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Post  has55 on 1/25/2020, 5:39 pm

OG and Dan, you're both right. There is no real evidence what's going on or what's input was put in in the compost.
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Post  OhioGardener on 1/25/2020, 8:07 pm

Interesting article from Washington State University's College of Agriculture on the benefit of Biochar in the making of compost.

The Devil is in the Process: Co-composting Biochar Could Benefit Crop Growth and the Environment
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Post  has55 on 1/26/2020, 11:27 am

I'm going to up it a notch.

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Post  has55 on 1/27/2020, 2:31 pm

Dan, have you took a look at the sap analysis testing?
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Post  has55 on 1/27/2020, 2:35 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:Interesting article from Washington State University's College of Agriculture on the benefit of Biochar in the making of compost.

The Devil is in the Process: Co-composting Biochar Could Benefit Crop Growth and the Environment
interesting article. OG aren't you doing some experiments with Biochar?
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Post  OhioGardener on 1/27/2020, 5:29 pm

@has55 wrote:interesting article. OG aren't you doing some experiments with Biochar?

Yes, I have been, and am continuing the experiments.  On bed will be in it's third year this summer, and the rest of the beds will be in their second year. Both the growth of the plants, and the amount of produce harvested was exceptionally good this past summer.

Last summer I started adding un-charged Biochar to all of the compost piles and compost tumblers. I have not noticed enough difference in the compost pile of plants & weeds to make a judgement yet, but there has been tremendous difference in the compost tumblers since adding the Biochar. The compost in the tumbler maintains much better moisture balance, it does not clump into "balls" that usually occur, it does not develop an ammonia smell, and it "finishes" in about 3/4ths of the time normally expected.

One side effect of my experimenting with the compost is that I will not be able estimate how much Biochar is being added to the beds with the compost, so I will not be able to measure its impact on the beds.  I will ensure I use the same amount of compost on each bed, so there is no favoritism there, but that is about the best I can do.  Last year I kept records of the weights of each vegetable harvested, except for the greens, and will compare them to this year's harvests. I will have to ensure I have the same number of each plant, though, for that to be meaningful.

Meanwhile, experiment on....
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Post  has55 on 1/31/2020, 2:45 pm

OG when do you cut your green manure crop back?
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Post  OhioGardener on 1/31/2020, 3:57 pm

@has55 wrote:OG when do you cut your green manure crop back?

Depends on their growth.  They are cut down to the soil level as soon as they start to form "blooms", which is usually around the 3rd week of April. If they don't start forming blooms, they are cut back by the end of the first week of May so that they will have time to decompose and no longer pull nitrogen out of the soil by the time I need to start putting in transplants. I always keep two beds without cover crops so that I can plant the early spring crops, such as Kale, Chard, Radishes, and Onions - these beds are just heavy mulched with no cover crop.
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Post  has55 on 2/3/2020, 4:58 am

thank you.
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Post  OhioGardener on 2/3/2020, 10:24 am

@has55 wrote:thank you.

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Going to be interesting this year, because this is the first winter that we have not had enough cold weather to winter-kill the growth of the Winter Rye & Hairy Vetch.  Normally the tops die back to the ground, and they provide ground cover until the spring when they re-sprout adn provide the growth that will become the green manure for the soil.  But, this winter they have continued growing and the Rye is already about 10" tall. If that continues, they will be ready to start their bloom cycle much earlier than normal.
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Post  has55 on 2/3/2020, 6:37 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:
@has55 wrote:thank you.

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Going to be interesting this year, because this is the first winter that we have not had enough cold weather to winter-kill the growth of the Winter Rye & Hairy Vetch.  Normally the tops die back to the ground, and they provide ground cover until the spring when they re-sprout adn provide the growth that will become the green manure for the soil.  But, this winter they have continued growing and the Rye is already about 10" tall. If that continues, they will be ready to start their bloom cycle much earlier than normal.
you're right about the temp. I cut my green manure down and applied kelp4less enzymes to speed up breaking down the cellulose fibers. I'm going to do direct seeding for tomatoes plants to see if i can push them thru the winter to get a good harvest. We heat up so fast that the plants quit producing unless it the cherry type tomatoes which will grow all summer. But I'm after the bigggg ones like beef steaks and brandywine. I'm going to use opaque 5 gallon buckets and placed them over the plant. if cold comes , I will slide another bucket over the first one. Working on a frost cloth design.


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