I have access to both composted manures (horse, goat, cow and chicken) and fully composted wood (wood dirt). Is one significantly better than the other? I can get the wood compost delivered for free to my driveway, but will have to drive an hour and shovel/haul the manure compost. Thanks for any advice!
Well mixing both 50:50 would really be the absolute best. I understand not wanting to drive an hour with manure in the back.
So if composted wood is what you have, let’s start there. I would not turn down this free material. If I had an abundance of composted wood, I would want to make raised beds and fill with the aged wood. To get some fertility going I would plant some legumes to pump in nitrogen. Further, I would want to get some fungi growing such as wine caps or oyster mushrooms, though given how degraded the wood already is, I don’t know if those would take off.
Ultimately I would try to make the wood into soil by adding in the biological components of soil, many of which are certainly already present.
If i put more thought into it i might look at the end use. Like using the wood based compost on trees and perrenials and grass/manure based compost on annuals and grasses.
I often get confused in the microbiome side of things. If i am correct, woody plants tend to be more fungal based and softer plants are more bacterial based. It would make sense that the compost from it would be also.
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posted 9 months ago
Thank you both for your thoughts! I wasn't sure if all compost was created equal, and will ultimately go with the wood dirt and put my time/effort into the million other things needing my time and labor!!
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