Here's what we do. I'd like to know if others think it could be improved and how. And I'd just like to know what others do.
We spread a load of manure on half the garden every two or three years. We don't plant that half of the garden the following spring. When we spread the manure we also sprinkle rock phosphate and greensand. When each seedling is planted I put a bit of Osmocote in the hole. That's it. We're pretty happy with the veggie production, but I keep learning new things every decade. :-)
Manure isn't safe here anymore due to persistent weed killer contamination. I've switched to mushroom compost from a relatively local source when I need to add to my own compost. I also use some cottonseed meal for nitrogen.
I have been using Azomite for a microfert since my soil was almost completely devoid of trace minerals -- not unusual for the southeast -- and will be following up again this winter or spring with a detailed soil test to see if I need to continue to add it or if I'm in the right ballpark now.
I have a load of compost delivered from a local supplier and spread that on the veggie beds each spring. I don't till it in or anything, just spread on top. Then I like to use a liquid Fertilizer during the growing season. I like Neptunes Liquid Seaweed Fertilizer or their Seaweed/Fish Blend. When I plant the tomatoes and peppers and such in spring I like to add some dry bagged Tomato type fertilzer around each plant.
Not everything in it is a "good" mineral or element. It's volcanic dust. You don't want a whole lot of lead, for example. So, personally, I wouldn't use it without knowing what's in my soil already and how much of it.
I added my homemade compost,,some store bought manure ,plant tone , topsoil ,bloodmeal and lime mix all together in my wheel barrow and add to the bed.I put a bit of plant tone in the hole when I put in the plants, then spray the growing plants with Fish Emulsion every 2 weeks.I also put a little 10-10-10 fertilizer around the plants every 2 weeks.
When you spread manure and then don't plant crops on that area, do you plant a cover crop like clover or fall Rye or buckwheat?
You would add more organic matter, some nitrogen, and prevent some leaching. If there are any herbicides in a load of manure, you might get early warning if the cover crop is sensitive to that.
I've read that pea seedlings are very sensitive to many herbicides, so you could use a few peas to serve as a canary-in-the-mine.
If someone has had that problem with their supplier, they could let the manure sheet-compost for a month or so, in a very thick layer somewhere, while waiting for some peas to emerge and prove it safe. Then they would have to spread it out where they really donated it, in a thinner layer.
i tried buckwheat for 1st time this yr..
i didnt water well enough..but it came up where i did water..lol
i like it..i usually leave part of the vegy garden fallow so next yr..im going to try to do
a couple plantings of buckwheat there..and water ..:)
i'll use the vegy growth in the compost..just cut down..and let the roots rot where there at..
las.. i used fish bone meal 1st time this yr..i like it.. except..as you suggest..kritters..
this yr..provo has been indudated with racoons.. city doesnt have enough traps to rent out..:(
they havent bothered my corn..thank goodness.. but..where i put fish bone meal.. they dug into the
soil there.. when i saw it..i didnt know what was up..a fellow garden friend suggested raccoons.. sure enough.. crazy animals..:)
i do plan to use fish bone meal next yr though..i like it.. and its not to pricey..