Instead of getting into a realm that exceeds the subject of this thread, I've started a new thread over in the soil forum where I will go through the how to get the soil organisms where we want them in the quantities we need them.
This new thread is called "getting the biology we want into our soil".
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Bryant RedHawk wrote:hau Annie, the cow dun preparation can be done either buried or not buried. If you are going to use the mason jar in the same manner as you would with the "traditional" cow horn, you just dig your trench and set it upside down as if the jar was a horn, then bury it for the required 6 months.
If you are going to use my "set it on a shelf" method, you need to make the rim (from the top edge of the jar (shoulder of the jar that is the start of the "mouth")) the soil fill area, that is, the manure is packed in to the shoulder then the remaining jar section is filled with rich soil and this is moistened before the lid is screwed on loosely. Then just set it on a shelf (preferably out of the light, or as much as possible out of the light), check it in 6 weeks but usually mine sits for 8 weeks before use. Hope that helps you out.
I am able to make a full picture of the process now. Thank you!