Garden/Chicken question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Alleychick, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Alleychick

    Alleychick Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    Hey guys i'm doing the deep littler method and am loving it... but can i just dump it on my garden or am i missing a step. I plan on cleaning and clearing the coop out 3 x's a year. Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. jhill1440

    jhill1440 In the Brooder

    Feb 7, 2008
    Central Texas
    Do not dump directly on garden beds. It needs to be composted down. There are bacteria in the litter that can contaminate the vegetables. The risk is slight but not worth it. Look up composting techniques and find one that you like. After it is composted it will be a great amendment to your soil.

  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    If the litter is nice and aged at the bottom of your DLM, then you can compost it in. If it's still fresh and "hot" it can burn your roots of the plants.
  4. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Well... I can tell you what happened to us this year when we just dumped our spring clean out (I, too, use the DLM) directly into the garden. It killed everything! Nothing grew... even weeds. I found out that the pine shavings were too acidic for my soil. I need to compost my shavings for at least a year before adding them to my garden in the future. Now, I have to fix my soil for my garden next year.

    Now, depending on where you live that may not be an issue for you. So, you need to find out if your soil is alkaline or acidic to start with and that will help you make your decision on when to add the shavings.
  5. Alleychick

    Alleychick Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    Oh dear... do i need to buy a composter or are there other alternatives. I'd really like the composte for my punkins.
  6. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Don't go out and buy a composter, just dump it on the ground and let the rain and sun soften and neutralize it a little. Turn it now and again and just use small amounts in thin layers when adding to your garden. Shouldn't be a problem then. I just sprinkle mine right onto the edges of my garden and let the rain filter it into the soil in the middle of the beds.

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