I wonder why it is that the thought of manure
(chicken, cow, horse) seems much more appealing to me as fertilizer than the
thought of human hair?(which is on my head).
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2003 11:56
Subject: [cg] Hair as Organic
Hair is basically pure protein. When broken down by
microorganisms, a great deal of nitrogen is released.
11:40 AM 07/10/2003, you wrote:
A while back, the
Missouri Botanical Garden ran a bunch of tests on organic fertilizers in
their test plots in the display gardens. The hair won, plants were
nearly double in size. Go figure.
From: Jim Call [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2003 9:39 AM
[cg] Organic Fertilizer
Recently, our CG has received a donation of organic fertilizer.
Now, don't get too excited. Right now, I have 2 huge boxes of 5,000
individually wrapped organic fertilizer made from human hair. I know
you can throw hair in your compost pile but I never actually heard of using
it as a soil amendment (going from barber shop to soil).
I've created a special page on my site that displays 2 pics (front
and back) of one of these packets. Please review at... http://www.casagarden.com/sow_N_grow.htm
I apologized for the large graphics on this page
but I wanted you to be able to read the packaging verbiage.
This organic fertilizer comes from a start up company
here in Huntsville Alabama. After reading some of the praising results
on their website from a nursery which tested it, I noticed that this
particular individual was also part of their "startup" team so I have to
discount this particular testing.
I will begin
testing some this week (planting another cycle of squash) in our garden, but
I'm not sure how this stuff can beat horse, cow or chicken manure.
FYI- Huntville is rated in the top 10 cities in
the US for "start up" companies. Evidently, we have alot of laid off
or bored engineers who come up with these "hair brain" ideas.
Jim Call, CASA Community Garden Volunteer
OSU - Ohio
Agricultural Research and Development Center
Dept. of Food, Agricultural
and Biological Engineering
1680 Madison Avenue
Wooster, OH 44691
w-L: 330-202-3555 x2703
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