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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:56 pm
Joined: Mon Jan 23, 2006 4:55 pmPosts: 217Location: Central NY
Does HM ever get TOO old to use in a compost pile?
Mickey2



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:00 pm
Joined: Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:51 pmPosts: 307Location: Alaska
Hi Mickey
Not to my knowledge.
Old probably means the nitrogen is gone, so:
If it's old & dried out, wet it & use it as the "browns".
Mix some fresh grass clippings, hay etc (greens) with it.



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 9:01 pm
Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:02 pmPosts: 1927Location: PNW
I think it depends on where you live to some extent. I once had the head of a master gardners group tell us not to use it if it has been sitting around for a long time. Some creature inhabits it that makes it so plants can't grow. It was over 25 years ago, so I don't recall all the details, just remembered not to use it. The person who told us was very knowledgeable about all things to do with gardening. I'll have to do a search on it some day and see if I can find the info.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:43 pm
Joined: Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:08 pmPosts: 187Location: Zone 5
Well, this is interesting. I would never even have thought of it. Does that just apply to horse manure, or steer, chicken etc etc, too?



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:20 am
Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:02 pmPosts: 1927Location: PNW
I don't remember if it was strictly horse m., but it seems like it was. I might have my notes from that class, but heaven only knows where. I'll look around some tomorrow and see if I can find the info.


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