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I've been experimenting for years now with various compost and manure teas as ways to stretch fertility across a larger space and have now pretty much settled on a method that works excellently in our gardens.



I switch the inputs in the barrel as they become available. If I chop down some nitrogen-fixing tree branches, I strip off the leaves and add them. When a neighbor is running his cow through the lot behind us, I gather a bucket of fresh manure. If I have Epsom salt, I add it. And of course, urine is always a "go!"

I wouldn't use this on crops I'm going to eat from directly but it works incredibly on corn, squash, pumpkins and beans, both for foliar feeding and for feeding the soil.

When you garden over a large area it makes a lot of sense. I never have enough finished compost for anything but a small space.
 
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Nice video! Thanks for posting this. It makes a lot of sense and I'm going to give it a try!
Do you keep the rotting veg in the 1st barrel and top up with water and vegetation, or do you 'restart' the whole thing when you've used up the liquor?
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Hi Lesley,

I often leave the last foot or so of the previous batch in the bottom of the barrel to get the next batch kick-started. That really seems to make it rot down a lot faster than when I start from scratch.
 
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Rather like sourdough starter! That also makes sense as there'd be a fine brew of assorted microbes ready and willing to go!
Btw thank you for the many resources you make available.
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Yay - love it!

I make this too - usually with the really rank weeds that I don't want to compost, like bindweed and horsetail, but I add whatever else I have. It stinks to high heaven, but the veggies love it

The only thing I would suggest is to add a tap to the original barrel - makes it way easier to get the 'glop' water out of the barrel

 
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David Goodman wrote:Hi Lesley,

I often leave the last foot or so of the previous batch in the bottom of the barrel to get the next batch kick-started. That really seems to make it rot down a lot faster than when I start from scratch.

Precisely.  This inoculates the next batch with the microbes needed to start the new batch brewing.

 
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When I am pulling the spent glop from a barrel I spread it out on a tarp so it will mostly dry out.
Then I add it to a new compost heap, it seems to really help a heap finish out faster and the heat will kill off any pathogens that might be present.
 
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