Roughly composted uses in the garden

I know that not everyone has access to farm compost or even backyard rabbit or bird compost but everyone that does has a little issue.. most of the time their compost looks nothing like what you see in the stores or the screened compost that is in the magazine or local garden group.

O no, our compost has chunks, hunks and lots of straw bits in it.. if you are lucky enough to have a tractor and a few years, you can turn it into rich black gold, but for those of us that are doing it all by hand, it took long enough to haul it, water it and give it some turns to keep it going..DSCN4299 (2)

I know, I know you just looked at that and thought, that is uncomposted stuff.. right..

Wrong, that is one full year of naturally composted bedding with nothing done to it, its last years feeding pack to be accurate.. its a combo of hay-straw, horse, cow and sheep with a bit of goose and the odd chicken poo and despite the look of it here, its composted down in size to a third of what it started at in just one year..

Lots of composting going on in there to reduce in size by 2-3rds, its filled with worms and all other goodness, I know this because its a chicken magnet, let them out and the hens are flocking to it to have a good scratch and find session.. This also helps greatly in regards to working the first layer lightly..

DSCN4300Looks a bit better dumped out right, at least now you can see its pretty light and fluffy and that the biggest pieces are about half the size of a horse apple, now you are most likely thinking, I sure would not want that anywhere near my root veggie double dug areas and I agree but this is perfect for in the garden use

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Have you figure out why yet..

hmmmm.  It allows the always busy gardener to both bed down and feed plants, in this case six wheel barrels where needed to bed down and fall feed the rhubarb patches, the bedding in the mix will give some added protection to the wintering plants, the compost at a year old and well after its first heat up is no longer hot to the plants but it will still be lots to do heavy feeders like rhubarb..

sure in the spring, I will rake back a touch on the main plants but not much and they would easily push threw that 2 to 3 inch deep cover. This type of compost works very well for heavy feeders, but that’s not all, it can also be placed and spread to about a two inch depth on any area that will have above ground plants for the 2015 season.

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Roughly composted uses in the garden

  1. Sheri says:

    Now that is “Beautiful”! I don’t have farm animals but I do compost all my garden & kitchen debris into 2 large portable bins and I have a beach close by where I can collect seaweed, also driftwood, washed up old bricks, sea glass, bones and rocks. The bricks are a real treasure because I hunt for the one’s with lettering on them. They are from a company in Canada and I’ve been using them in an area on my walking path where they are being set in the ground “mosaic style” where the bird bath is. I wait until after a big storm & rain, that cleans the salt off the seaweed.

    • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

      Hi Sheri, this is really cool! Which coast are you on, east or west? Have you ever figured out how the (Canadian?!) bricks made it to your beach? I love finding beach glass here on the shore of Lake Ontario: )

      • Sheri says:

        West Coast: San Juan Islands, just south of B.C. Canada. I’m about a half hour from the border. Fidalgo Island is where you go to get on the ferry to Vancouver Island B.C. I can see the light glow of Victoria on Vancouver Island.

  2. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Looks and sounds like pure gold to me, FG!: ) Plus, sitting under the Winter’s snows will also help to get it to the texture you’re looking for, won’t it?

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