Re: [fukuoka_farming] prepared compost and chemical fertilizers
- Dear friend,
There is difference in making compost for fertilizer and giving back all
aggro residues including cows dung and poultry beats to the fields as it is.
On Sat, Nov 28, 2009 at 6:49 PM, James <jim@...> wrote:
> It is my understanding that Fukuoka advised against this but yet he said he
> used poultry manure.
> I see very little difference from the elemental state between N, P and K
> provided by nature or by other organic natural substances applied by
> mankind. We have used a lot of poultry manure over the years for fertilizer
> as well as for setting back existing vegetation to plant Fall seeded
> forages. The poultry manure is very high in nitrogen and will burn back any
> vegetation it is applied to if it is very fresh.
> We make many many tons of organic compost in our grassfed pasture based
> cow/calf operation that go back on our no-till gardens and pasture/hay
> fields. My methods are not very structured or controlled. I simply scoop of
> what remains around my bale feeders and pile it up in a large windrow that I
> occasionally turn over. None is wasted and this is an excellent way to add
> carbon to the soil and improve and increase the numbers of soil organisms.
> My practices include feeding the worms and they will do the work for you.
> When we moved here 5 years ago, one could not find an earthworm anywhere.
> Now they are found in abundance everywhere. The soil is alive and forage
> yields improved dramatically. We bought an old worn out potato farm that had
> been abused for years. Relying strictly on nature to revitalize the soil had
> not worked in 10 years under permanent vegetation without the addition of
> compost in our grazing system.
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