There seems to be an ongoing discussion in many areas on whether or not it is possible to produce crops, orchards, or gardens etc, without the use of chemicals. In short, the answer is a resounding, YES!
The quick version is, for something to live, something else has to die. Nature has its own answer to any threat that could ever come against your plants. Your responsibility is to make sure that they have the tools they need to defend themselves. The right type of compost creates good fungus and bacteria that will nurse the soil to full health. These bacteria need nourishment themselves. That’s where fertilizers come in.
Many of you may have read articles about a man in Nebraska who spread his unused raw milk on his land, and experienced incredible improvements to his soil. The science behind this is staggering. The NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) says that one teaspoon of productive soil generally contains 100 million to 1 billion bacteria. These bacteria are responsible for everything from generating nitrogen to killing harmful plant disease. When fed properly some bacteria will double in count and weight every 15 minutes. And it just so happens that raw milk provides the perfect balanced diet.
There are a few voices out there that have posed some thoughts against these techniques. The first is the smell; many people have tried this by putting the milk directly on the ground in large concentrations. As the milk spoils it will put off a bad odor, but the thing to keep in mind is, a little goes a long way. The suggested amount is 3-5 gallons per acre. If you do this two to four times a growing season, you can start with a higher amount and reduce it as you go. By deluting it to these proportions you can almost eliminate the smell. The other complaint is more theoretical. Some people think that it will be hard for the plants to absorb the fat content. Others say that again by adding water you spread the fat out so much that it doesn’t matter.
Suggestion: Just try it yourself! It is very important to compare apples to apples. Make sure to use raw milk, as pasteurized milk has been robbed of a lot of these essential elements talked about above.
If you have tried this please leave a comment below.