Piling up the goat manure
Phase one of our homegrown fertility campaign is the garden/kitchen/chicken compost pile. But that isn't nearly enough to make it through the year. Enter phase two: the goat compost pile.
Now, this isn't really as
big a deal as I assumed it was at this time last year. After putting
uncomposted goat manure on the garden all summer, I realized that it
really wasn't any weedier than the composted horse manure we'd been
using to date. But I've still decided to earmark the goat manure for
large-seeded crops like squash and corn that can easily be protected
from weeds using newspaper and straw kill mulches between plants.
While turning the older
compost to incorporate it with the new, I discovered quite a few dry
patches like the one shown to the left in the photo above. I'd assumed I
needed to cover up the piles after about an inch of rain fell on them
to prevent leaching of nutrients, but it seems like I should have
allowed for at least twice that much rainfall pre-covering. Now that the
manure is in an even bigger pile, I probably should leave it out for a
solid month then take a look inside and see how well it's hydrating
before pulling out the tarps.
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