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Nutrient Cycling

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Here’s how I recycle the flow of nutrients around the farm:

1. The pigpen has a wallowing pool, and the used water, flows out into the azolla pond. The azolla nourished by the manure-rich wastewater, is then added to the feeds for the pigs.

2. After a cycle of fattening pigs, the outer layer of the deep-bedding system(DBS) is applied as a basal fertilizer to the forage plants around, from the banana to napier, and others. The banana trunks, after harvest of fruits, are eventually fed back to the pigs.

 

Written by Veni

February 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

How to check IMOs at work

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Sometimes you just got to see to believe.

a pen with free-grazing area at the back

This particular pen for fatteners has got some open space for free-grazing, and since they had been spending time outside, their poo inside was left unturned. That provided the opportunity for the indigenous microorganism (IMO) to do their job, that is, attack the otherwise harmful manure and convert them into into their “food’.  The presence of white molds, covering the manure will tell you they are good bacteria. The black/green molds are the bad ones that will cause disease.

white molds covering the manure means presence of the good bacteria

Written by Veni

February 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm

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16 hours of rain

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I just had a very wet Sunday. The rain, pouring without let up, started around midnight of Saturday and managed to stop around 5pm.

I emptied half of the water on one of the azolla pond. Lately the azolla had been turning red there, which indicates that the water had run out of nutrients, or had to be changed. By the end of the day the pond was overflowing. Around the house I also saved some, for watering the plants later.

Good thing while it was raining, the amihan went away. Otherwise, this weather, brought by a low pressure area(LPA) east of Mindanao, would have turned into a stormy Sunday.

Written by Veni

February 13, 2012 at 5:44 am

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Scoliosis and gardening

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Lately I’ve been sitting on my ass. Or shall I say I’ve been lying on my back, reading paperbacks. Reading is one of my earliest interests. Well, if you live on a sleepy village by the sea, reading can take away the boredom. But lately I read to stay away from gardening. Scoliosis and gardening is a deadly combination, I now come to realize. My back, it’s my back. My age have nothing to do with this, I like to think of myself as still a young carabao, able and willing.

I just have to remember that concoctions in a pail of water, when watering the plants, will give me sleepless nights and uneasy pain that makes me want to vomit. Come to think of it, I never really gave much thought that my vertebrae is not 100% perfect.

I have to give credit to my fermented health drink though, the 3C. It’s what every natural farmer tries to do on their first introduction to this technology. I don’t remember going down with flu during the last half of last year, the time I went to spend all my working days at the farm. It gives me that feeling that I can be a carabao, be here and there. But my back, oh my back is a different matter.

The other day I was turning a sackful of manure with my knees. If I don’t use my hands lifting the heavy stuff I won’t be complaining later.

Written by Veni

February 5, 2012 at 1:10 am

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