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  • michael hollihn
    if you have two working arms, then you have an aerator...the biodynamic method works wonders...get a couple rain barrels, wood is best, plastic next, then
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 6 10:47 AM
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      if you have two working arms, then you have an aerator...the
      biodynamic method works wonders...get a couple rain barrels, wood is
      best, plastic next, then metal and fill them with rain water or just
      water and make sun tea...i usually have a couple different ones...one
      has manure and/or urine in it....one has a cow horn that was packed
      with fresh manure and buried in the earth for a season....if you don't
      like the idea of feces the you can do this with plants....i use
      comfrey, alfalfa, nettle, dandelion and bascially any green plan and
      let the mixture steep in the sun until it starts to smell "ripe"
      :).....some other good additions to the tea are sea weed, i use kelp;
      molasses and any grains/legumes...once your tea has steeped then you
      oxygenate and add to your area that you want to increase in
      fertility....this means get your aerators out...two healthy arms and a
      stick/paddle...it's very low tech and fun and healthy....the idea is
      to turn the mix and get a vortex and whip as much oxygen into the tea
      as possible, then plunge your bucket and ferilize!

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      Michael Hollihn,
      www.michaelhollihn.wordpress.com (bioregional timber frames)
      www.kettleriverfood.ning.com (building food security in the Kettle
      river watershed)
      'Be the change that you want to see' Ghandi
    • michael hollihn
      lots of good mentions here, i forgot about yarrow, also i have found this to be a very easy way to build soil and beds...where i have grass/lawn that i want a
      Message 2 of 2 , Mar 6 10:56 AM
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        lots of good mentions here, i forgot about yarrow, also i have found
        this to be a very easy way to build soil and beds...where i have
        grass/lawn that i want a bed i put down brown/un printed/un colored
        cardboard in one or two layers to smother/kill the grass, there are
        probably a few toxins in the glues/cardboard that i am unaware of but
        i am unsure and the plants seem to do well....over the cardboard i
        scatter potatoes...i then wet the cardboard and potatoes...over the
        potatoes i scatter straw and maybe some compost if available but not
        necessary...as the potatoes come through the straw i ad more straw or
        carbonaceous material (grass clippings, leaves etc.)....by the end of
        summer i have potatoes to harvest and a beautiful bed to plant in come
        next year...

        --
        Michael Hollihn,
        www.michaelhollihn.wordpress.com (bioregional timber frames)
        www.kettleriverfood.ning.com (building food security in the Kettle
        river watershed)
        'Be the change that you want to see' Ghandi
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