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RE: Miller in April

  • Subject: RE: Miller in April
  • From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 12:50:07 -0700

I remember an article I read long ago about heating your greenhouse with
body heat from chickens, rabbits, and the heat that would come off the
composting manure from them.  Not that I have ever lived in a cold
enough climate to worry about it, but it sure sounded like fun to try.

Cyndi

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Patricia Dickson
Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2009 12:15 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Miller in April

That is so interesting.  I remember a reading a book on how to garden
all
winter in hot compost.  I wish I could remember the name of that book.
It
used a lot of horse manure.
Tricia

--- On Thu, 3/26/09, james singer <inlandjim1@q.com> wrote:

From: james singer <inlandjim1@q.com>
Subject: [CHAT] Miller in April
To: "Garden Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2009, 1:54 PM

Couple of interesting entries for April in Miller's 18th century
"Gardener's Kalendar."

Planting melons. He says to make a small mound of fresh dung [he doesn't
say what kind but for some reason I think horse], cover the dung with a
foot
of
loam, plant the seeds on top, and cover the planting with a bell jar.
The
dung,
he says, will heat up the soil, which will stimulate germination and
root
growth; the bell jar will keep cold winds at bay. As the plants develop,
he
says, add a ring of fresh dung covered by loam around the hill to
encourage
the
roots to grow outward to support large vines.

Insects. He says if you have insects in your orchard trees wash them out
with
an infusion made with tobacco stalks. [Earliest pesticide recommendation
I
know
of. And they were still using nicotine in the mid-1900s--200 years
later.]


Inland Jim
Willamette Valley
44.99 N 123.04 W
Elevation 148'
39.9" Precipitation
Hardiness Zone 8/9
Heat Zone 5
Sunset Zone 6
Minimum 0 F [-15 C]
Maximum 102 F [39 C]

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