have recently moved house and I am in the process of replanting
an old and very neglected vegetable garden. I have found a huge
pile of 'rubbish' tree prunings and heaps of old grass clippings,
some of which has rotted down and is lovely and wormy this
has gone straight on the garden. My question is, while I am busy
trying to increase the humous content of the garden, am I able to
use such material as the silt that has gathered in our silt trap?
It has been washed down the drive along with bits of soil and leaves.
well-rotted organic material can be used on the garden to improve
the soil structure, silt from your silt trap is fine. Other materials
that can be used are rotted lawn clippings, fallen autumn leaves,
rotted animal manure (from chickens, cows, sheep and horses), old
hay, straw (barley and pea straw are particularly good), silage
(smelly but great for the garden), saw dust and wood peelings from
untreated timber, bark, peat and compost. Newspaper or shredded
paper can also be used. Make sure animal manure is rotted or composted
first as fresh (green) manure burns plant roots.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
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