Ever since January 1st, I’ve had a fever.
Gardening fever, that is.
Last week, my fever grew even stronger with the arrival of these:
Four big bags of cow poo!
Just for me!
Don’t these cow patties make you want to stick a shovel in the ground?
My first instinct was to dump these dumps all over my garden plot, but since this will be my first garden at 402 Rusk Street, I wanted to do things right! So I did a little poo research and discovered that composted manure is more beneficial to plants than non-composted manure.
So…what does this mean?
I have no idea.
And when I have no idea, I start improvising.
To be honest, I have shied away from composting in the past because it has all seemed so complicated, and I didn’t know where to start. But now that I have these 4 lovely bags of poo, I have decided to just start something and see where my efforts take me!
And so, in a remote area of the yard, I dug a deep hole:
Sigh! I love having sandy soil. There’s no way I would have dug a hole this quickly in clay soil!
Then I added organic material like grass clippings, leaves or pine needles to the hole:
Next, I added a layer of cow patties and [violently] broke them up with a spade:
(Some piles of shit were more stubborn than others.)
I repeated this process with another layer of clippings/leaves/pine needles and manure:
Finally, I covered the who thing with a thick layer of leaves/ pine needles and applied enough water to moisten all of the layers of manure and organic material.
In order to see results, I will need to water hole at least once a week and turn the contents of the pile over with each new addition of fresh manure.
Since I do not have a long enough garden hose, I had to carry waste basket after waste basket full of water all the way across the yard.
Note to self: BUY A LONGER HOSE!
I can’t wait to see what this shit hole produces after a couple months!! If all goes well, I will have nutrient-rich, burried treasure on my hands!
Benefits of composted manure:
*Helps hold nutrients in the soil
To see how the experts do it, click here!
I also dug a separate compost hole for my raw kitchen scraps…
First, I dug a hole:
Then I applied a layer of organic material such as grass clipping, leaves or pine needles:
Next, I added a layer of raw kitchen scraps such as fruit and veggie peelings, egg shells and coffee grounds.
Items NOT to add to compost: Anything cooked, fatty or salted–raw food only!
Finally, I topped the pile with a thick layer of grass clippings/leaves/pine needles and watered thoroughly.
This, too, needs to be watered and turned on a regular basis. But it’s all worth the effort for these reasons:
…improves the soil structure, porosity, and density, thus creating a better plant root environment.
…improves water-holding capacity, thus reducing water loss and leaching in sandy soils like mine.
…supplies a variety of macro and micronutrients.
…may control or suppress certain soil-borne plant pathogens.
…improves and stabilizes soil pH (very important if I want to grow sweet cucumbers instead of nasty, bitter cucumbers!)
I actually had a lot of fun digging holes and filling them with poo and garbage.
I know that sounds weird. Let me rephrase:
One man’s manure is another man’s burried treasure!