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Leaf Mold [Feb. 4th, 2012|01:17 pm]
Organic Gardening - Flowers, Fruits, Vegetables

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I must admit, that one area where I'm tempted to use chemical fertilizer is with regard to adding nitrogen to my so called compost pile. I call it compost, but the realit is that it is probably 90% leaves. I'm on a quiet street, with little traffic or on street parkings, so I feel pretty safe in collecting leaves on my block and do so obsessively. Starting in September, I built the pile up to exceed 20 cubic yards, and with yard waste, kitchen waste, pee and some purchase blood meal, it heated up quickly and started to rot as I continued to add more leaves until it was at 30 yards by the end of Octover.

We've had a warm wet winter, but by now, the pile is starving for nitrogen, and I'm tryijng to locate a cheap source of organic nitrogen. I'll probably buy a back of Ringer's lawn fetilizer, but that's nowhere near enough. Any ideas on cheap nitrogen?
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[User Picture]From: ranunculus
2012-02-04 07:08 pm (UTC)
Cheap dogfood. Made primarily out of corn.
Horse manure from your local horse stable/person.
Pelleted alfalfa, 20 to 50 # sack ($10 to $15) will give you a LOT of nitrogen.
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[User Picture]From: eqfe
2012-02-05 01:40 am (UTC)
A little too densely populated around here, the few stables already have relatives and friends that get the manure, but I do need to look for a feed store to get alfalfa, that's a great idea.
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[User Picture]From: arrowwhiskers
2012-02-05 01:15 am (UTC)
Do you own a rabbit or know anyone who does who'd be willing to save some droppings for you? I've heard they're a fantastic source.
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[User Picture]From: winds_of_fall
2012-02-06 04:38 am (UTC)
I love buckwheat. If you have the space, throw a bulk of seeds straight into your compost when you're not using it. It naturally extracts nitrogen from the air and releases it when mulched. But that's more long term than short term. I am unsure of where to find a bucketload on the cheap.
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[User Picture]From: g00fball
2012-02-06 07:05 pm (UTC)
Honestly? Urine. If you consider your diet organic enough to qualify your urine as organic, I'd say go for it. It will increase your moisture content, but there's nothing free-er than pee.
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[User Picture]From: eqfe
2012-02-06 07:54 pm (UTC)
I do that especially on weekends.
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