RE: [gardeners] Lurkers come out

Seyfried,Alice (
Mon, 13 Oct 1997 11:54:53 -0400

I'm not sure if these llamas are in a barn or not. I've been planning on
getting a bunch more mulch sometime in the next few weeks, so I will
just get a few more bags for this bed.  


	-----Original Message-----
	From:	Terry King []
	Sent:	Monday, October 13, 1997 10:50 AM
	Subject:	Re: [gardeners] Lurkers come out

	On Mon, 13 Oct 1997 10:25:16 -0400, Seyfried,Alice wrote:
	>The garden is a square island situated on the diagonal in my
back yard.
	>It receives a good many hours of sun per day, so we're going to
make it
	>a vegetable garden in the spring.  Hubby is going to get a load
of llama
	>manure this week from a friend near by.  We'll till that in and
let it
	>sit for the winter.  Is llama manure good stuff?  We also plan
	>tilling all of our falled leaves into the bed this fall. Should
we add
	>some general fertilizer, also?

	Yes Llama manure is good stuff, much like sheep but it tends not
to be mixed 
	with bedding unless they are stalled in a barn.  Llamas are very
tidy creatures 
	and will onl void in a particular potty corner which the whole
herd uses but 
	would never eat or sleep in.  After you till in all your good
stuff I would cover 
	it with a mulch to protect your worms and prevent any early
weeds from 
	sprouting.  I've been *so* impressed with the soil I've been
digging my 
	potatoes out of that I'm totally sold on mulch!  The temps here
have been down 
	to 23F and there are still worms in the soil around the potatoes
because of the 
	mulch keeping them warm and well fed.

	When I finish digging the last 2 rows of potatoes today I'm
planning on raking 
	the area level, adding a little more 10-10-10 fertilizer,
perhaps a little more 
	manure and covering the whole patch with cardboard and spoiled
hay.  Next 
	spring I'll move my strawberries to this spot. 

	Terry King                  North Central Eastern Washington        USDA zone 4, Sunset Zone 1