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Name: Tiarra Nelson
New York (Zone 7b)
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TiarraLindsey
Mar 29, 2017 12:43 PM CST
Soil is not exactly affordable so I have been trying to think of ways to get away with cutting as many costs as possible. Well basically I have a never ending supply of rabbit manure from a rabbit breeder who gives me her waste for free. Issue with that is its mixed with hay witch is fine for composting but not ideal for my garden as it will seed. I still needed some manure for the garden method I am using so I decided to deal with the possibility of growing hay with my tomatoes, but I think I figured out a way to avoid spending too much on soil, and making sure there's lots and lots of manure available in the garden- with no hay. I am using is a no dig gardening method so basically you start the bed by laying thick layers of newspapers down to kill out any weeds. The newspaper decomposes and then the dead weeds end up enriching the soil instead of being pests. I was thinking of putting down very thick layers of the rabbit manure and hay, and then layering my newspaper on top of that to kill off any hay seeds that may sprout, and then doing a thin layer of soil on top of that. The theory is hopefully that by the time my plants have long enough roots to dig down that they can grow in the manure hay mixture similar to growing in hay bales. My two main concerns are 1. I am worried that the manure and hay will not be heavy enough to anchor my plants and they will topple over. Hay bales are compacted and I am unsure this hay mixture will compact fast enough 2. I am worried that with the hay that the composting process will heat too much and cook all my plants like a compost bin. The weeds would normally break down under the newspaper with no problems but this is a lot more material to decompose. Thoughts? I am really poor so I need to make this work as cheaply as possible and I could really use a break on my grocery bill this summer.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 29, 2017 5:01 PM CST
The pizza/layer/no-till method should of been in place in fall, to decompose.
Bite the bullet, and fight the weeds this year. In mean time get a good compost pile going, so it will be ready for next year.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 29, 2017 5:04 PM CST
I agree with Phillip. Those bales that are planted spent a year decomposing before they were used.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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