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Re: fertilizers types and uses
« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2014, 10:24:59 PM »
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Re: fertilizers types and uses
« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2014, 07:29:21 AM »
Nice one Scary!  clap:-)



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Re: fertilizers types and uses
« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2014, 08:05:14 AM »
I agree with BG about the 'pure' wood ash...according to Lawrence Hills in Organic Gardening, the very best wood ash comes from the pruning of fruit trees, fruit bushes etc as they contain very little lignin and have oodles of good stuff as they are the active growing point of the trees. So any branches up to about 1" thick would yield the best stuff. It's even worth asking other plot holders for their prunings, it's valuable stuff.

We keep about 3 dozen laying chickens here and they produce vast quantities of droppings, mostly at night when they roost. My lovely wife is the main chicken house cleaner and we bag it up and store it so that it has time to break  down/compost.

Now chicken Poo, (along with any other bird poo like pigeons for example) as has been mentioned, is largely pure nitrogen, BUT,  what we do is this. We use fine would shavings (bought in from our farm supplier) as the scratch litter in their shed (note, our birds are all free range but their feeder is in their shed); at the time of scattering a layer of shavings we also scatter a good dusting of wood ash from our wood burner.

There is a chemical reaction here that does several things. The droppings which normally have a strong ammonia smell (where the nitrogen comes from) mix with the wood ash, get absorbed by the shavings and create a, more or less, ammonia free atmosphere.

The key to this is that it helps the shavings to break down far quicker than if they are dug into the soil, it makes the droppings less strong, therefore makes the wood ash, shavings, droppings compost more quickly available for using on the plot. We bag it up in used animal feed sacks (we keep pigs, lambs, chickens) and stack them up, each one becoming a mini, enclosed compost heap.

About a year, normally does it and then it gets used/rotovated in. Remember, though this is still a very nitrogen rich fertiliser so use with caution...brilliant on salad crops and as a boost for fruit etc.

Another thing to note is that wood shavings, unless they are composted down thoroughly, actually rob your soil of nitrogen as they break down in the soil, therefore, depriving your plants of the much needed stuff.
The droppings contain so much nitrogen that the bacteria get to work sooner and for longer and get the job done admirably; all in a plastic compost bag.

I have about 2 dozen Bocking 14 comfrey plants in a bed and they love this stuff and get plenty of it.
« Last Edit: March 24, 2014, 08:08:10 AM by Robw349 »
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Re: fertilizers types and uses
« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2014, 09:22:15 AM »
A brilliant, accurate and very practical post Rob. It's so encouraging to find our forum attracting such knowledgeable contributors.

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Re: fertilizers types and uses
« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2014, 11:23:42 PM »
Great write up Tommy so glad you found this forum to post on stick around mate and keep posting we need to pick your brains ....