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  •  May I refer you to a story (3+ / 0-)

    in the NYT some years back?  Title: The Grass is Greener in Harvard Yard.

    It's about an experiment Harvard did, with the explicit encouragement of their president. In the beginning, it was one acre: instead of using chemicals, they took a compost soup (my term, not the real term), and what they found was that by using the compost soup (again, my term, not theirs) the grass grew better, had better and longer roots, was more able to withstand thousands of student feet treading over it, and didn't need as much watering.

    To the point that the president expanded the experiment well beyond that initial acre.

    I haven't kept up with the story. But here's the first link, in case you're interested:

    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sat May 04, 2013 at 01:20:52 AM PDT

    •  I didn't take time to get into organic gardening, (3+ / 0-)

      but I'm truly aware
      that if folks use compost,
      and make sure the soil is full of microbes and worms and such,
      folks can get at least as good,
      and likely better,
      yields of any crop,
      better than with fertilizers made from fossil fuels.

      That's part of the picture,
      the picture of folks farming on a small scale,
      to feed themselves,
      in extended family sized groups.

      The manure from livestock,
      (properly composted?)
      (even human manure?)
      I don't know enough details to write well about it,
      but I'm truly aware
      of organic gardening,
      as a general concept.

      Lots of earthworms.

      Thanks for the comment.

      Bringing a child into the world at this point in history is a crime, the crime of child endangerment.

      by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Sat May 04, 2013 at 02:06:36 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        bigjacbigjacbigjac, JeffW
        The manure from livestock,
        (properly composted?)
        (even human manure?)
        check out The Humanure Handbook.

        Renewable energy brings national global security.     

        by Calamity Jean on Sat May 04, 2013 at 09:46:07 PM PDT

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      •  The NYT story included links (0+ / 0-)

        to another site about how to prepare different kinds of compost, depending on the needs of what you're trying to grow.

        Highly recommended for any/every would-be gardener.

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Sun May 05, 2013 at 01:32:04 AM PDT

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