Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Maple Hill Hop 66

Maple Hill Hop

Welcome to 
The Maple Hill Hop.
This is a hop for folks who love the outdoors.
Feel free to post about anything that's going on
in your neck of the woods,
no matter the season.
(Please share only outdoor posts.)
*Please link back to Maple Hill 101.*

This weekend on The Hill it was time to fertilize.
We've talked about the time and effort it takes to feed plants
in a garden that's well over 6,000 square feet.
You can find a post about that here.
The powder form of 20-20-20 had to be mixed
in just the right proportion depending on the crop,
and then watering cans were lugged around to each area.
It was hard work and took most of the day to complete.

Well, a new feeding practice has been adopted,
and I'm happy to tell you that it's here to stay.
What is this magical method?

Turkey poop!

With guidance from Garden Guru Lynn,
Faye & I (his garden fairies) dressed the crops with this pungent product.

We simply lifted off the pot covers and sprinkled a ring of it around each plant.
No need to concern yourselves with proximity,
this stuff won't burn even delicate seedlings.

We added a cup to these smaller broccoli plants,

and about twice as much to these established crops.

The results speak for themselves.

The company is based in Alabama and sells it by the ton, which makes it impractical for a family garden.
It seems like a great product to share within community gardens,
urban garden programs or CSAs.
Maybe local extension agencies could offer it for sale at their offices
 for gardeners who want to make the switch to organics.

For folks who don't have their own poultry,
and therefore, no resource for this commodity,
it's good to know that it's available.
It certainly made easy work of our task.
We were able to feed almost the entire garden in just over an hour.

Turkey poop.
It's the new black.

What's going on outside where you are?
HOP on!