Friday, August 18, 2017

The Sky Park Revisited

Wednesday's post reminded me of another low-energy technique for managing garden waste. Small sticks left from mulching with a power mower break down quickly when handled like medieval stable waste. Back in the day, stalls were mucked out every morning and the debris spread out in the courtyard formed by outbuildings. Cattle were let out into the yard, and their hooves quickly reduced straw bedding and animal waste into a homogeneous mass that presumably could easily be spread onto soil.

I tried this technique as soon as I learned about it, picking up the small wood that makes sheet compost look untidy and laying the sticks on the routes local kids used to charge around the garden. Their lack of hooves did not significantly delay breaking down the debris into usable compost -30-

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