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Old 06-02-2008, 02:20 PM   #11
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Also, don't plant in the same place next year if you can help it. Pick out a new site and plant legumes there now.
When they die back, work that stuff into the soil and provide you nitrogen. If you have to use the same area next year,rotate your crop.
Next year, where you have veggies this year, plant legumes.
Rotate.
Also, as your plants die back this year, take that dead plant and put it in your mulch pile. It will breakdown and be the best organic fertilizer.

Also, look here: UncleJim'sWormFarm

Good luck and enjoy. There's nothing like the reward of eating your own stuff!
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:56 PM   #12
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Suzi, to add nitrogen to your soil you need to add organic content. So, compost or manure would be the thing to add. It doesn't need to be a lot, but you need to take into account what you are planning on growing. Some crops need more than others. There are some crops that ADD nitrogen to the soil so what you might consider is putting compost on one section of your garden and a smaller layer of compost on the other side and planting something like potatoes or nasturtiums on the less fertilized spot. Next year, rotate the spots as the potatoes will have added some nitrogen to your soil.
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Old 06-02-2008, 08:49 PM   #13
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here's my thought....
I know nitrogen is needed for happy greens..... (leaves)
maybe I would be alright just adding for now where my herbs are planted....
My tomatoes, peppers etc have done just fine, just need a bit of calcium.
Keep in mind these are 3 yr old or less veggie beds, and I have been rotating.
I do have a few gardening books I can read, I just get so overwhelmed with info I shut down.
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:22 AM   #14
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Live near a stable? Horse poop is excellent, and they will be happy to give you a bunch.
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:25 AM   #15
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get your DH to pee in the watering can, dilute 1:10 and use this.
Never use Female urine though, it contains hormones that are mutagenic to plants.

then go to a garden shop and get some Growmore (NPK) or nitrochalk.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:49 AM   #16
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Herbs generally are happy in a lean soil--too much nitrogen makes them grow too fast, and they get weak and floppy.

I go organic as much as I can, but adding nitrogen organically can take a while. If you want your plants to grow this year, buy a sack of 10-10-10.

Add sacks of manure, put all your veggie waste right back into the garden, mulch with shredded leaves, straw or even shredded paper--all that will help add organic material.
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If you get manure (most stables are glad to give it away rather than pay for disposal) make sure you let it compost down a good 6 months before you use it on your garden, it`s no good at all used "fresh".
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