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Re: Miller in April

  • Subject: Re: Miller in April
  • From: Maria <marolsh@verizon.net>
  • Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 19:48:01 -0400

Thirty-five or forty years ago, Organic Gardening magazine recommended it for tomatoes. The technique involved burying a #10 juice can with several holes punched around the bottom. The can was filled with manure and three tomato plants were then deeply planted around it. Water was poured into the can and delivered manure tea directly to the roots.

I was living in NYC and had tomatoes planted in a small yard with wretched "soil" and too little sun, but actually got some very respectable tomatoes with this method.

Maria in NE PA, zone 5b

Germans have used this method for years, call it "dung water"...makes a big
difference...I think you might have an opportunity.

[Original Message]
From: Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Date: 3/26/2009 5:35:22 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Miller in April

I remembered something funny, don't know if I mentioned this before or
not...you all know I have that website with the gardening catalogs
right? So a couple months or so ago I got an email from a nice person
asking for her company to be listed. She sells manure...packaged in 8 oz bags...to make "manure tea" with. For like $10. There's even gift packs.
And it's from her own animals!
I shouldn't make fun or anything because, sheesh, go for it if you can
get it...but I did laugh. I'd be a millionaire if I could sell all the
poop at my place.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Jesse Bell
Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2009 12:14 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Miller in April

Hmm.  Well...I have LOTS of the fresh dung at my place!  Take your
pick...horse, cow, llama, chicken, goat....as soon as I can save up for
of those "speedy" composters, I'm gonna stick a sign out front that says "compost for sale" right next to my "Chicken Eggs/ $3.00 a dozen". LOL.

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

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
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
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
to encourage the roots to grow outward to support large vines.

Insects. He says if you have insects in your orchard trees wash them
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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