Composting for the Feb Challange

This month on the sustainable eats Urban farm Handbook year long gardening challange, it was soil buiding..

Ok, so the photo does not look like much but when we got that amazing spring snap of weather at the first part of feb, we got busy and cleaned out over 3/4 of Girls huge loose stall’s deep winter pack, leaving her bed area still in the deep pack method so that she still had a nice naturally warm and thick sleeping area.

What you see above is in fact a eight feet long, four feet wide and over three feet deep wonderful mix of cow/bedding, in the middle I added in some fowl dropping/bedding with two more layers of cow.. a number of buckets of warm water have been poured on top, and its been hard at work, the steam has been rising off of it and it has dropped by about a foot already in height..

Its now covered in snow, as it looks like march is coming in like a lion 🙂 but i have no doubt at all that under that snow covering, that deep in that pack, its still chugging away, once we get to above 0 temps again, i will turn it, added another couple buckets of water      and let it go again.

While I do have worm bins under the rabbit hutches, the above compost is to hot right now for me to add any to it yet, but once it gets turned twice more and cools off, I will make a couple small holes and adding a few hundred worms to it. Its always amazing to me just how fast the worms reproduce when given the right conditions. When I am working in my gardens, I like to count the worms in a singe turn over to get a idea of just how healthy my soil is..

I also started a older compost pile that is being prepped for growing mushrooms in it, its coming along nicely, and I am looking forward to a early flush of mushrooms for the house, I have high hopes for the logs we did up last year, here is hoping for many pds of oyster mushrooms out of those logs for the next three to five years.

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8 Responses to Composting for the Feb Challange

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  2. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Okay, Internet gremlins at work today. Try to remember everything for attempt #2…
    Very excited about mushroom growing, so can’t wait to hear what you have to share.
    So many questions to ask… Like where did you get your oyster spawn? What others do you grow?
    We’ve several types that already like the pines here, so I can’t wait to add more.

    • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

      Oh, remembered a couple more: It is just regular earth worms you’re using in your mulching, right? Have you written other posts about mushrooms? Thanks, D.

      • worms are both regular and red wigger that you can buy by the hundred or thousand lots around here at the local market or the seedy saturday events, green expo etc, we have a very active worm composting company in the area.

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      Got mine at greenhouse by alfied, they come from Weston Seeds, woodbridge ont, says website is http://www.weston seeds.com

      I got four different kinds, I will have to hit books and get to back to you on which ones are done , vs which ones are still waiting to be done. They came from italy orginally per the package.

  3. Jenny says:

    Love the idea of a worm bin under the rabbit hutch. I tend to give our rabbit all the scraps and worry if I’ll have enough for worms. Will be looking forward to your posts on mushrooms. I have been unable to grow my own so far.

    • The worms happliy eat the rabbit poo, and I throw the used bedding down there as well, mixing it in on the favorite corner that the rabbit pee’s in to help with the acid. I often will throw in year old compost from the barn as well, or garden green scrapes and typically give them a few egg shells now and agian to help with the acid level as well..

      It don’t baby them, they just do their thing.. and they do it well, I have found the worms under the rabbit hutches less work then I did when I ran bins up north that were doing the whole house in terms of recyle stuff

  4. Interesting, as today I find we’ll be raising chickens and rabbits next year. You feed the rabbits kitchen scraps? Do you also feed them alfalfa and rabbit food?
    So much to learn…

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