Well just because the farm might not have "compost Piles" doesn't mean the farm doesn't have compost. Organic Mulch is essentially composting. Anything organic you drop on the ground will eventually break down. So mulching is composting. Letting the chickens have a garden bed for a season before moving them on and growing a cover crop is composting in a sense.
Leah Sattler wrote:
...why is raking up old hay and taking a few scoops of manure for compost to a seperate area more work? I don't think it is. in fact its a heck of alot less imo. shelters can be designed for ease of cleanout rather then ease of movement (or require a tractor). they can be more sturdy and last longer or use can be made of natural things for shelter that may not be available in all rotated areas. you don't have to worry about the critters eating down or digging up your perrenials because they happen to think they are tasty.
Brenda Groth wrote:
...mostly sheet compost my scraps..throwing them where i think they will do the most good..amongst the mulch..and plantings.
i know that my way seems a little "messy"..cause i do have food scraps rotting 12 months out of the year in my gardens..flower or food or mixed beds...however..this is easier for me ...
if you are going to have a really sustainable situation, humanure should be composted and that definitely requires aging. I would not humanure compost without a pile or bin since you want to get good hot composting going as you add to the pile and then you should age the pile a full year, that is quite a long time to leave a garden bed fallow or in non edible cover crops. Now the idea of moving the humanure compost bin around so once the aging is done for a pile, you can simply disassemble the bin and spread the compost right on a new bed location might be a nice way to reduce a little of the work. By the way, humanure composting is not much work since you simply build and add to the pile, no turning. I don't turn any kind of compost, you loose material that way.
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:
I don't know about you, but less work sounds fabulous to me. Because aren't there always more things to do than we can cram into our days?
Thoughts? Are any of you being so efficient that you don't compost?
paul wheaton wrote:
As for your veggie box - what you are doing is making a compost pile. Entirely because you don't have pigs and/or chickens. But this compost pile is a little weird. It'll be closer to ruth stout's sheet composting technique. There are risks: it is possible for the soil to be so rich that it is toxic to growing things there. So you probably should stop adding to it around the end of december.
Jami McBride wrote:
Composting: I now throw everything (yes meat, fat, plant cuttings, everything) into my chicken area (I live in the city on 1/3 an acre). It's not always pretty (I hate that) but boy is it easy having the girls do all the work.
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:
Leah, you saidwhich makes sense - I get that. But do you have an example of something that is designed to do work for you, along the lines of composting in place, where you want/need it instead of somewhere else?
Nature composts all over the place, farmers often obtain benefits by composting in specific locations. Compost piles generate heat, so showers, green houses and animal shelters often benefit from concentrated compost piles rather than random deposits by wandering animals. The Quaker Barn had entrances at each level so the farmer never worked against gravity to put hay up in the hayloft and then fork it down. Animals walked in on the middle level and their feces fell to the lower level often with the aid of the farmer. The heat from the lower level kept the barn warm and the animals in one place.
TCLynx Hatfield wrote:Well just because the farm might not have "compost Piles" doesn't mean the farm doesn't have compost. Organic Mulch is essentially composting. Anything organic you drop on the ground will eventually break down. So mulching is composting. Letting the chickens have a garden bed for a season before moving them on and growing a cover crop is composting in a sense.