Living Soil

by Robert Bradford
(SW MO USA)

I am reading “The Living Soil” by Lady Evelyn Barbara "Eve" Balfour (1899-1990), published by Faber and Faber Ltd. London in 1943.


You may already know everything it says but it explained to me why compost made from plant AND animal waste is vital to plant and animal health.
My compost may be long on plant and short on animal waste because my flock is getting too small. I intend to rectify that in the spring with the addition of 50 buff orpingtons.

There are so many advantages to the entire food chain including us that it would be a mistake to ignore this. Balfour says, after extensive research, that synthetic fertilizer promotes poor growth, disease and insect damage and that compost made from plant OR animal waste will not do the job of that made from BOTH.

MEG: WE MAKE OURS WITH PLANT AND COMPOSTED HUMAN WASTE AND ITS AWESOME ON THE FRUIT TREES AND MELONS :)

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Jan 04, 2013
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Human waste recylce it
by: caroline Blewitt

Yes my Dad used to empty the outside toilet into holes in the garden; he had the best veg garden and fruit trees I've ever seen.
I bought a little inside one but gave up, but will start again.

[MEG: A PLASTIC RUBBISH BIN WITH LID - ADD A SCOOP OF SAWDUST AFTER EACH USE - WORKS WELL INSIDE OR OUT.]

Jan 04, 2013
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compost
by: Marvin

If you can have 50 chickens, you must be a in a rural area and surely there is a barn around somewhere where you could get manure.

Jan 04, 2013
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compost
by: Anonymous

I have have heard from many sources to never use human waste for compost or to fertilize food.

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