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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Composting from the barn

Composting from the barn is probably one of the easiest things you can do.

After all if you are stalling a horse you have WET contents POOP and PEE as well as DRY contents being the shavings AND left over hay pieces.

I tend to have more WET than I do dry... BUT my positive is I have tons of trees thus I end up with SO MANY leaves this is the perfect balance to the poop and pee I am layering on the pile everyday.

There are TWO major issues with horse poop, and you will have to make sure to manage them properly!  Weed seeds are prevalent in the poop AND there can be a lot of salt in horse poop!  You will want to test your compost to make sure all is well before using it.  I tend to layer poop, leaves, coffee and egg shells (from home) and even some limestone if I can. 

Compost takes time and can have its problems, it must be turned each month all summer.
It can have too much water or too little.
It can also not allow new seeds to grow.  This is going to happen if your hay field was treated with a broad spectrum weed killer.  This can linger for years and can create issues on your property.  So much like your own food you need to know where your hay came from and how it was maintained.
If you have a lot of weeds growing in your compost it may not get enough sun for a long enough time to heat to a sufficient temperature to kill the weed seeds. 
One of the largest mistakes made new comers to compost is not allowing good drainage in the compost pile.

Compost if done correctly can attract the best of worms to quicken your decay process.
if done correctly this compost will be dark, fertile, and ready to use the next year from start to finish.

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