[nafex] composting

rick valley bamboogrove at cmug.com
Thu Dec 21 12:37:55 EST 2000

Turning a pile with a hoe (tined or narrow bladed eyehoe) is much easier than
with a fork, which can be used for the final dress-up. (and you can sing, as
you march out to the pile, "eye hoe, eye hoe! etc.) A bit of compost
activator #1 or Vit. "P" (urine) will get any high-cellulose pile cooking. A
bit of mineral soil or clay slurry will aid in humus formation in the heap.
And when its all done, make a tea with some, spray it on your fruit trees,
and you may well see scab disappear.... my friend Ross Olson, working for
Elaine Ingham's Soil Food Web in Corvallis, OR, did just that in one season.
Soil Food Web is on the web.

Rick Valley Northern Groves 
PO Box 1236, Philomath, OR 97370 
Mobile-(541)602-1315, hm.& msg. (541)456-4364  Bamboo catalog $3 or at 
"Useful Bamboos and other plants‹ Permaculture education‹ Ecological design &
consultation centering on water,landform and horticultural systems"

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