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manure vs composted cow shit
    #712860 - 06/30/02 09:20 AM (21 years, 11 months ago)

whats the difference between fresh cow shit and composted manure?

and where can i get both od these.....please help

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Re: manure vs composted cow shit [Re: jalfonso]
    #713803 - 06/30/02 05:42 PM (21 years, 11 months ago)

fresh cow shit comes out a cow's ass.

compost is a mixture of cow shit and straw and such.....that has been made up in a process.

Example of compost below.

bluhoney's compost recipie:
Heres an easy recipie for good mushroom compost:
1 bale of wheat straw
50 pounds of horse manure
5 pounds of gypsum
1 box of compost activator
To prepare compost, the straw must be soaked for several days until it just about, but not quite, squeezes water out in your hands. The compost pile is then built by stacking alternating layers of straw, activator, manure and gypsum until all the materials are used up.
In about 48 hours the heap will begin to generate heat and will sink somewhat in height. By the fourth to sixth day the temperature in the interior of the pile should reach 160?F (71?C). Temperatures of up to 160?F are due to thermophilic organisms. Temperatures over 170?F are due to chemical bonds being broken as well as other chemical reactions. Temperatures over 160?F are undesirable. After the pile reaches a peak temperature the temp will then begin to fall and the pile should be turned. The pile is turned by moving the middle half third to the bottom, the top and sides to the middle, and the bottom to the top. If any parts appear excessively dry, water should be sprinkled on those parts at this time. There should be no need to add any water after the first turn.

The heap will again heat up and be ready for a second turn after six more days. It should now be turning a rich brown color. With the second turn, no water should be given unless there are very dry patches - wet sparingly. One more turn should complete the mixing but if the temp (peak) is above 130?F a fourth turn may be necessary, (some authors recommend even another turn). If on the final turn the compost is too wet or has a greasy appearance, more gypsum may be added.

When done, the pile should be brown to gold in color, open in texture, and have a rich humus smell. The straw should break readily when twisted, and the compost should be just moist enough to bind together when squeezed in the hand. Initially the compost will have an alkaline pH. When mature and ready for inoculation the pH should be between 7.0 and 8.0. The heating of the compost has pasteurized the compost by the action of the thermophilic organisms. These organisms will not grow at the lower temperature at which mycelium grows. With proper composting the resulting compost will be free from competing organisms. Insects in all their forms will be absent from the medium and the rapid growth of the thermophilic composters will have also eliminated bacterial and fungal competitors.
As for the sandwich technique, yes use a weight that does not cover the entire surface of the tray. Use a milk grate or similiar. This will give enough pressure to hold the layers together. If you cut the straw into 1 inch pieces, you donot need to weight the layers down.

You can get cow shit from a farm or dairy.
Good quality compost is hard to find in a store......but i hear that Black Cow brand is ok.....some people add cow shit to it.

good luck!

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