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May 10, 2017



I am not quite sure what "too hot" refers to in organic soil. Too much fertilizer? Physically too hot? Something else?


Something about nitrate overload. I do wish I'd kept the soil analysis that came back from the lab up at UCONN that year. It took me about a year to figure out how that might have happened and because I figured if it was organic, how the hell do you over organic the stuff, right? Well, you take normal soil which isn't quite as rich as you'd like it and you mix in bunny poop tea which is the fastest way to fix nitrates in soil that I'm aware of - basically growing and turning over winter wheat except you do it in a day. Only problem is you can seriously over do it and burn most of the cold weather greens to the ground. I gave up trying to grow spinach, kale, and swiss chard (in retrospect I'm grateful for the death of the swiss chard) but I'm sure it would be perfectly fine now. The eggplant managed to produce fruit on year three and the pepper farm, while the plants never got quite as big as they should have produced an alarming amount of fruit and we burned ourselves and the neighborhood up all winter. With regard to what the organic soil people actually used to fix the nitrates in the soil, I don't know. There are only so many ways to do it and remain within regulations and I didn't smell chicken shit.


I have never had that problem but then I make my compost from yard waste - leaves, grass, chipped roughage (and occasional kitchen veggie scraps). I am no fertilizer expert but could believe that rabbit/chicken waste - if not carefully controlled - could burn your plants just like too much granular fertilizer on your lawn.

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