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publication date: Aug 1, 2010
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drop spreaderAdding fertility to the farm comes in many forms: cover cropping, composting, and spreading of a variety of powders, pellets and potions.  To me, cover cropping and composting help address the greater fertility needs and long-term productivity of the soil. Spreading of certain minerals, such as lime, contribute to this same broad approach as well, and the combination of these practices forms the basis of a healthy soil where crops can thrive. In addition, there are the amendments that I add to specifically boost the following crop, including high nitrogen byproducts like blood meal and feather meal, and mined minerals like sulfate of potash. These are typically relatively concentrated (for organic) materials, chosen for specific known deficiencies.

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