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Finishing Deep Litter Bedding for immediate garden use  RSS feed

 
Grace Gierucki
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Hello, it's the end of my first winter of deep litter bedding for the chickens and I have some questions. Aside from the top 3" it's a relatively uniform, broken down VERY heavy and dense compost.  It's a little wetter than I would like (leaky barn that I haven't been able to fix) and so dense that I'm worried about how to add it in to the garden.  I was hoping to use it this spring, my clay soil is desperate, but I'm worried it may still be too hot.  I would be incorporating it directly into beds before planting annuals. The coop smells great, and chickens are healthy but the compost doesn't look like what I'm used too.  Ideas?  Thank you
 
William Bronson
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Try sprouting something in a sample.
If it fails miserably , you'll know it's not ready.
Another alternative is to dig pits ,fill with compost and plant around the pits.
The plant roots can then profit from the compost selectively.
 
James Freyr
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It really doesn't take much compost to have an affect on your soil, and see the results in your plants. Williams idea of seeing if something will germinate in it is a great way to determine if it is still to hot from the nitrogen in the chicken poop. Really just a half inch of quality compost placed on the surface, scratched into the surface with a steel rake, or even lightly tilled into the soil (like if this is poor quality "virgin" soil that really needs help and that has never been used as a garden before) are all methods you can apply. You really don't need vast amounts (like equal parts compost to soil) to make a difference.
 
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