Compost Hot Beds

Two weeks ago we prepared our compost hot beds in the greenhouse. Compost hot beds are essentially layers of horse manure and leaves. As the manure and leaves decompose, they give off heat and carbon dioxide, both of which are beneficial for recently germinated seedlings. We will continue to add layers of manure, leaves, and a little bit of water throughout the spring to keep up the composting action. When the composting process is done we will have a great soil amendment to use on the farm!

Kirk C. moving horse manure for the compost hot beds

Kirk C. moving horse manure for the compost hot beds

The composting material is held with some spare polycarbonate siding under our potting benches

The composting material is held with some spare polycarbonate siding under our potting benches

Half-full compost hot bed

Half-full compost hot bed

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This is the temperature of our compost hot beds on March 5

This is the temperature of our compost hot beds on March 5

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