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Manure scavenger

Shoveling manure

You know you live in a crunchy area when the free horse manure is fought over. I'm currently grabbing the precious organic matter when it's only a couple of weeks old and letting it mellow on our farm to make sure I'll have enough.

Sweeping manure

And, yes, I love my manure so much I even sweep out the truck once I'm done.

Dumping manure

That last wheelbarrow goes a long way toward creating new garden beds! These will be planted in lettuce and kale next month.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Hah, I'm the same! Gotta get over to the horse paddocks early on a Saturday morning to beat all the other gardeners!
Comment by Darren (Green Change) Fri Jul 20 06:27:33 2018
Consider getting your own mini-horse. They're adorable, calm and easily trained. They don't eat much-- a small pasture 5 months a year and a small square bail will last 5-7 days the rest of the year. You'll get 10 b of future humus every day!
Comment by doc Fri Jul 20 16:08:39 2018

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