Re: CULT: Please don't give HUMORE the bad rap...
Regarding the John Jones post of yesterday, I feel compelled to share this
with the list... I feel HUMORE is most unjustly getting the bad rap from
improperly informed sources... ALL the OKC National Convention gardens (IRIS
AND DAYLILY) used HUMORE. I use HUMORE. I've had no rot... Linda Mann may
have been more on target with her post of a couple days ago...
You will remember Nancy Fernandes, who was the 4 acre dual tour garden in
Edmond with all the ponds... She responds to Abe's message earlier in the
In response to the HUMORE message, I forward this to you for your perusal...
Kath in OKC...
>>In a message dated Thu, 28 Dec 2000 12:20:34 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<< Kathy.....(you may forward this post if you would like).
I do not believe that Humore caused any poisoning of the Iris or the soil.
If anything, I believe Round Up could have been a contiributing factor plus
the fact that we had horrible hot hot growing periods the first two years the
Iris were received. Some of the Iris I received came to me in bad condition,
not all of them, but enough of them to add to the problems. All are
contributing factors: strong chemicals, high temps, drought and some Iris
received in the rotting stage.
There is absolutely nothing in Humore (manure and alfalfa, composted) that
could have caused "poisoning" of the plants or the soil. I sincerely believe
we were the unfortunate victims of the many days of 100+ degree growing days,
prolonged drought, and the fact that Round Up is used in preparing the soil,
which may have injured the health of the good plant microbes. This, in spite
of what the manufacurers say about Round Up not harming the soil, is STILL a
potent chemical as far as the good soil microbes are concerned.
In 1988, during nationals here, I had used Round Up in preparation where the
guest plants were grown. In my own private plantings I did not use any Round
Up. My own plants were growing healthy and superbly during convention time
(in these gardens the weeds had been grubbed out by hand). The guest
plantings were a disaster as some folks may remember, some visitors who know
observed mustard seed fungus in that particular soil. The two years prior to
that convention we had nothing but rain, very wet soggy soil. I did not have
access nor did I even know of HUMORE at that time.
The rest of my garden gets plenty of applications of HUMORE and in my mind's
eye gets quite a boost from the use of it. It is my humble opinion that
man made chemicals are the stuff that poisons the soil, not things that are
made from natural substances such as manure and alfalfa. Remember the reason
for Paul's and Tom's move? I do not believe they had ever used HUMORE, but I
believe they did use chemicals to fumigate and kill weeds. I may be wrong in
that respect and will stand corrected if they did not.
I wish more people would go to Elaine Ingham's website and study more about
feeding the soil, and learn how to NOT use chemicals which definitely harm
the soil structure. If you need a link to her site here it is: Soil Food by
Dr. Elaine Ingham I also am enjoying photos of last years convention... of
my own Iris, grown separately from the guest beds, all growing in beautiful
condition. A testimonial to what HUMORE can do.
Cheers and best wishes for the coming year...
Nancy Fernandes, Edmond, OK
Cheers for a prosperous new year... Kath in OKC... AIS Region 22, USDA
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