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composting with chicken manure

  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I've just started my first compost pile, and had a question. Everything I've read mentions using green for nitrogen and brown for carbon. Well, right now I've got tons of brown, but not much green. Much of my compost, however, includes bedding I've cleaned out of the chicken coop. Will the...
  2. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Does anyone have a recipe to make an accelerator? Does anybody have a commercial product they would reccomend? The "composting season" (i.e. the period when the temperature allows bacterial activity) is short where I live, so I'm going to try something to speed-up the process.
  3. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Howdy all, Quick question....Is it ok to the put the ingredients from making bread into a compost bin? The yeast and flour, etc.... I ask because we bought a bread maker today and the first loaf didn't work out and there is still some raw ingredients in the mixture. Thanks, Craig
  4. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Greetings, There is a local "composting" facility that makes a product consisting of wood chips (complete with leaves) and sludge. This stuff is hot composted to 168+ degrees and turned once a day or so for I believe 7-14 days (it could be longer I forget what it is exactly). The resulting...
  5. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Have been using dead pond plants and grassy vegetation for compost and mulch in my garden. It seems to work pretty good. Just rake the edges of the pond. It also helps lower the biological oxygen demand in the pond, and thats good for the fish. Give it a whirl.
  6. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I'm new to composting, so I thought I'd ask you guys. 1.) I recently found out that the foliage in one of my "brown" layers may have been killed with an industrial strength herbicide. Will this affect the resulting compost since it will be used in a vegetable garden? 2.) My animals like to...
  7. DIY - Do It Yourself
    Here's how to make a compost tumbler...bill of materials is here.
  8. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I'm new to gardening...this summer will be my first attempt at it (wish me luck). I have a very large dog - a 165lbs great dane. He poops A LOT!!! Well, should I consider using his poop to feed my garden? He has a strict diet of high quality dog food...so good stuff goes in, and good stuff...
  9. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Hi, Just wondering if anyone else here has had this problem. Where I live, west central Florida, turning the compost heaps happens even this time of year. First two this afternoon no problem, turned the third one and HOLY COW, the entire pile erupted with ants. Been composting for years...
  10. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    My son built me a compost bin yesterday and I have been busy trying to fill it up. I'm very happy with it. I also wanted to share a picture of my fall garden. I thought I would lose a bunch of plants to the artic front that swept through, but my plants seem to be thriving. However, I did...
  11. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Could compost heat a large greenhouse in the winter? Also, I've seen those little greenhouses that are long and flat (essentially clear tents that you put over the plants), could small five gallon buckets of compost distributed through out those keep it somewhat warm at night? thank you...
  12. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    At this moment the compost pile that is roughly 30'x25' and roughly 10' tall has a internal temp of 155. Now granted it is a pretty good size pile but that got me thinking,if SHTF in the winter time making heat would be a major concern. And this is alot of "free unused"heat going away. So this...
  13. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I've already used it, takes 10 min to aerate the pile much easier than turning the whole pile. This one of those tools that's gonna get used a lot.
  14. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Last June I noticed a posting on Craigslist for $.50/ton of compost. The NPK was 4.5/1/.5 and it looked very nice. I went to the facility which is a 12 acre building filled with steaming piles of compost which are turned every few days. During the process they claim that all bacteria is...
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