I worry about this since I've seen my wife's Grandma's neighbor collect leaves and clippings for all the people in the neighborhood and stack them by the curb...thing is Grandma uses Round-up so do some neighbors. I won't just collect clippings for that reason. Les apprehensive about leaves.
"Check horse stables but be sure to find out what they feed them or if antibiotics have been used in the any recent treatments, "
yup. chicken farms, rabbit farms...really you want aged manure though. You don't want raw if you can help it.
"Also check out Bokashi composting pretty much anything that's organics, meat, bones and all sorts of stuff not used in traditional composting can be fermented in a short amount of time and incorporated into the soil profile, you can make your own Bokashi bran very cheaply withEM1 and a 50 lb sack of wheat bran sometimes found at seed farm and ranch co-op's"
You mention EM-1 specifically I likely want to break this out as a separate subject.
From a compilation of quotes attributed to "Catalmas Coot and alts" on forum.grasscity.com
"18. What are phototrophic bacteria?
Phototrophic bacteria are also known as photosynthetic bacteria. Phototrophic bacteria consist of two groups, the purple and the green bacteria. Unlike the process of photosynthesis that is associated with blue-green algae and plants, phototrophic bacteria do not perform plant photosynthesis, do not contain chlorophyll-a, and do not produce oxygen.
Their photosynthetic operation can instead produce hydrogen (depending on conditions) and carbon dioxide. Their growth also depends on sunlight. Several studies show phototrophic bacteria to be detoxifiers and/or consume waste matter. Phototrophic bacteria applications are being researched in various fields, including hydrogen-fuel production.
The purple bacterium that's also known as 'purple sulphur bacteria' is mostly known in the waste treatment industry. Although phototrophic bacteria may represent a small minority of all bacteria, they exist in virtually every environment on earth.
The phototrophic bacteria in EM are the purple bacteria variety."
These specific bacteria strains are generally referred to as PNSB (Purple Non-Sulphur Bacteria) and are beneficial both as a foliar application as well as adding to your regular irrigation water.
You do not have to ferment anything if you want to go with straight EM-1 (or the less expensive method of brewing AEM). They recommend something like 3/4 tsp. per gallon water. I apply 4x that, i.e. 1 tablespoon for foliar and double that for adding to my water.
Use the straight SCD Bio Ag if that's more convenient or make the AEM brew and save a ton of money.
I just bought 1 gallon of this product and the price was very fair - $25.00 but what wasn't so fair was the S&H charges - $12.50 but I did get 4 quarts (delivered) for about $9.37 each.
@Meesh aged manure is preferred. 6 months or more.rice hulls makes a good mulch and add kelp meal or alfalfa meal to get things cooking and get some trace minerals maybe.
So now I'm looking this thread is 600+ comments long I'm sure somebody covered this stuff.