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 Post subject: Ok, I'm gonna try this
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:12 pm 
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Hello, I live up here on the high plains, north of Lubbock about 50 miles. This weekend is Easter & NOAA is putting up freeze warnings, and predicting snow, so it will be at least 2weeks before I plant my veggies.
I have always used compost & cow manure, but I have also used the blue stuff each year. Then last year in mid May I discovered Howard. I wasn't too happy with how the blue stuff was doing in the drought, so I made up some Garret juice & the rest is history. I used it for the rest of the year & had the best garden in this area. Far better than some friends still using the blue stuff.
Ok fast forward to today, my soil is a light clay not too tight & has good water holding capacity. I'm gonna give this organic thing a try & see what happens. Here is what I did today. 800 sq ft garden, 40 lbs. dry mollassas,25 lbs. humate, 40 lbs rabbit pellets (alfalfa), 24 lbs Soil Mender YumYum mix, & 50 lbs. corn meal (the plain old kitchen type, couldn't find the whole ground type). I watered this in & as soon as it dries up after this weekend I'll till that in about 3" deep.
Question, is this a good enough start? I will still be using compost, & will keep using my homebrewed version of Garrett juice. So what else do I need to do?
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If I were a veggie I would want to grow in your garden. Add mulch when the temps begin to rise and maintain as even soil moisture as you can throughout the summer. Weekly foliar feeds should keep bugs and fungus as bay. Might mix in some rock powders like lava sand, green sand and/or expanded shale.
There are three elements of healthy soil, Chemical, Physical and Biological. Your ammendments help the chemical and physical, now you have to wait for the biology to get working.
If you are really serious get a BRIX meter to test the sugar (disolved solids) in your leaves to see if the plants are picking up what you are giving them.
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Well I did try it & boy Am I glad I did. Dont know if it was the organics or the rain that fell perfectly this year but this is by far the best garden I have ever done. For proof see my post in the, let me see pics of your garden, post in this same forum. No bug problems, no fungus problems just lots of great veggies!


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Butchb wrote:
Hello, I live up here on the high plains, north of Lubbock about 50 miles. This weekend is Easter & NOAA is putting up freeze warnings, and predicting snow, so it will be at least 2weeks before I plant my veggies.... Here is what I did today. 800 sq ft garden, 40 lbs. dry mollassas,25 lbs. humate, 40 lbs rabbit pellets (alfalfa), 24 lbs Soil Mender YumYum mix, & 50 lbs. corn meal (the plain old kitchen type, couldn't find the whole ground type). I watered this in & as soon as it dries up after this weekend I'll till that in about 3" deep.
Question, is this a good enough start? I will still be using compost, & will keep using my homebrewed version of Garrett juice. So what else do I need to do?
:?


:shock: Wow! That is over the top! More than double what is normally recommended. Glad to hear you are having such great success, though! Organic is the way to go. One thing to keep in mind: more is not necessarily better. Although you had great results with your garden, regarding other organic applications, it is something to think about.

Before I was enlightened, the more is better mentality had a grip on me. I recall spraying Diazanon at twice the recommended strength. :roll: Argh! -- :oops: -- I am so glad I know a better way now! :D

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