We recently took delivery from a local farmer a quantity of well rotted cow manure, hard to believe that 18 months earlier it had been a nasty smelly pile of cow poo. Now my plants are getting the benefit of the wonderful earthy natural fertilizer. I am trying to find a word that best describes the smell ............
I did a trial of some spinach with and without the manure and my photos speak for themselves. I had a really large picking today much earlier than expected.
Martyn Garrett from A Gardeners Weather Diary here had his bamboo bean poles supported with a cross brace which I tried on mine as my plot is very exposed and a strong wind had collapsed the poles in the past, its good but not as strong as a simple pole placed at one end at an angle, I will probably use both methods, belt and braces so to speak.
My runner beans have flowers and are nearly at the top of the poles, will I get an early crop?
I also am trying baby sweetcorn Minipop for the first time I planted those out with the magic cow manure liberally applied when digging over.
and had my final small pick of asparagus
|Better growth with manure, note my dirty finger nails no gloves for me when planting out|
|much slower growth rate with no cow manure added|
|My normal effective simple brace|
|cross brace ok but would be better about half way up the poles not as effective as one brace|
|flowers on enorma runner beans|
|Even I can take a one handed out of focus picture|