Words about farmers markets, gardening, place, and whatever else seems relevant to my little life now being lived in the metropolis of Tokyo. The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans by P.
CIKS maintains a 11.14 acre organic farm in a village called Sukkankollai which is in the Maduranthakam taluk of Kanchipuram district in Tamil Nadu.
The farm is an important hub for several of our activities – experiments, conservation and training. We also produce a variety of inputs on the farm that are made available to farmers in the area. The farm serves as an in-situ conservation centre for over a 100 indigenous paddy varieties and 30 indigenous vegetable varieties, many of which are rare, and have been brought back from the brink of extinction.
Next to the training centre is situated a small rural library, which will be stocked with a variety of books that would be useful for organic farmers.
A biopesticide unit functions from this farm which produces plant based biopesticides for the farm and also for the nearby villages. The farm also hosts a medicinal plant garden which has around 75 types of important medicinal plants. Our model kitchen garden demonstrates how a 2 cent plot is sufficient to grow enough vegetables for a family of 4 throughout the year. We also cultivate a number of green manure crops like Daincha, Sunhemp before the main crop is cultivated. One is the idea of Bag Gardens, using Hessien (Jute fibre) sacks and growing upwards to make use of space. For me, because I have no landscaping, I think that these would be a pretty addition to my yard. Secondary teachers may use the drop-down boxes or the quick-link icons below to access specific course resources. The class will create a worm bin which will serve as a basis for experiments about ecosystems, life and nutrient cycles, and decomposition. Using steer manure to amend soil can be an excellent way to add additional nutrients to plants. While steer manure is generally safe to use, there are some considerations to be aware of prior to its use.
With proper aging and composting steer manure makes an ideal fertilizer for lawn and gardens. You have heard of composting sheep, cow, goat, horse, and even wild animal manure, but what about using hamster and gerbil manure in the garden? Adding compost to soil increases soil fertility and provides both phosphorus and nitrogen needed for healthy root and plant development.


Although small rodent manures can be used directly in the garden, most people prefer to compost the manure first.
The best way to compost this manure is to add the waste to your compost bin or pile and then add in equal amounts of brown material, such as straw or wood shavings. If you have kitchen vegetable scraps, coffee grounds or leaves, you can also use these in your compost pile. Keep the pile turned every two weeks to help circulate air and add some water after you turn it to keep the humidity levels up. Using gerbil and hamster manure fertilizer in the garden and for houseplants is as easy as sprinkling some on top and mixing in with the soil. You can also create a compost tea by placing the compost in a burlap bag and placing it in a bucket of water.
So, it was with great pleasure that I penned this month's piece at Ecotwaza about vermicomposting. The farm serves as an important hub for our experimentation, conservation and training work. The library will include all the publications from CIKS, as well as a large number of books from other publishers. I had four 5-gallon buckets worth of waste breaking down in two above ground containers, mixed with left over potting soil, autumn leaves, sawdust and rice bran.
The second container, which had been decomposing through the winter, was almost all turned into soil as well.
Just dig down a little to start the central worms, but build their little circle upwards just a little, put a couple stepping stones into one side, and add some soil and some mulch, not knee-deep. In fact, if you look at one of his pictures, there is only one row of bricks at the edge and a mound of earth to the center. I also decided to build one of these:It's called an herb spiral, and I think that it is gorgeous!
I would put trailing cascade petunias at the edges and then put herbs and low-growing veggies in the rest. Use the drop-down menu boxes on the left to find targeted, standards-based, lesson plans and engaging classroom resources.
This fertilizer offers the same benefits as most other manures, including cow manure, and can be used for both lawns and gardens. Using steer manure for grass and vegetables can lead to greater soil quality and promote healthier plant growth.
The answer is absolutely yes, you can use gerbil manure in gardens along with hamster, guinea pig and rabbit manure. Pet rodent compost such as guinea pig, rabbit, hamster and gerbil manure in gardens is a great way to make use of waste material and improve your soil diversity.


Composting small rodent manure is not difficult and yields a rich garden fertilizer perfect for flowers, fruits and vegetables. An application before planting and several applications during the growing season will ensure that your plants will thrive.
Thanks to James Kemp at grege, importer to Japan of the Can-O-Worms vermicomposter,  for his lovely interview and photos, too!
There were vermicomposting worms making themselves at home in both containers and breeding as well.
Then you'd have something sort of like one of Bentley's compost trenches, but in a circle instead of in a line. From my research yesterday, the keyhole garden is a cross between an herb spiral and square foot gardening. An important consideration when fertilizing with steer manure is its high nitrogen content. These animals are vegetarians, unlike dogs and cats, so their waste is safe to use around plants. I also had an outdoor plastic bucket which I layered with rice bran and Bokashi waste and soil over the winter.
While nitrogen is required for strong, green plant growth, too much will ultimately burn plants. In addition, steer manure may have excess levels of salt, which can not only damage some plants but can leach the soil as well. Steer manure can be added to and mixed thoroughly with the compost pile to create a suitable fertilizer for the lawn and garden. Adequate temperatures will successfully kill off any unwanted bacteria that may present problems as well as weeds. So, around 8 5-gallon containers worth of Bokashi food waste at various stages of microbial breakdown. When using steer manure for grass areas, use no more than a 5-gallon bucket of manure for every 100 square feet. I think to help make this a successful Vermicomposting garden bed I will need to have a layer of  mulch covering the soil around the bin. sThe mulch will link up with the Vermicomposting bin in the centre and should provide the vermicomposting worms with more of a habitat to move around the Keyhole garden and spread some love and microbes and help some plants grow this spring.



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