We have just had an interesting failure at Wishetwurra Farm.
One of our favored soil-building techniques is to apply nine inches to a foot of manure, usually horse manure, which is what is most easily available, and to then seed that layer with oats. Sometimes we add buckwheat or pease to the mix, but that’s another story.
In the middle of this month I got four truckloads of Omar and Sheila’s horse poo. A couple of days elapsed between the first two loads and the second two. Each section was seeded promptly, the seed watered in, and then covered with a very light application of old eelgrass mulch, to keep the manure from drying out, as the weather is back in drought mode.
Here is a photograph from two days ago. The near section, with almost no growth of oats, is the area where the first two truckloads were applied. The green far section was filled in and planted almost five days later.
What do you think happened?
The answer will be provided in a few days.