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Applying soil amendments
Jun 09, 2011 - Charlotte from Peaceful Valley
I work for a fledging farm in a relatively complicated climate (high altitude, high wind, desert). We recently purchased a few soil amendments from Peaceful Valley and are now contemplating the best way in which to apply them. Any level of experience or expertise is valuable.
The list of soil amendments:
(F940) Feather Meal
(F155) Bone Meal Fine Grind
(F2260) Sulfate of Potash
(F1153) Gypsum Diamond K Solution
Our primary concern is how best to apply these amendments so as to maximize their retention in the soil in windy conditions (30-50mph winds come and go throughout Spring). It may be that there is no established answer in regards to high winds, in which case, simply knowing the common application methods would suffice.
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These are pretty powdery materials and would be very apt to blow in the wind, when they are applied. First off, blend them together in a wheelbarrow, or something like that, in the proportions you want—then apply it just once, rather than four times. Of course, apply it when the wind is calm and work it into the soil, if possible. If for some reason you can’t work it into the soil, it would be a good idea to cover it with a mulch or compost. You might consider mixing the powders with compost and then spreading it; that is a much easier way to spread rock powders.
Hope this is helpful!
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Categories: Soil Amendments, Organic Gardening 101
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