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Old 03-14-2008, 10:41 PM   #1
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found this on BYO magazine web site

In the bottom of the holes, place a one-inch layer of wood ash, an inch of straw or grass clippings, an inch of some mellow, already composted manure (sheep seems to be about the best), and three inches of the topsoil you removed from the hole, and cover with three inches of mulch.
Water well. Let age and settle for at least two weeks.

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Old 03-14-2008, 11:34 PM   #2
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I used a mix of 1/3 soil, 1/3 steer manure and 1/3 peat moss. I've got a lot of clay in my soil.

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thank you i'll do that

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I used a mix of 1/3 soil, 1/3 steer manure and 1/3 peat moss. I've got a lot of clay in my soil.
I used a mix of 1/4 soil, 1/4 sand, 1/4 steer manure and 1/4 peat moss. I have clayey soil also.
I also plan to use miracle grow fertilizer after the hops sprout. I am not a green thumb, but miracle grow works well on garden plants, shrubs.
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I like adding mushroom compost to most new plantings (non hops). It stinks, but the plants love it. The topsoil that I have already has some sand in it, so I won't be adding any of that.

I also plan on doing the buried bucket w/o a bottom to regulate root competition. They can go as deep as they want.

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I just did a mix of a loamy soil and 1/4 compost, 1/2 store bought garden soil, and1/4 manure. We'll see...

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I like adding mushroom compost to most new plantings (non hops). It stinks, but the plants love it. The topsoil that I have already has some sand in it, so I won't be adding any of that.

I also plan on doing the buried bucket w/o a bottom to regulate root competition. They can go as deep as they want.
What size buckets? I just got a 55gal plastic water drum from a buddy and cut it in half and I'm wondering how many rhizomes I can get in each half (right now I've got two in each).
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I was thinking 5-6 gal buckets that you get at Home Despot.

Too small you think?

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Be sure to check the soil ph.
You guys with clay soil add some gypsum. Home depot has it for like 4 bucks a bag.
If your soil is acidic like mine you need to adjust it with some lime.

I added compost, lime, gypsum and sand. I have read that Hops like organic fertilizers better than chemical.

My compost is pretty nice but I will also be adding some bone meal it aids in root growth.

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I was thinking 5-6 gal buckets that you get at Home Despot.

Too small you think?
I started off thinking that 5 gal would be fine and ended up at 25 gal...lol. First year is really about getting established roots, so my thinking has been the more room the better, but I'm sure that at some point that rule falls down.
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I see a few of you have mentioned "steer manure".. is there much of a diff. between steer/cow manure and horse manure? I was planning on using horse manure because a co-worker of mine has a few horses and will bring the manure to me.

Living in AZ I figure the soil is pretty much...uh...bounced and is going to need all the help it can get. I'll probably be adding gypsum and lime as well as the manure and other compost that I have started.

I'm actually taking some free landscape/gardening classes and will ask this question as well tonight.

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