by Texas Homesteader ~
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By now you know the amazing benefits of compost – both environmentally as well as botanically. Living on a Homestead I’m blessed to have constant access to one of the most important components of my compost: Manure.
The difference in the vigor of our growing veggie plants is pretty amazing when using this natural fertilizer.
Recently RancherMan cleaned out the cattle trailer and I was quick to harvest this now easily-accessible precious material.
Compost: Black GOLD For The Garden!
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Several years ago I discovered the Easy Compost Guide. Really, it’s as simple as: add some ‘greens’ such as veggie peels or green plants, and ‘browns’ such as dried leaves, paper or cardboard. Keep it lightly wet like a wrung-out sponge and keep it mixed often to add oxygen. That’s it!
Since I have a *compost tumbler I am always in various stages of making compost. Whether I’m tossing in veggie peels or cores, adding cardboard or paper, or even weeds that have not yet gone to seed. I love this tumbler!
Actually now I also have a *Tandem Composter which is basically two separate enclosures on one stand. (Mine actually has two whole separate tumblers on one stand.)
That way when one side gets filled I can leave it to finish making the compost as I’m adding material to the other side. Let me tell ya it’s been game changing!
Anyway, now that I have this aged manure I figured I’d add it to my compost tumbler. So I first gathered up a healthy portion of manure & tossed it into my tumbler, giving it a few quick turns to get everything mixed together.
I’ve been so thrilled with this tumbler. My old manual method of taking a compost fork and turning the compost to get it to make that black gold was not very successful. That’s because I just couldn’t seem to keep it turned often enough.
Oh I still made compost. But usually only a very small amount each year because of my lack of action. It was just too hard to get my wire enclosure moved and the compost turned frequently enough.
Since obtaining my tumbler though, I simply give it a quick turn each time I dump something in there. Now I make compost in just a few weeks instead of several months. I know I’m gushing but yes, I love it that much!
Anyway, after I had a healthy amount of manure in my tumbler I gathered the rest into a large bucket and dumped it into a now-idle place in my garden.
Although I’m sure the manure is aged enough by now to be safe mixing into the soil around the plants themselves, using manure that’s too fresh is ‘hot’ and will burn your plants. I didn’t want to take that chance.
So I’ll allow it to sit here for a couple of weeks just to make sure, then I’ll mix it into the soil throughout my garden.
I’ll be planting a fall garden soon so this will definitely come in handy in that area as well.
Do you use manure in your compost or planting?
My Favorite Garden Hacks
- Easy Garden Planning Spreadsheet
- Getting A Jump: Planting An Indoor Greenhouse
- Repurposed Cardboard Seed-Starting Pots
- 3-Sister’s Garden – The Original Companion Planting
- Planting A Large Galvanized Trough
- Tricking Birds AWAY From Your Strawberry Plants
- Easy Compost For A Healthy Garden
- Propping Tender Seedlings
- Cheap (or FREE) Wood Mulch For The Garden
- Using Vining Plants For Living Mulch
- Homestead Hack: Remember Where You Planted Seeds
- How Vegetable Gardening Can Change Your Life!
- Keeping Potted Plants Watered
- Planting A Blueberry Bush In Galvanized Tub
- Stevia – Growing Your Own Sweetener!
- How I Use EcoBricks In The Garden
- Compost Old Confidential Documents
- Repurposing A Coffee Can For Deep-Soak Watering
- How Leaves Benefit Your Garden
- My Simple, Zero-Waste Herb Drying Setup
- How To Grow Fresh Salad Greens In All Seasons
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