April 2015

0
Question

Hello Growing Club,

I have access to lots of free horse stable bedding, which is wood shavings plus horse urine and manure. Is it okay for me to add this material directly to my garden beds?

-Joanne Wilson

Answer

Hi Joanne,

Horse stable bedding is one of the great blessings of gardening in a suburban or urban area. Stable bedding is a perfect mix of carbon (from the wood shavings) and nitrogen (from the manure and urine). Stable bedding breaks down readily once it is moistened, and has many uses in the garden. In regards to your specific question, yes you can use manure directly in your garden beds. You’ll want to wait until the bedding has cooled down (it should not be warm to the touch) and then add about 2-3 inches of it to the tops of your growing beds as a mulch. The bedding will trap moisture in your beds (you’ll water less) and the manure and urine will break down and feed your plants. We’ve found that many summer vegetables (tomatoes, corn, squash, etc.) respond especially well to a mulching with horse stable bedding. Horse bedding also makes a great mulch around your fruit trees. Apply it in a circle 4-6 inches thick around your trees, staying at least 2 ft around from the truck of the tree.

Hope that helps! Happy gardening!

-Rishi

A well designed chicken coop has all the features that make keeping chickens at home easy, fun, and simple. The chicken coop we designed and built at The Growing Home has many wonderful features that have made our chicken keeping experience a joy, and we share those features with you in this video.

0
Question

Hi Rishi,

I’m considering planting star jasmine on the south side of the house to keep the house cooler. Is star jasmine safe for bees? I love the perfume smell. (more…)

0
Question

Hi Rishi,

I ordered compost from a local compost company (Cal Blend Soils) and planted starters into it few weeks ago. They are not growing, but they are alive. They are not thriving 🙁 and the leaves on many are even yellowing. My friend who shared the delivery with me is having the same experience with her plants. What do you suggest we do? Should I purchase some kind of amendment? (more…)

Chickens are great companion animals for any garden or farm. While most people default to building a chicken coop, which is a completely enclosed space where chickens will live most of their lives, and in many cases, a chicken tractor is a better idea. A chicken tractor is an open-bottomed, movable chicken enclosure.  (more…)

Have your radish plants bolted? Don’t rip them out just yet! Radish seeds pods are excellent tasty vegetables and you often get more food from the pods than the root itself. Learn how to cook these delicious pods in an easy and delicious way in this video! Don’t forget to leaves us your comments!