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post #1 of 4 Old 04-09-2013, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Composting question

I'm not to sure what to put this question.

I'm bring my 3 horses home and i only have about an acre or two and I plan on picking up the horse manure at least once a day from the field. I'm not really sure what to do with the horse manure, no one around here wants it and we don't have any where near by we can dump it. So we are only left with composting it. I have read a bunch about composting and I know I can do it. But I saw at lowes, and home depot and menards and walmart they sell composting bins. Can I put horse manure in one of those? (i added a link to one at menards) I would get 3 or 4 of them and even more if i needed to. I would just much rather use something like that then making one.

90 Galllon Standing Compost Bin at Menards
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Check out Missy's posts in the last 5 or 6 pages of the "how does your garden grow?" Thread. Great tips for turning it into worm castings, something people would pay for!
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Those aren't going to work. One horse generates about 50# of waste per day. More if you bed stalls and they waste hay. That's about 15 cubic feet of waste per day per horse. You would also have to scoop everything out of the wheelbarrow into the tumbler which is going to be painfully labor intensive. You will also have yard and house waste that you will add to the mixture as well. You could easily fill one tumbler in a day. Just build yourself 2 4x8 bins somewhere close but out of sight. One that's curing and one you're working into. If your small pasture area is closed for a period of time, you can also just spread it out fresh. Spread it as thin as possible and give it a month to work into the soil.
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Google "O2 compost". That seems to be a very do-able solution.
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