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nope.

 

just googled compost microbes and that popped up 

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allah help you if you google crotch fruit.  i haven't been brave enough to do it yet.

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nothing good

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still pulling enough green beans and zucchini every day for our dinner, and kale/chard for three nights per week.  i've dug about 3/4 of the potatoes, eh, look good, but a small crop.  a few cherry tomatoes getting ripe.  lots of butternut squash hiding in the leaves.  and apples.

we've had broccoli twice.

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belben, you don't have to compost separately, especially if there's nothing planted.  just add the materials directly to the garden - broadcast - and it will be fine.  no need to save and add to the garden later.

fwiw, f-i-l does this all year in michigan, including during the growing season.  it has worked since the 60s.

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Our garden is burping tomato's I made sauce a couple week ago and might do it again this weekend.

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2 hours ago, wally said:

belben, you don't have to compost separately, especially if there's nothing planted.  just add the materials directly to the garden - broadcast - and it will be fine.  

 

 

I tried that all summer and everything in it still died.  Tried commercial fertilizer too with no result.    I think theres so much compaction that roots cant get oxygen nutrients.  Loosening the rootballs and rows with a shovel is the only thing that gave any obvious boost.  When the bobcat could barely dig it out despite being plowed twice in spring and loosened several times i just said hell with it, this dirt is far too compacting and needs to be scrapped.

 

Same results over the years from 3 immediate neighbors.  Other end of the road is one decent looking garden, the owner digs up this real rich stinky (like a septic leach field) black creek bottom loam and has been tilling it in for years, so not very comparable to my dirt anymore

 

I found the county soil survey, 260 pages and vastly more complex than i expected dirt could be.  It claims this is a poor region for crops, kinda fooled me since i never saw more farming than here.  But i guess it is mostly hay, corn and cattle now that i think of it.  Anyhow the primary crop here is hardwood.. We have 72% of our landmass growing timber. our soils are much better suited to that. Excellent oaks can come out of this area if the management is there.

 I still need to bring a dirt sample to the usda office and see what they recommend.  Would like to have some compost made by then as well.

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One of the wife's favorite plants in her garden. Hairy Balls yup, that's the real name.

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Picked a little evil this morning.  Process tonight.

 

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