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eric fisher
Post     Subject: goat "deposits." 2

Hi Eric! I  excited about learning more about compost tea for my gardens. I have composted for years... but have not worked on the "tea" aspect. My compost bins are... 1- food scraps and "brown matter" in a stationary compost bin and..2-an open bin with straw and pine shavings, combined with goat "deposits." (This bin is new as are my goats and I am not sure if I can use it for composting.) What do you think?



Hi Harriet,

Sorry I have been late in replying, these permies are a sophisticated lot and ask very searching questions.  Regarding your goat(s?) I am a touch envious because I think  involving them in such activities is a great idea.  Composting their manure would be an emphatic YES.  Goat manure is over double the strength in nitrogen of cow manure (22 lbs per ton) so I would suggest that you let it mature before you put it near your food plants or use in tea, but it's a different matter if you are doing soil improvement/remediation. Looks like you've got your composting sussed (do you use that colloquialism in America?) balancing brown and greens etc.

I'm not sure if this is viable within your location but having a connection to the soil and/or involving earthworms greatly improves the quality and safety of the finished product.

Best wishes from the East Riding of Yorkshire. We all drink tea from small cups and live in castles here.
Harriet Detweiler
Post     Subject: compost tea with goat "deposits"

Hi Eric! I  excited about learning more about compost tea for my gardens. I have composted for years... but have not worked on the "tea" aspect. My compost bins are... 1- food scraps and "brown matter" in a stationary compost bin and..2-an open bin with straw and pine shavings, combined with goat "deposits." (This bin is new as are my goats and I am not sure if I can use it for composting.) What do you think?