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Joanna Hoyt – Here’s How Smart Homesteaders Avoid Cleaning Out Manure

Winter is coming, and for those of us who live in snowy climates the task of cleaning our barns and chicken coops is about to get more complicated. One solution is simply to stop cleaning out over the winter and try the deep-litter bedding approach. You’re probably already covering the floor of your stalls and coops with some kind of …

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Dick Melvin – Why You Should Never, Ever ‘Turn’ A Compost Pile Again

Many experts insist that in order to make good compost, it must be turned regularly, but is that really the case? Consider: When leaves fall each autumn and dead trees topple over in hardwood forests, is that decaying matter turned over? No, it just sits there turning into rich leaf mold. A common myth is that you cannot make good …