Testing compost for herbicide

Testing Compost for Herbicide

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Most of our tomatoes and many of our beans were severely damaged from herbicide poisoning last year. I used horse manure from horses that had eaten from fields sprayed with aminopyralid, a broad leaf herbicide that passes right through the horse and can stay in their manure for up to 3 years. I learned my lesson last year and this year I tested my compost first. See how I tested it and the results of […]

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The tomatoes are growing up!

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Our tomatoes have outgrown their containers that we started them in and now it’s time to transplant them into larger pots until they go out into the garden in a few weeks. I want to wait until night time temperatures are consistently in the 50s before I plant them outside. We’ve had unseasonably warm temperatures this year but you never know when a random freeze is around the corner in Oklahoma! You can go ahead […]

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How We Get an Unlimited Supply of FREE Wood Chips!

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Don’t waste your money buying mulch from the hardware store. You can get them for free from your local municipal compost facility!   We use wood chips for mulching, smothering Bermuda grass, making compost, bedding for rabbits, and many other uses! We get them for free from the Norman Compost Facility (see map below). Check for a local compost facility near you and start saving money! 398 Bratcher Miner RoadView Larger Map

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Talking Automated Irrigation Using Open Source Hardware at the OKC Open Source Hardware Meetup

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I had an opportunity to speak at the OKC Open Hardware Meetup group today about our garden and how I’m planning to use Open Source Hardware to automate irrigation using moisture level sensors in the soil to control watering. I met a lot of brilliant people with exciting ideas about how to make it all happen. I feel like I have a firm grasp on what needs to be done and now it’s just a […]