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      Stupid gardening question.

      I have a ton of old chicken and goat bedding, straw and hay, only partially composted. I also have a ton of dirt that they have peed and pooped into. For the goat area, they tend to use a particular area for most of this activity, so much so that the dirt is a yellow orange color.

      My question is, instead of putting it all off to the side and composting it, can I just put it around the raised beds both to warm the soil and provide an extended composting area or will that adversely affect the vegetable garden? In other words, why am I moving this stuff from one place to another when I could just eventually wind up with a huge garden? Or is that too rich? Am I overthinking this?

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      I think you would need to compost it. I know, not what you wanted to hear. Especially from an area of concentrated urine there will be a high ammonia content.
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      Quote Originally Posted by POPTOP View Post
      I think you would need to compost it. I know, not what you wanted to hear. Especially from an area of concentrated urine there will be a high ammonia content.
      Good point. I need to separate out what's farther along. Too much of a good thing but hard to complain.

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      We have used straw in the way you ask about. The commercial strawberry grower nearby does too. But we got a lot of weeds out of uncomposted straw/manure.
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      Id probably compost it. I have had that kind of stuff kill plants

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      Compost it. Too acidic and will burn plants.

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      I think I'm going to do a compost pile in the goat pen. There's plenty of room and they don't go into one corner anyway. Once I start digging, I'll probably find much of it composted anyway. I got really behind last year. That's a lot of stuff.

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