how much manure does a mini make?
Posted 27 January 2010 - 05:03 PM
I wont have farm equiiptment or a place to spread it, but I do want to start a small garden and try composting.
My question is, how much manure do 2 minis produce in a given amount of time? I'm sure mini donk vs mini horse is close enough- wont worry about that difference. During the spring/summer/fall I can use the compost on my garden / give it away to other gardeners. What about the winter time? In a 4-6 month period how big of a pile of poop will i have while composting? How big of an area will I have to make into a compost? And once its all done, how much will be left?
I want to have minis but not if I am going to have to have a 5 foot high, 10 foot wide pile of poop around all year.
Posted 27 January 2010 - 06:01 PM
When I piled it up in a remote corner of our small 1/2 acre plot, in about 6 months the pile was approx 5ft dia X 3 ft hi. It did compost down on it's own over 9 months and now is just a bump.
If you have a garbage collector that would take it with your household trash that would be ideal. The farther away you get it from your place the better.
If you are going to compost it you would probably not use it all, and still need a way to deal with the excess. I can't help much with the composting part. I do know, if done right, it's not as easy as some would have you belive.
Hope that helps a little! Good Luck!
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Coco Puff Mini Molly Mule
Posted 28 January 2010 - 06:48 AM
Posted 28 January 2010 - 09:43 AM
If you have a spot for garden, spread it there over winter, till it in. You can do a couple patches -- one for this yr use and one for next. This way it will be working into the soil for you and a place to put it. Search "composting manure" and you will find lots of info on "how to". Yep, it's work but, can be very useful.
I have several gardeners who appreciate this contribution to their lots Some come get it, others I take to them (only a couple special ones!). A few yrs back I had a guy who loved to garden, always more than he wanted/needed. Worked a deal -- I shoveled and he plowed -- I got the dry apples up into a container, he came and got, used and shared from his garden!!!!!!
That's the best one!
We love them all, prefer them small
Posted 28 January 2010 - 12:59 PM
Posted 28 January 2010 - 01:12 PM