The carbon-to-nitrogen (C:N) ratio is often considered to be of utmost importance in composting, particularly hot composting. If the C:N ratio is too high, the compost will break down extremely slowly. If the ratio is too low, the pile can produce a displeasing smell as excess nitrogen escapes into the atmosphere in the form of…… Continue reading C:N Ratios of Common Organic Materials
Just the basics on this comprehensive approach to sustainable living.
Running a farm or ranch is not the only way to cash in on your agricultural interest. These days, there are plenty of fields where a knowledge of agriculture and agricultural sciences can be a plus, and where you will have an opportunity to aid those who have chosen to work the land. Here are…… Continue reading 11 Applications for an Agricultural Interest Besides Farming
Tired of tilling? It’s time to throw in the trowel and let soil microorganisms do the work.
This unique seed-throwing grass plays an important role in rebuilding damaged shortgrass prairie.
Buffalo grass (Buchloe dactyloides) is characteristic of a shortgrass prairie plant, only reaching two to eight inches in height. It may grow upright, or its stems may lie on the ground and curl up toward the tips. They are slender and solid. The leaf blades are fine-textured, being less than 1/8 inch wide. They reach…… Continue reading Buffalo Grass
This cool-season grass can be a boon in the pasture or a bane in a wildlife planting.
In cool, moist climates, few plants make better forage or turf than Kentucky bluegrass.
Its wide distribution and importance to the prairie ecosystem have made little bluestem the state grass of Kansas.
Organic gardeners have many good reasons to use mulch besides aesthetics. We’ll give you three.