Needed a lot of manure for our next layer of our #mulchscreen after we placed the cardboard. Was hoping for finding a resource for delivery but no luck. Found a great resource on craigslist for free #compost#manure at Tatum Hay and Grain on 69th ave and southern ave in Laveen. Very helpful- super easy- and free!! Lots and lots manure for our garden project. Stoked! 💩💩💩
Slightly ahem, non colourful side of gardening - Manure !
This one in particular is called 'Meengni' a vernacular word for goat droppings in Rajasthan. Domestic goats ( Capra aegagrus hircus) played a major role as livestock in most parts of India until the green revolution and operation flood enabled farmers to rear and gain from cows and buffaloes. Throughout the Indian subcontinent various endemic goat breeds are known to exist. Goats survive some extreme terrains and scarcity of resources, yet providing for the household with meet and dairy. Goats thrive on virtually any kind of cellulose ( yes, cellulose - leaves, paper, bark, twigs, cardboard, textile - ANYTHING !). This is why they're still extremely popular livestock in Rajasthan. This particular lot is full of Acacia seeds, from the Acacia pods the goats feasted on. Been getting Acacia saplings wherever the 'meengni' was scattered. Traditionalists in Rajasthan swear by the near miraculous impact of goat droppings. Truth is cows were scarce in the drier regions of India at one time, and goat manure decays slowly. This makes it great slow release fertiliser. Plus, it's much drier than cow dung which makes it ( slightly) less 'eww'.
It's not just farmers who used goat droppings. In the past goat droppings were used for pre-printing/ pre-dying processes of cotton textiles in western India. The goat herd nomads of tibet, ladakh and parts of mongolia were known to use it for various daily needs.
🍃 How to do soil treatment in your farm organically 🍃
🌾 1. Add manure or organic compost (it provides rich, nutrient content and also helps build carbon compounds (organic materials) that build soil structure).
🌾 2. Add dolomite (raises the pH level of acidic soils and provide valuable nutrients to plants).
🌾 3. Mixing both of them.
The farm beds ready for planting!
And.... don't forget to add liquid compost periodically! 😉
A backwards look at our recent compost pile:
5) all done!
4) water it in! Get all elements together (warmth, water, air, earth)
3) materials get mixed!
2) fresh manure!
1) chop into tiny bits that fresh green stuffs.
It was a whole farm effort and will benefit the whole farm system when it is finished. The compost has been at a cozy 122 degrees for several days now- when it starts to dip, we will turn it again. Biodynamic preps will go in during a future turn!
With all this work... We can't wait for our compost pad to be finished... So thankful for an #NRCS grant to help us up out compost game... Always smarter! Always better!
Whatcha think, @jessica_kerwin_jenkins @full_plate_farm @avena_botanicals?
"If its lived, it can live again" - Geoff Lawton
Compost pile in progress. First attempt at this site. Dry leaf litter, green leaf and manure. The shredded stuff was hibiscus we chucked in the wood chipper.. strong fibre! #compost
The horses are all pretty excited to have a big backhoe in the hood! Interestingly, the horses have created six stud/poo piles around the barn - which totalled an entire dump truck load of manure that we scooped up and dropped into this blackberry thicket. Now that’s what I call pasture management! This climate is neither hot nor cold enough to kill worm eggs- which is why we don’t want to leave manure spread out around our pastures. #studpile#manure#listentoyourhorse