[NAFEX] Cheap way to increase organic matter
hangermayer at isp.com
Mon Jan 5 22:03:25 EST 2009
You've mentioned before about people driving by to look at your place,
because it's an anomaly. Sort of an oasis in a desert. You have my
curiosity up. Do you have any summer pictures you could post? Would love
to see them.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Fruth" <>
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Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2009 11:17 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Cheap way to increase organic matter
> When I moved here, most of my land was yellow blow sand and what
> organic matter there was, was one shade grayer than yellow. Now I have up
> to 14" of rich black dirt, the envy of area farmers and it didn't cost me
> When I moved here, I lived on a dead-end road with very little traffic
> from except my (few) neighbors. I put up signs saying, "Leaves and Pine
> Needles Wanted," and word spread quickly. People from miles away brought
> their leaves and I spent my Winters spreading them. The most I received
> a single year was over fifty cubic yards. I removed the wheels from a
> semi-circular metal garden cart, fastened a piece of flat iron around the
> opening big enough to hold a 30 gallon can, making a make-shift sled that
> moved easily across the snow for moving leaves to where them would be laid
> When Spring came I tilled them in as best I could.
> I still put up my signs every Spring and Fall but I'm fussier now.
> Nowadays, I only want pine needles and pine needle/leaf mixtures. I hire
> neighborhood kids to spread them. Every two or three years each area of
> one acre garden/orchard gets a new covering of mulch and every Summer
> tourists drive by to see a garden with no weeds.
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
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