Living near the bountiful waters of Icy Strait makes it much easier to build soilfertility without exogenous inputs. We mix a couple tons of seaweed/ leaf mixture into the beds in the spring, and add more as a top dressing in the summer.
We build a couple sizable compost piles each year. We mix modest amounts of fish waste in the center of the pile, for enhanced nutrients and fertility.
We use ash from the wood stove to sweeten the soil.
The beds are covered with leaves in the fall
Jen has designed year round outdoor vermi-bins. Temps in the worm bin have stayed between 60F (great) to 100 degrees F (yikes too warm), even during long cold spells.
We spray an active aerated compost tea on
the soil and plants. Agronomic research in
recent years has revealed the critical role
that microorganisms play in making soil
nutrients available to plants. We highly
recommend the book Teaming with
Microbes by Jef Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis,
which does a good job of explaining the
science for the lay person and describing the
simple steps that can bring the magic to
Our lone foray into inorganic chemicals:
with perhaps undue relish, Larry sprays a
dilute ammonia solution directly on each of
Satan’s minions, THE SLUG!
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Jen Landry RH (AHG), Dipl ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA-CP, FDN-P
1920 Gustavus Road, Gustavus AK 99826
Steller Botanical Health
Jen Landry RH(AHG), Dipl ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA-CP, FDN-P
1920 Gustavus Road
Gustavus, Alaska 99826