Being the ever hopeful old farmer, I look forward to seeing how this turns out. Several years back I tried a similar tack. Roy Bell operated a dairy just up the road from me, and he told me I could have all the composted “cow byproduct” I wanted to put on my garden. I borrowed his spreader and, like President Obama, slung an enormous amount of it.
I was highly optimistic of the prospects. I proceeded to lay off rows and plant my onions and potatoes around the first of March. When I checked on them the following morning, I had maybe a half dozen onion plants left out of five-to-six bunches. Cutworms had ravaged them overnight. It turned out the composted manure seemed to be comprised of at least 90 percent cutworm eggs and noxious weed and grass seed.
This year I asked my wife, Pastor Helen, to add my garden to her congregation’s prayer concerns. Please Lord, don’t let my composted tree trimmings turn into cutworms and crabgrass!
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy Commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to email@example.com.