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  • Where do I dig this stuff up?

    Pun intended...even though you don't know it's a pun yet...

    "When there is want in a land of plenty."

    Here indeed is a paradox. And this writer firmly believes that if it were humanly possible to stay the hands of politicians from signing politically expedient documents and statutes; gag them to silence their similarly expedient utterances and purge their thoughts of forthcoming elections, a fair distribution of the nation's wealth could become a reality. Here, again, we may safely disregard man's laws and turn to natural laws, for an answer. In Nature there is no waste. Everything, animal and plant, when its life is terminated, returns to its original elements, either in the soil or in the waters. Here, through chemical reactions, it is broken up and again becomes a beneficial part of these elements. But man's laws not only permit waste, but actually seem to thrive upon it.

    This is particularly true in political, governmental and social spheres. Modern civilization, of which our American loose-leaf form of Democracy is a major part, seems incapable of producing unselfish statesmen. As examined by the thinkers and philosophers of the world today, general conditions point unmistakably to a decrease of intellectual and moral fiber in those who are elected, or take by force, the responsibility of public affairs. America's financial, industrial and commercial systems need revamping by humanitarians, not politicians. The fact that these systems are all-powerful, as well as gigantic, should not give them a license to act as dictators.

    In truth, America has less to fear from a political dictatorship than from a financial, industrial or commercial dictatorship. Certainly no reasonable or reasoning person will deny that our financial system, so cleverly interlocked with the international system, needs a thoroughgoing house cleaning. Were this done, and done according to the principles set forth in the Constitution of the United States, industry and commerce would be forced to change their tactics and operate in a less plutocratic, dictatorial and monopolistic manner.

    And again we may safely turn to Nature. She does not permit monopoly. Nowhere in either the animal or plant kingdoms will one find monopolistic tendencies. Monopoly, political, industrial or economic, while it is undoubtedly beneficial to a few, is destructive to the mass. In the final analysis, monopoly is self-destructive, and any system that has within it the germ of self-destruction brings widespread disorder to other systems directly or indirectly related to it. Essentially, monopoly is a form of greed and the similarity is decidedly, if amusingly expressed, by calling the reader's attention to a pig pen at feeding time. Invariably, the fattest porker will push and shove and shoulder its way to the feed trough. Greedily it comes very close to monopolizing all the available food. Thus it grows faster and fatter than the others in the same pen -- and reaches the slaughterhouse first! Here we observe how greed and monopoly ultimately does lead to destruction.

    Which comes from...

    Friend Earthworm
    (c) 1941
    George Sheffield Oliver,
    Oliver's Earthworm Farm School.

    I'm not joking:

    All because I was researching earthworms because almost all my garden is doing really, really well and loaded to the hilt with nightcrawlers except one bed and I'm trying to figure out what they don't like or how to get them in to work that bed...

  • #2
    A. Best way we have found to do business is "Win Win". We win, our suppliers win, and their customers win, but you know about that one

    B. PH test the soil and get it close to neutral, sounds like a deficit in the soil. Had the same problem and a Blood and Bone Fertiliser mix evened it out, all the worms etc just slid on over and it is happy as.

    Compost the bed after it has had a couple of weeks, mulch on top and leave it for 6 months undisturbed. The bugs will travel up and down distiributimg the nutrients.

    4 years on the loam is as deep as the other beds.

    We rotate our veges through the beds and let them sit for a few months with compost and mulch as they are rotated.

    Worms that look like small trains keep siding around the back yard.
    Psychiatrists state 1 in 4 people has a mental illness.
    Look at three of your friends, if they are ok, your it.


    • #3
      As Kiwi pointed out, lack of nutrients is one problem. Also rotating crops: most vegatable crops use all available nutrients in their growth, without putting anything back in, particularly nitrogen. Potatos are one of the few crops that comes to mind that actually adds nitrogen.

      Dont know if its a full solution to the problem, but adding the good stuff back to the soil will be a start.

      As for how a search on earthworms called up a disertation on the political and economic systems of the United States....... (insert "shaking head" smiliey here) well, only Dal could manage something like that. And I think I'll just leave it at that.
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      Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

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      • #4
        Hmmm...hadn't thought of the pH issue.

        My garden is located on gravelly fill...but the most sunny part of my property, which means it's all in raised beds I've made over the last 7 years...actually have the manure delivered by dump truck now

        This year everything is clicking and I have really top-notch soil everywhere, with earthworms out the ying yang -- seriously, I'm well over 4 per s.f. just on a casual count.

        The only bed not doing hot with earthworms is the corn.

        That's the only one I've used a synthetic "ground" fertilizer on (old lawn fertilizer, no pesticides, just fertilizer). I do use a synthetic foliar fertilizer (miracle grow...that I buy 1/2 price for last year's stock at a odd-lots store) to goose the plants...but that's garden wide so it's not bothering them.

        It could the lack of mulch detering them, it could be the corn bed would get a hard surface, could be the fertilizer made them mad...

        I know have 5 "test" plots going trying to get the worms going -- nothing, pumpkins growing between the rows for shade, light mulch, light mulch over manure, and half-done compost.

        I do use very little chemicals --

        Been keeping the bacterial & mildew problems in check in the pumpkins with a sophisticated mix that's 1 Tablespoon of baking soda per gallon of water, plus a drop of mild soap. Spray that on.

        Hand picked all the potatoe beetles and defeated those.

        Have slugs eating through the potatoes right now though, so I did buy some Iron Phosphate to put down which is supposed to be as good as the nastier slug baits which I didn't want to use this close to harvest.

        Also will be putting a drop of olive oil in the corn silk this afternoon...keeps out the corn worms. (That trick started in the 1940s with mineral oil...works as well with vegetable oil like corn and soy...I have olive oil in the kitchen so that's what I'll use).

        So overall it's a very "good bugs friendly" garden although not quite organic because of the iron phosphate and miracle grow.

        The corn is growing in the one patch I'm not happy with the performance of

        And yes, a couple of tomato plants in the background have gone over 6' tall on me.


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