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Yesterday I got a load of cow manure and a load of black dirt as well as more leaf rakings.

Along with the kichen waste (kept away from the rodents in a barrel) I finished off 2 piles of compost.

Another layer each of kitchen waste, leaves, manure and black dirt.

We’ve been cleaning, clipping and raking, and dumping the refuse in the compost area.  

Coarse matterial goes here at insect heaven 

I got a load of aged manure from Farmer Ericsson.   

Black dirt 

And an old falling-apart bale of flax straw for mulch.  

Now, I’m pretty much set up for the coming growing season. I even sowed a row of spinach the other day, just to see what will happen. 

Some more kitchen scraps, potato peels, garden scraps, cow manure and black dirt are layered on one of this years composts. 

  
  
Top it off with leaves and it’s ready for two years of fermentation.  

I’ve been meaning to write about my compost but the pictures never turn out good enough. It’s probably because the area becomes rank and neglected this time of year. Here are some bad ones anyway.

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Here is the long pile in the process of growing. We pile just about anything organic on in random layers. Like: kitchen waste, garden waste, leaves and twigs, non-invasive weeds, green manure, animal manure, black dirt, and a little of the likes of rock powder, seaweed, bone meal etc.

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I have a two year system of composting. This one is in its second year. It will be turned over for airation soon and then put out onto the gardens in the spring. I have the two year system so that I don’t have to turn it over all the time (speading it up).

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This also means it can become neglected. As you can see in the pictures, pumpkins, potatoes, flowers and weeds grow from seeds that have survived and can take over during the summer. Some can be eaten the rest goes into the next compost. The fall turnover takes place after the frost kills off these plants.

The main ingredients of the compost are leaves, corn and pumpkin plants with manure or black dirt to balance it off. After two years it becomes a course loamy compost presumably rich in nutrients but appreciated mainly for it’s soil improvement qualities.

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We call it black dirt.

This is snother important resource found on this farm along with the clay soil, sand, gravel, stones, wood and lumber. There is a boggy area that once was a lake and wetland where we get peat for the acid loving plants such as the rhododendrons. Nearby there is an area of black dirt.

The farm owner Magnus brings me a tracktor scoup when I need some, which is all the time. It is a fantastic fertlizer and soil improver. I try to make as much compost as possible, but its never enough, so I complement the compost with black dirt. I also include it in the compost.

I should have it analysed, but by experience we know that it works. I haven’t been able to figure out what it is and how it came to be, but It seems to be peat that has become further broken down. Maybe someday it will become oil.

I have to leep it covered in storage because it’s full of weed seeds which will quickly take over and make it difficult to use. The main use is to spread it out in the fields in the spring along with the compost.