First time posting on this great site. I'm trying to figure something out....
A farmer can deliver fresh chicken manure which I am led to believe is harmful to vegetables if it hasn't composted for 6 to 9 months. This is in part due to its high nitrogen content. So, here's my thinking. If I use a mixture of fresh logs and nicely decomposed logs for the bed of the hugelkultur, would I be right in assuming that perhaps the nitrogen hungry fresh logs would counter any ill effects from the nitrogen rich chickenpoop and that the vegetables on top would be unharmed? I was intending to cover the logs with the manure and then layer straw and compost and topsoil above that so that the manure is deep within the structure. Any thoughts? Is chicken manure so harmful un composted that I should steer clear?
Hey, welcome Leon!
When given a chance at chicken manure you should definitely accept. The best corn I ever grew was planted in a mix of ripe chicken and fresh cow poo. If you plan to put it near the bottom of your bed I see no problem with it. Hugelcultures are notorious for being nitrogen sinks for the first year. I’d like to see pictures of your process and final results when you have time.
Yes, yes, yes! Dump a thick layer of chicken poo on those logs before burying it in your garden soil.
I add chicken poop directly to my garden all the time and rarely will compost it. Tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, cabbage . . . I put the stuff all over. Now I've only got a half-dozen birds, so I don't generate that much, but a little bit here, a little bit there . . . and everything seems to love it.
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