[nafex] blueberries/wool/mulch

Tom Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Fri Nov 16 09:47:58 EST 2001


Hi,

Wool and felt wastes are a good source of nitrogen.

To see the N-P-K values go here;

       http://www.aces.edu/department/ipm/orgfert.htm

Later,
Tom

del stubbs wrote:

> Amy, I re-read your post about wool under blueberries.
>
> My wife grew up picking wild blueberries, but we have very
> heavy soil and
> not a blueberry in sight.  So, for a present,  I dug out a
> side-hill pit 18"
> deep x 4' x 8' and added 1/3 proportions of peat moss,
> sand, and rich garden
> soil. Put in northern hardy blueberrries 3 years ago, keep
> 'em weeded, and
> to date we've gotten a whoppin 3 berries!
>
> Is there something magic about wool that I have'nt heard
> of?
>
> We can get plenty of free cleaned reject wool from the
> local wollen mill. Or
> is the lanolin, dirt, etc. of 'fresh ' wool important? I
> don't understand
> the principle of planting a blueberry on a pile of wool
> unless i'ts just
> keeping its dry feet or such, I would think the roots
> would be starved.
>
> Secondly, wool was mentioned as a good mulch. My wife
> tried a bunch of this
> stuff over our asparagas first time this winter, so we'll
> see. But my
> concern is that the the voles will have R20 housing for
> the winter as well.
> any comment? Doesn't it matt down to nothing under snow?
> Thanks, Del
>
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Thomas Olenio
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