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Author: Derekgripper (Derekgripper)
Monday, May 10, 2010 - 2:34 pm
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We have a very simple method of growing veggies in humanure - we are inspired by Fukuoka who books describe what is now known as Natural Farming, a radical form of co-operative agriculture based on the idea that science creates more problems that it solves. So, what we do is this: we have two small bins which take about three months to fill (we are a family of six). When one is full we leave it and move to the next one. When that is full we empy the first one, making a shallow bed about 3 inches deep somewhere in the garden. We don't prepare the soil below this bed excpet for cutting back the long grasses which we lay as mulch later. We then make a large mixture of seeds and throw them onto the bed, mulching with either straw or the grasses we cut. Every so often we may need to cut back some grasses and lay them as more mulch, but we never pull out roots. Eventually the vegetables and green manure plants take over and the grasses and "weeds" are just one of the crowd. If you are worried about the seeds being eaten you can make the mix of seeds and make a mixture of 1 part seeds, 3 parts compost and 5 parts clay with 2 parts water. Form the dough into pellets and dry. Then you can scatter these over your beds (and the rest of the garden even where there is no humanure). The clay will protect the seed until the rains come (or until you water) and will also provide a starter bed for the sprouts. It is good to add white clover or another green manure in with the vegetable seeds to help out compete the weeds. We are having some success with this mehtod - here is one of our beds fro when we just started to use this method

Author: Joseph Woodbridge (Notig)
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - 1:35 am
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Would appreciate some tales of peoples gardening adventures with humanure and also pics to show off if any have some.

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