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The Simple Joys of Life: POOP

With such high demands for instant gratification in our daily lives it is nice to have a place to remind us to slow down. For us that place can be our gardens. As Audrey Hepburn said: to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. Knowing that the bounty of our efforts today in the garden will be rewarded in the future provides an indescribable peace of mind.

It may seem strange that I am writing this article in November. However, I want to remind people that gardening is a year round process. There may be limitless access to synthetic fertilizers but do you think spreading chemical on our soil in June in order to harvest vegetables in July is the best way to reconnect with nature and disconnect from society? My advice is to slow down and garden like our ancestors.

Start working on next years garden today. Spreading Manure and compost supply the basic nutrients and micronutrients needed for crop production in addition to adding humis and beneficial microorganisms to your soil. Fresh, non-composted manure has the highest Nitrogen content. So high that it may be too much for our tender plants. Fresh manure needs to be added in the late fall or early winter. This allows time for the natural decomposers, bacteria and fungi in our soil to break down the Ammonia & ammonium (NH3 & NH4) in the animal waste and form Nitrate (NO3), plants favorite food.

Spring rainfalls will help the NO3 that forms at the tail end of the Nitrogen cycle leach down into the soil profile. If we then till organic compost and sand into the soil before planting our gardens we will have a well structured soil profile with an even distribution of NO3 (plant available Nitrogen) and NH3 (stored Nitrogen for future consumption). In addition to the nutrient supply, increased organic matter improves soil structure, increases water holding capacity, and improves drainage.

Step 1: Dump manure on top of your garden bed in the fall or early winter
Step 2: let nature do its thing
Step 3: Add some organic compost and sand on top of the manure in the spring time.
Step 3: Till the compost, sand, and manure into the garden soil
Step 4: Plant your garden and enjoy


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