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Post  TNgardener on 1/16/2015, 10:57 am

My compost (its not soil, it is still just compost, and its 100% organic also) is 'fluffy' and as I start to fill it my 12 x 4 bed I made, and looking at what I have available, I was wondering if I should use the mushroom soil, mixed with some rabbit manure and hay as the bulk of my filler dirt?  I have worm castings, about 100 pounds, but I like to use that near the top, mixed with rabbit manure, potting soil and mushroom compost, as the first thing the plants get, and never as a filler dirt.

I was thinking about mixing some sand in there, to help with the drainage a bit, or some regular potting soil, but my mushroom compost still has horse manure showing in it (albeit, halfway composed).

Once I fill it up, I will put plastic sheets over the bed, and keep them shut down for a while, until about a week before I use them.

Just looking for some advice on this.  Layer the compost, or mix it all together.  Last year I Layered, and got good results,

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Post  meatburner on 1/16/2015, 11:37 am

TN, either way you go will be fine.  If layering worked well before, you might want to stick with that.  JMO   I wouldn't cover it with plastic though but let the element naturally work on the soil.  Is there a reason you are thinking using plastic?

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Post  TNgardener on 1/16/2015, 11:46 am

Well, here in TN, we don't get snow, but LOTS of rain in the winter, so I did not want nutrient loss, also some of the rabbit manure has hay in it also, and was trying to kill the seeds off, which seem to be trying to grow in there, even in  35 degree weather...lol

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Post  meatburner on 1/16/2015, 11:54 am

Oh yes, those hardy weeds.  I was concerned about the plastic getting so hot it would kill the micro organisms in the soil and not just the weed seeds.  Maybe do what you are suggesting but don't add that nutrient rich top layer until the plastic is removed.  Do you think that might work?

PS:  Beautiful country down your way.

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Post  camprn on 1/16/2015, 12:11 pm

Please don't use the hay unless it was composted. Hay tends to have a lot of seeds in it.

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Post  TNgardener on 1/16/2015, 12:22 pm

the hay comes with the rabbit manure.   its the small scraps that fall out of their bin, that they get free fed.  

My rabbits eat about 50-60% hay almost, as its very god for their digestive system.   So, some of that hay finds its ahy into their bins.  90% of that is not with seeds, its just the small pieces that fall thru the wire, but some does have seeds, and it cant be helped, and I don't compost my rabbit manure usually.  

When I was young my parents composted lots of things, but never rabbit poo, said it was too good to compost.

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Post  camprn on 1/16/2015, 12:31 pm

Bunny poo can be use directly in the garden it will not burn the plants. It is certainly valuable in the compost pile as any compost you make will be ultimately going in to your garden as well, I presume... Good luck with your garden.


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Post  Kelejan on 1/17/2015, 12:41 pm

@meatburner wrote:Oh yes, those hardy weeds.  I was concerned about the plastic getting so hot it would kill the micro organisms in the soil and not just the weed seeds.  Maybe do what you are suggesting but don't add that nutrient rich top layer until the plastic is removed.  Do you think that might work?

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I'm sure that when the black plastic has done its job, and then removed, the micro-organisms will return.  As the saying goes, Nature abhors a vacuum and the added nutrients will hasten the make over.

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Post  camprn on 1/17/2015, 5:18 pm

I believe clear plastic will yield better results for solarization.

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74145.html

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Post  sanderson on 1/17/2015, 8:11 pm

@camprn wrote:I believe clear plastic will yield better results for solarization.

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74145.html

At least that is what this university paper indicates.  I liken it to using clear plastic or glass in making a solar oven.

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