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#1 jd.rasentrac OFFLINE  

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Posted July 31, 2012 - 07:07 AM

In an older thread I found a discussion about herbicid residues in bought manure.

I think the best way to get good manure is composting the own garden waste. Sure, that´s not alternative for big farms.
But how does the american garden owner handle this, or better: do you compost your garden waste?!

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Posted July 31, 2012 - 07:25 AM

When the garden stops producing, we cut or pull what is left and feed it to our herd of sheep. :orangecool:

That then produces manure for the garden for next year.
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Posted July 31, 2012 - 07:53 AM

I only have a small garden so i compost my plants after they stop producing. I just added some bean stalks last week.
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Posted July 31, 2012 - 08:27 AM

All my garden residue gets ripped up & worked back into the soil, except for the broccoli plants, which I pull up being they are the first to play out. The corn gets mowed down with my JD F935 mower, as it tears it up real nice. Once everything has played out, garden gets mowed up again. Late in the Fall it gets plowed under. Later I use my FEL to spread the manure compost pile over the garden also. Then I might plow again in Spring.
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Posted July 31, 2012 - 08:29 AM

I've used all the grass clippings I can produce to mulch the garden. So have not generated enough volume to start a compost pile. The grass clippings are tilled into the garden at the end of the season.
So I run the mower over the garden waste to chop it up and then till it in. The peelings and leaving from the wifes canning is spread on the garden and tiled in. Just last night I picked the last of the second planting of sweet corn and ran the mower over the stalks.Tonight I need to till it in.

I'm planning to do things a little different next year and only till the area where I actually plant.and leave grass walkways between(a form of strip farming?.) My garden is running across a hill, and the grass walk ways would help control erosion if I should get a Gully Washer(rain).
So I intend to sew rye grass over the entire garden this fall.

Edited by JD DANNELS, July 31, 2012 - 08:37 AM.

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Posted July 31, 2012 - 08:48 AM

I was told potato plants are not good for putting into the garden soil. So i burn them in my fire pit..
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Posted July 31, 2012 - 08:49 AM

I till mine back in along with any grass clippings I or my neighbors collect. Actuall we just moved into our new place so I don't have a garden this year... the new place has about 30 over grown trees and shrubs that I've cut back so I'm burning all of that brush on the garden plot also. Then I plan to get a couple truck loads of compost or woods dirt (read: organic material!) to put on top of it soon. I'll plow that in and then sow some sort of a cover crop this fall.
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Posted July 31, 2012 - 09:01 AM

Yes, we shred everything and compost it. The goat barn provides nice waste to compost as well for the gardens. The cows are free range so they do their thing as we move them from field to field. Any hay that comes onto my farm is from my neighbors farms ( I do 3 of them in hay) they have no pesticide usage either. Our growth rate is slower, without hormones and such, but I have a waiting list for buying our beef.
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Posted July 31, 2012 - 09:27 AM

I was told potato plants are not good for putting into the garden soil. So i burn them in my fire pit..

That's a thought and one I have not considered in 50 yrs of gardening(I'm counting the time where hoeing the garden was one of my chores as a kid). I've alway tilled them under. Now I would say that may be true if you have a problem with potato bugs that could winter over or if you had a problem with blight and you planted them in the same place every year. I never plant the same thing in the same area two years in a row.
By moving them around I think I avoid resident problems to take the crop the following year. But must admit the more I learn, the more aware I am of how little I know!!

Edited by JD DANNELS, July 31, 2012 - 09:31 AM.

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Posted July 31, 2012 - 10:06 AM

But must admit the more I learn, the more aware I am of how little I know!!


Boy howdy i feel the same way... At 40 im still learning this garden thing. Been playing in the dirt for many years.. lots of the time it was one uncles or anothers that had a couple acre garden.. The one grouchy ole uncle has the nicest garden dirt i have ever seen...

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Posted July 31, 2012 - 10:27 AM

I was told potato plants are not good for putting into the garden soil. So i burn them in my fire pit..


The haulm will composte slowly and so we burned it outside in the field - years ago. But I think if you shred it, this will be no prob anymore.

Edited by jd.rasentrac, July 31, 2012 - 10:27 AM.

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Posted July 31, 2012 - 11:32 AM

The haulm will composte slowly and so we burned it outside in the field - years ago. But I think if you shred it, this will be no prob anymore.

I have been watching for a cheap shredder... I would love to make mulch out of a lot of things.
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Posted July 31, 2012 - 11:38 AM

Everything is buried under with the plow.
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Posted July 31, 2012 - 11:57 AM

My composting area and the high tech equipment :rolling: The shredder wasn´t very expensive, nearly fourhundred Euro (I must ask my wife, she knows it all), but if it`s a real cheap gizmo, you can call it also a gimmick, from a DIY-store, then it is brand new scrap metal :wallbanging:

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Posted July 31, 2012 - 12:08 PM

I let the neighbors throw there grass clippings and leaves on my compost pile along with weeds, old plants from the garden Team-Green I use on old rotary mower just for cutting up the bigger stuff like potato , tomato , peas, plants also even small woody clippings from the grapes, blueberries and raspberries get mulched up with the mower before going into the compost pile . For the kitchen waste I put them into a 10gl plastic bucket with a screw on lid , drilled holes in it . It doesn't compost well but keeps the dog from having leftovers lol . If I'm turning the pile with the tractor I'll try to put that at the bottom and bury it . Al

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