In our organic vegetable gardens we are working to ‘legitimate’ fertilizers that are non-chemical. By that I mean, through formal extension staff as well as by word-of-mouth, villagers have learned and/or been taught to buy chemical fertilizers in place of using animal dung. It is seen as the ‘modern’ way to grow vegetables. It is seen as an entry to the 21st Century…
Our farmers can make a slurry of goat dung, together with a little soil that contains goat urine to which water is added. This is easy because most of our contracting farmers have a goat or two, or can acquire a bit of dung from a neighbour. So it can cost nothing.
Here are pictures of the slurry being used on young plants:
The garden, above, contains a mixture of tomatoes, sukuma wiki, and spinach.