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Post  dreamingoutloud on 4/4/2011, 7:10 pm

My hubby has a freind who bought a small farm a few years ago. He cleaned out the barns... dug a big pit , piled it in, and burnt it. It burnt to about half it size. Is this compost any good?? Also how old does compost need to be to be called compost?



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Post  Old Hippie on 4/4/2011, 7:25 pm

I am curious as to why he would burn it? While that may get rid of any pathogens, it would also get rid of nutrients, I would think but I don't know. Anyway, I would put it in my compost bin in fall, leave it over the winter with everything else I add to it, and as I turn it and it gets mixed in with everything else, I would then use it in the early summer. But that is just me. Others may have different ideas.

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Post  dreamingoutloud on 4/4/2011, 7:30 pm

I have no idea why he burnt it. I have never heard of it. It was burnt 2 years ago. I was hoping to maybe ( if it is ok) to use it in my SFG this year.
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Post  Old Hippie on 4/4/2011, 8:14 pm

Weird! Not accounting sometimes for why people do the things they do. I would use it this year. But I am not sure how much nutrients will be in it. I would be sure to add the other four kinds that you need for sure. Best of luck.

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Post  Goosegirl on 4/4/2011, 9:34 pm

@dreamingoutloud wrote:My hubby has a freind who bought a small farm a few years ago. He cleaned out the barns... dug a big pit , piled it in, and burnt it. It burnt to about half it size. Is this compost any good?? Also how old does compost need to be to be called compost?



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Maybe he was trying to make some form of bio-char? Organic Gardening had a really good article on bio-char a few issues ago. I don't know if this is what he was trying to achieve, but I can't think of any other reason for burning the stuff.

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