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Old 06-08-2010, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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We have had an earth machine going for like a year now and there is some black gold in there, but still a lot of solids. We also just picked up a revolving bin from someone's trash that seems to be working better.

My question is about the stuff we can get at our "all natural" nursery. Since we don't have a lot of compost to use should we supplement with these liquid fertilizers? I will admit we have not had our soil tested. Maybe this is step #1.

With the compost, should we put it right around the stem of the vegetables when watering so that the nutrients soak into the roots?

If it matters, we only have vegetables: cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, potatoes, basil, cilantro, broccoli, beans, onions, carrots, bell peppers. maybe some others, plus a few watermelons.
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:34 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Without a lot of compost to till in you can side dress the plants with it. You lose 90% of the bulk with finished compost. Make a screen from 3/8 inch hardware screen and 2 x 4s (2 ft. by 3 ft.) to screen out the chunks from the compost, put back in pile for more processing.
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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Make compost tea. Put a shovelful of compost in a 5 gal. bucket and cover with water. Let it sit for a day or so and drain off the liquid to fertilize your plants.
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