By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Stopping by: The straw solution

Only online subscribers may access this article.

One-day subscriptions available for just $2. Click here for one-day access.

For all other subscription offers, click here.

Already a subscriber, please .


David S. Wall

Thanks the NR's new Editor.

I asked you to ask Jeb for a Gardening and Culinary section for the NR and you delivered!

Well, you delivered a garden story...that's a good start!

No-till gardening has been around for a very long time.

No-till builds the soil from the "top-down" and improves the soil structure; enabling and facilitating the little microbial, fungal and other critters which make the soil nutrient rich.

Earthworms eventually show-up.

The beauty of this technique (No-till) means the Land Conservation and Development Commission might find it a little more difficult to grant Urban Growth Boundary expansions predicated on "useless farm land" arguments.

After all, once a farmer/gardener gets good at No-till, any soil can be made nutrient rich to support the crop of choice.

Good job to the Straw-Bale gardeners!

Keep on experimenting!

Consider sprinkling a little bone-meal in your mix.

Bone-meal is rich in Phosphorus which in turn, is good for root and flower development in vegetables and flowers.

David S. Wall