Digger Fertilizes Lawns.
It's fall and you know what that means...time to fertilize and re-seed the lawn. Why? Because fall and winter is the time for roots to build and fragile seedlings to get a start before next summer's heat.
Of course, I work none-stop all year long on adding my contribution to the grass and pasture, but I can only do-do so much. I need some help.
Things to consider in the fall:
Healthy well-fed grass out competes weeds and eliminates the need for herbicides. Pests are reduced, which eliminates the need for pesticides. Your lawn grass will thrive as you contribute to a safer planet.
Uh...will you excuse me for just a second? I really must do my part in this grass fertilizing project now....like, pronto....
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Digger Is Certified Organic!
(huff...puff...pant...) News hot off the ticker. Left a perfectly delicious chew bone to do a quick news post: A report released today by OFRF gives evidence of the benefits of organic farming. It also reveals a bright possibility for those of you looking for a lucrative career choice in our struggling economy and shrinking job market. Read on while I rest..... (and chew)...
Because of increased demand for organic products, the report urges more public resources be directed towards programs supporting organic farming. That current support can only be described as "modest" and does not reflect the reality of the growing demand for organic products.
Further, the report reveals what we've suspected all along: Organic farming practices are tremendously beneficial to consumers, farmers, the economy, and the environment. It also urges more research be done on this growing market.
Did you know that for this ever increasing clamor for organically grown products, there are currently only 14,500 certified organic farmers who are struggling to supply the demand?
So what does the increasing demand for organic products, the limited number of certified organic growers, and the call for more Congressional initiciatives in the upcoming Farm Bill mean? Organic farming is becoming an increasingly attractive option for struggling entrepreneurs looking for a viable business with tremendous demand.
In order to be produce certified organic products, certified organic fertilizers are required. For farmers seeking organic certification, the following worm-based fertilizers are accepted.:
Pure Black Castings ™: Certified organic, OMRI listed 99.9% pure worm castings
VermaPlex ®: Liquid soil inoculant made from these organic worm castings
VermaMax®: Organically composted chicken litter. For extra nitrogen and 6% Calcium.
Digger's Bamboo Lives!
I fertilize the bamboo every chance I get. The rest is up to Ol' Bill.
Digger Digs Holes On Command.
I volunteered to make narrow holes in the potting soil of our self-watering containers, but I was turned down flat. It’s frustrating for one as talented as me in hole-digging to be passed over. Ol’ Bill opted instead for an old sailing tool to do the job. O.K., O.K. I know my holes can’t be classified as “narrow”, but what I lack in precision I make up for in enthusiasm.
This is a cool way to add worm castings fertilizer to the potting soil of our self-watering containers without having to dump out the whole she-bang. Drill several narrow holes into the mix, much like you would for tree/shrub fertilizing, and then fill with organic fertilizer. Ol’ Bill pulled out this sailing tool from his bottomless trunk that did the trick.
If you don't possess one of these uncommon tools, you can make one by cutting off a baseball bat up from the narrow end. Round off the end. It should reach down 2/3 of the container depth.
After drilling the holes, Ol’ Bill filled them with 50/50 mixture of Pure Black Castings™ and VermaMax®. He added VermaPlex® to the water reservoir and let it perk. Our containers are now ready for planting those heirloom tomato seedlings we picked up from the old-timers.
Next, our heirloom tomatoes and the yurt pics as promised. For now, I think I’ll go practice “precision hole digging”.
Our attention has turned to these poor, neglected shrubs. Actually, there's a good reason they've been neglected. You know, they call me "Digger" for a reason. Amongst these once lovely shrubs is where I gained my reputation as an accomplished digger.
I dug up the landscaping cloth, buried the mulch, made semi-permanent holes - basically creating a big mess. When I saw Kayce walk away in disgust last year, I had a feeling these shrubs were going to the back burner.
But, I've turned over a new leaf (metaphorically speaking) and no longer dig holes. Well, for the most part. Occasionally, when it's hot and I've been banished to the yard for some indoor rules infraction, I have relapses. All in all, though, I'm leaving stuff alone. So it's not going to be wasted effort to bring these shrubs back to life.
A Shrub in Need
First, we (Kayce) pulled out the vines that had overtaken the shrubs this rainy, hot summer. Then we (Kayce) sprinkled some Pure Black Castings™ and VermaMax® around the shrubs and washed it in. After a few days, we'll add a VermaPlex® drench.
Does This Shrub Have Time?
Although it's getting late in the season, there should be time for the shrubs to put out some growth. Then, in the spring we'll add the castings/VermaMax®/VermaPlex® treatment. I've promised to leave the shrubs alone from now on. When the urge to dig comes over me, there's always the planter in the front yard.
Organic Shrub Fertilizer: Combo Pure Black Castings™ and VermaPlex® for shrubs, lawns and gardens.
Extra Nitrogen For Shrubs: VermaMax® also provides an amazing 6% calcium.
I don't know about you, but growing bamboo in our area (North Central Florida) is challenging. Come to think of it, growing anything here is a challenge. Florida has 4 distinct growing zones: North Florida, Central Florida, South Florida, and Tropical Florida. As luck would have it, we're at the bottom of North Florida, and at the top of Central Florida.
What does this mean? To you, absolutely nothing. To us, it means we get more freezes than Central Florida, more heat than North Florida. We get them early and late, coming and going. No wonder ol' Bill doesn't know if he's.....well, you know.
Although winter's tend to be mild here, for the last 2 years, that has not been the case. Oh.... no, no, no. We've had temps down into the low teens both years, and for several days at a time, and for several instances. So, guess what's been happening to our bamboo?
You guessed it. They grow and grow during the summer, then winter comes and, BAM!, the freeze kills back all the lovely canes that were so promising.
Even the established bamboo gardens at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens suffered major losses. Bamboo's that have been standing for years were lost. And the property were we dug up some of our bamboo sprouts lost the big clumper.
But, our bamboo plants themselves survived and there are things we can to get some canes established this year. Pray for a milder winter and fertilize really, really good.
Here's what we did:
Find information about VermaMax® at Monroe Works.
Pure Black Castings™: Certified organic worm castings (poop).
VermaPlex®: Liquid microbial soil inoculant (a real mouth full) made from the above.
VermaMax:® Organic chicken litter (again, poop) composted with the above.
Think that "going green" is revolutionary? Did you know there was a time, not so long ago, when all farming and gardening was done organically?
Gradually, chemical fertilizers became the accepted way of farming and gardening. It was quick and easy. And, once upon a time, cheap.
The fact is, chemical fertilizer exhausts the soil, destroys the microbes, depletes the micro-nutrients, and diminishes the "tilth". The result? Dead soil.
And now, with the new "peak oil" reality, chemical fertilizers are no longer cheap. Isn't it time to stop the madness? Isn't it time to change the same-old-ways of doing things? Isn't it time to get "back to the future"?
Imagine, as you're gardening, using organic methods and applying organic fertilizers like compost, manures, and worm castings, what is actually happening. You're replenishing the soil, restoring the microbes, returning the micro-nutrients, increasing the "tilth", and, yes,...... saving the planet. So go ahead, be a revolutionary, "go green".
Find use/application guides for these certified organic worm fertilizers at Monroe Works
Pure Black Castings™ VermaPlex® VermaMax®
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The self-watering containers under roof (for shade) are doing much better than the greenhouse containers. The very early heat did a number on the greenhouse plants. Although we are harvesting some nice banana peppers, green peppers, and cherry tomatoes, the regular tomatoes are rupturing (no, make that exploding) from the heat.
As you can see, we've planted tomatoes, squash, corn and beans in the self-watering container system under the carport:
These pics were taken in May. It's now the end of June. We've decided the corn should be on a separate line than tomatoes, corn and squash because of it's extra nitrogen needs. Duh! These plants get the morning sun up until 12:00 or so, then the hot (I should say un-godly hot) afternoon sun is shaded by the roof. There seems to be enough reflected light from then on to provide adequate photosynthesis.
Our fertilizers: Pure Black Castings™ mixed into the potting soil; VermaPlex® added to the water reservoir.
For extra nitrogen, we added a cloth bag of VermaMax® to the water reservoir and let it leach into the water. The corn benefits from this added nitrogen,although the beans don't need it. That's why we've decided to put corn onto a separate system. Live and learn.
Current pics next.
VermaMax®: New certified organic source for extra nitrogen and calcium. Organic chicken litter composted with VermaPlex®.
Pure Black Castings™: Certified organic worm castings
VermPlex®: Liquid soil inoculant made from Pure Black Castings™
Combo Specials: Saves on shipping.
As promised, here's another update on our self-watering container garden, in particular the one Bill set up in the greenhouse. There are actually two separate systems, one the floor and one on the shelf. We planted tomatoes in the floor containers and peppers in the shelf containers.