. That's what I was thinking. If it worked for them it should work for us. Found a couple websites on the subject. One company in Washington state makes fish compost mixing sawdust from mills, some completed compost and fish scraps from a seafood processor. It's called oly compost. I guess they mix all this together on a concrete pad and inject air into it to speed up the process. If they're able to sell the stuff it should be harmless to people right? Fish don't have the greasy fat that animals have so it makes sense it would break down more cleanly. To insure nothing gets into it and to control smell,I'm going to cover it w a tarp. I'll et you guys know how it goes.
Karen Layne wrote:I've always read that corn is such a heavy feeder that native Americans would plant each one with a whole fish. I don't know. I do know that where I love to go flounder fishing, there is a fish cleaning station where the bones and guts are ground up and the slurry is sent back into the water. I'd love to have a bunch of buckets on my boat and sit there at the spout filling my buckets up to put on my garden.
would rather compost them instead of making emulsion. emulsion stinks! compost is easier to handle and store than raw fish also. it may take some tweaking to get right but I'm betting it will make a great compost! do you turn your pile or just let it do its thing?
Sean Banks wrote:I have composted fish and its turns out just fine. Once the pile gets hot they disappear within a couple of days. I have also done this with roadkill deer, foxes, birds, squirrels, and rabbits. There is no smell whatsoever and i never had a issue with critters. With fish you could also make homemade fish emulsion or just do it the indian way and bury it in holes during planting time.
I'm going to have to look into that. they do dump a lot of spoiled potatoes.
Travis Johnson wrote:I don't know what they get for a truckload but I do know it is a year old.
I would think if you talked to the local potato farmers you could get their rotted potatoes by the truck full. That would make for some really good compost as well!
My mother's habit was to fill a 55-gallon drum with salmon heads and guts, and then top it up with water. She'd leave it in the sun for a couple of weeks and then make her children scoop it out in buckets and carry it into garden, while she sat upwind in a cloud of cigarette smoke "supervising". Needless to say I was not a fan of the stuff.
But we grew about 600 pounds of potatoes every year in a 90-day growing season along the Yukon river. So I can't say it didn't work.
got plenty of sawdust.
mick dipiano wrote:If a pile smells cover it in brown