Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Preparing a Hole

How to prepare a hole for planting a tree:

1. Dig a hole about 3' x 3'.

2. Add some leaves, grass clippings, kitchen scraps, or all three.
3. Then some strawy manure.
4. Mix together soft rock phosphate, lime...
brewer's yeast...
baker's yeast...
copper sulfate...
ferrous sulfate...
and pour some of that mix into the hole.
5. Add some good ol' molasses to get things working.
6. I like to mix in some of the original dirt as well.
7. Whoops - can't forget the fresh dairy manure! Chicken or horse is great, too.
8. Repeat the layers, then cover it all with a thick layer of straw and black plastic and mix as often as possible until spring.

3 comments:

King's child said...

That's why my plants keep on dying! Tee-hee, I'm afraid I'm the kind of gardener who sticks things in the ground and hopes it will grow! Wildcrafting is so much easier....

~Me, who else!

Garden of Glory said...

Me too! I read about this method and realized my erronious ways :)

Yes, wildcrafting is so much fun... did I tell you my adventure looking for dormant skunk cabbage crowns in yon forest for a cough remedy? 'twas quite a search, but I emerged victorious!

King's child said...

Wow! You actaully found some Skunk Cabbage in your forest! Alas, we don't have any in our neck of the woods. It's maddening though, in the spring/summer, on our way to the beach, it grow EVERYWHERE along the roadsides.

~Caity