Manure on root crops? Apr 26, 2013 23:39:55 GMT -5
Post by Joseph Lofthouse on Apr 26, 2013 23:39:55 GMT -5
Ha! I knew there was a reason I disliked manure, besides the weed seeds issue. Gardening is definitely about location, location, location. Manuring makes things grow worse in my garden. Since my soil is derived from limestone, it doesn't need any more alkalinity, and making it more alkaline reduces the availability of nutrients.
In my village, manure makes plants grow worse. Plant leaves turn chlorotic, growth is stunted. Then there is the weed seed issue. I'd pass on manure for that reason alone, even if it helped plant growth.
One of the major usa meat packing plants is located a few miles from my garden, so bags of supposedly aged/composted manure are available very inexpensively... I won't let the stuff get anywhere near my garden: The GMO food-stocks, and residues of associated crop protection chemicals end up in the manure along with all the antibiotics, and antibiotic resistant bacteria. No thank you. Seems as dangerous as sewer sludge.
I had a dead spot in my field for 3 years in the location where the horses had been fed. I attribute it to the effects of the residues of the crop protection chemicals. If anything would germinate in that area, growth was 75% slower than the same cultivars in other areas of the field.
I used to pick up lawn clippings and leafs on the side of the road. That became a banned activity for me after I started visiting a lady in the suburbs and I noticed the tremendous amounts of poisons that her neighbors were applying to their lawns.
I've about decided that the reason my garlic was sick is because of the aged manure I added to the bed last fall. The same cultivars that are growing in a non-amended field are not chlorotic.