Composting horse manure is one way to make some great compost for your garden. There are three ways to compost horse manure.
One: Make hot compost with pure horse manure
Two: Make hot compost using horse manure and fallen tree leaves
Three: Till in the horse manure into the soil.
We will talk about all three methods mention above.
Composting Horse Manure – Method #1
Making hot compost from horse manure along with some straw or hay bedding is an easy way to create some great compost. As you clean the stalls out simply take the manure and hay or straw and make a pile in the spot that you have chosen and start piling it up. While you are piling the manure up water it well as you add the layers. Now the pile needs to be at least 3 feet wide by 3 feet deep and 3 feet tall, this is the smallest size a pile should be and this is good for one horse.
As you make one pile and it reaches it full size make another pile next to it to start a new pile. I would suggest making the piles out of the reach of your horse they might kick your piles up and make a mess for you. You should turn and water the compost pile at least twice a week this will help to ad air to the compost pile and speed up the composting process.
After about two weeks the pile should cool down to around 90 degrees after that it will not heat up real hot again. Let it set for about six to eight weeks and it will be ready for the garden.
Composting Horse Manure – Method #2
Composting horse manure and using your fall tree leaves, this method makes some great compost. You will need to shred the leaves and manure this will help to break down the fibers in the leaves and speed up the composting process.
Once you have your material shredded up water everything down real well no dry spots the leaves will turn real dark in color once they have been water well. Mix about 50 percent manure and 50 percent shredded leaves in a pile about 3 feet wide and 3 feet deep and 3 feet tall any smaller than this and the pile will not heat right. The first time that I made a pile like this it heated up to around 130 to 140 degrees in the center and that was hot.
Just keep in mind the piles have to be at least 3 wide x 3 deep x 3 tall to heat up correctly. You can make them much larger if you like, for instance if you have a small tractor with a front end loader this will save you a lot of work. When you make a lot of compost from horse manure you can sell it or give it away to gardeners or use it in your own garden.
Composting Horse Manure – Method #3
This is the easiest way to compost horse manure just till it into the soil about 6 to 8 weeks before planting time. The only thing bad about this there will be weed seeds that the horse eats from the hay that you give them. The weed seeds will end up growing in your garden. By hot composting the horse manure mention above is that this will kill weed seeds when the temperature gets as high as 130 to 140 degrees inside the pile.
Composting horse manure is not that hard to do and understanding the best ways to compost the manure will give you a better understanding of where to start.
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