Saturday, May 4, 2013

Tater Tire Progress and How To Fill Your Minivan With Horse Manure

Wednesday was an interesting and varied day. In the morning I got to work on the tater tire project with Little Sister and a friend/neighbor who was visiting. The potato plants had grown tall enough for us to be able to add a second tire to the stack. I threw the tire on there and then my two helpers added half-rotted compost to it. They were very careful not to crush the potato plants.

After we got enough compost in there Little Sister watered the mix.

Later in the day I took Little Sister and Brother with me on a manure adventure. We had a conversation like this:
Me: "Who wants to go on a manure adventure??!!"
Them: "MEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!"

Obviously I have trained them well if they think picking up poop is fun. We headed off to get some horse manure from a woman who advertised in the Craigslist free section. What a great way to get rid of your manure! Better yet, most of the manure I got was already well-rotted so I'll be able to put it directly on the garden without risk of burning the plants. I got one plastic tote full of the fresher stuff and I threw that in my compost pile to help heat it up. Since I don't have a pickup truck I just took along a big plastic tote, three 5-gallon buckets, and some empty chicken feed bags. That worked out just great and I managed to not get the van full of manure.


  1. I am still trying to figure out my potato adventure. I have the spuds and the dirt, but I need a container that is mobile. HA! I just Googled and I'm going to try it in a 30 gallon trash bag! I'll keep you informed.

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