conditions for critters and molds!

    I find the problem with clay soil is that when it’s wet, it stays wet; when it’s dry, it dries to a rock-hard clump; and from what I’ve learned, it makes nutrients unavailable to plants. Mixing in organic matter is the key.

    Thanks for checking in on my blog! Would love to get down your way and see your farm sometime!

  2. Interesting results. We planted last year in late Sept. Our beds were nothing more then a blend of Steer manure, rock free soil and some grass clippings. Throughout the spring we fed our Garlic with worn tea and fish emulsion each week. Now, we do have well draining soil, no clay at all. Not sure if this is the key, but none of our garlic ever “sat” in water for too long.

    This year, I plan on doing the same thing, only maybe adding some more organic matter.

    We would really like to find a source for organic rabbit manure!

    Thanks

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