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Best Source For Nitrogen

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by White Gardens, May 9, 2009.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    So I'm wanting to get the best results out of my Sweet Corn in the garden. First off I took my passive compost pile (worm food) and spread it around the area I'm planting corn. Then I also took fresh lawn clipping and also put them in the area. After that I tilled it all in.

    Want I really want to do is boost the N level in the sweet corn patch and I didn't know if there is anything else I can do organically to achieve this. I know corn will take as much N as you give it, and after watching the Anhydrous Ammonia tanks rolling through the farm fields, it got me thinking of other ways to boost N levels.

    My only other inorganic thought is to find a high N lawn fertilizer to put down.
  2. terrapro

    terrapro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,234

    Manure, compost, and fish fertilizers would probably be your best bet.
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    So, at this point, with the seed in the ground and soil has already been tilled, how would you go about adding amendments during the growing season???

    My only thought would be to dig a shallow trench close to the root zone, and filling it with compost/fertilize, or, start making a compost tea to apply periodically.

    I've always had a green perspective on gardening and landscaping (before it was popular), but I would like to try and take it a step further when applicable.

    Any thoughts ???
  4. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    side dress, composted chicken manures (4%N), Fish (4%N), Corn Gluten Meal (10%N), feather meal (12%N), Duck weed (7%N), Garlic (2%N)
  5. terrapro

    terrapro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,234

    I would not dig around the rootzone, to much risk of damage. No reason to anyway, just mix up some maure in some fully composted material then spread around plants and water in with some fish emulsion mix.

    C/T is a good idea but not as an application of NPK since it generally has minimal. It is however effective at releasing and regulating your NPK.

    Im sure someone with more experience will chime in shortly.
  6. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,563

    Comfrey at 8-2.5-20.5
  7. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,720

    And next year plant soybeans--or another kind of legume--turn it under to form green manure, just befor planting. I am not sure if clover planted next to the corn would help this year--worth a shot. Peas or sweetpeas are nice. Smell better than chicken manure.
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    The only legumes that I do is pole beans, so I don't do a true crop rotation as I have no need for bush beans.

    I tried to talk the wife into doing the "three sisters". Corn, pole beans growing up the corn, and a squash/pumpkin as ground cover. She didn't like the idea of trying to walk into that mess when harvesting. I still might grow some more pole beans in that fashion in one section of the corn.
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I usually give a boost with fresh horse manure tea drench. Best to keep it of the foliage especially with plants in which you eat the foliage... :)
  10. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,911

    the air of course.LOLOLOL stop the N train!!!!!

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