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Low nitrogen compost

Strawberries and broccoli

A new garden spot always has new challenges. The first real issue popping up for us is compost quality --- the topsoil/manure mixture Nitrogen deficiencyfrom our neighbor was excellent (if a bit weedy), but the municipal compost is clearly low on nitrogen. Slow growth and slightly yellow leaves on heavy feeders while nitrogen-fixing beans grow just fine is a dead giveaway.

Luckily, low nitrogen is an easy fix. This week, my goal is to follow up on a few leads for other compost/manure sources suitable for topdressing. In the meantime, we're gorging on lettuce, are picking the first small broccoli and a smattering of strawberries, and are eying ripening peas.

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Why not add dilluted urine to boost nitrogen levels?
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