i would compost when in doubt about manure. mix with some browns and greens and let it cook and turn every three days - it'll be fine in 3-4 weeks.
Kai Walker wrote:I cannot seem to find the mix ratio for adding the Manure+Humus (bag) to the soil as a percentage. Some sites say you cannot plant directly into that mix while others seem to indicate that you can.
specifically what kind/brand of fertilizer do you plan to use? well made compost tea and diluted urine is good enough for me.
I plan on using some organic tomato fertilizer that has beneficial bacteria in it from the producer
i wouldn't worry too much and suspect there's still lots of good stuff there. not sure about giant no-tend tomatoes but just sprinkle more compost regularly to be sure, mulch, and you'll get decent sized ones.
I want to grow my tomatoes as big as basketballs LOL But without having to babysit them or water constantly like I did last year... I believe that most of the good stuff was cooked out when my hugel was running 130F+ for most of the year (measured about 5 inches down from the surface). I can only imagine how hot it got near or in the core and thus suspect I will be in need of inoculating it. So, your thoughts?
Kai Walker wrote:I added about 4 TONS of used coffee grounds.
130 about 4-5 inches below the surface is HOT for plants.
Imaging how hot it was 2 feet or so down!
My hugel started out about 28 inches high with about 4-6 inches below ground (struck hardpan).
When I get some decent (and free wifi) to use I will upload my pix.
I did reach some spots over 140 too.
Had to water a LOT to keep the thing from possibly catching on fire! lol
Will email scotts earth gro about what the bag says vs what their site says.