Friday, April 28, 2017

Managing Manure

Y'all heard from our Manure Manager a few weeks ago.
He announced that he was working his way towards retirement...
which he is... gradually.
Each week he is spending more and more time on the farm.


His time on the farm is full these days...
taking care of managing our berry patches and orchards...
replacing dead plants with new and nurturing them into maturity.


One job that he takes quite seriously, and scientifically,
is managing our manure!


He keeps track of the temperature of an active pile of compost...
aiming for a brief period of high temperatures to kill weed seeds,
and then a prolonged period of temperatures within the green zone...
to allow for beneficial microbes to turn the manure and organic matter 
into rich dark compost that can be used as fertilizer.


When the temperature drops below the green zone, he uses the tractor and turns the pile
to make it more active again... and back up goes the temperature.
By the time a pile is completely cured, there is no odor to it and it is rich in earthworms.

One thing I must say about my hubby is that he always gives every job his very best.
He researches and searches for the "best way" and works tirelessly to implement it.
I am a very lucky woman to be married to someone that I admire so greatly!
And that's no sh*&!

I also wanted to show you the upper entrance to our farm.


We planted flowering crabapple trees along the lane (Bee Haven Lane) a few years ago,
and at this time of year they are just breathtaking!


Beauty must always be shared!
Have a great and beautiful weekend!

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Our peach and cherry trees are in full bloom - such a welcome sight!

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  2. What a lovely post for your man :) I am lucky that I have one of those kind of men too! I haven't taken the temperature of my muck (yet) but given how much we produce, maybe we should! Thanks for the beautiful photo, stunning.

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  3. Always the scientist, eh? Its plain that he believes in doing things right. Glad he is finding fulfillment in his duties.

    Gorgeous entrance! Who wouldn't want to live there? ;0D
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  4. Living life to the fullest.....when you can be enthralled by a pile of poop!!
    The upper entrance looks so inviting.
    Have a great weekend. Xoxo

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  5. Team Bee Haven makes it happen!
    And now, Blueberries too!!

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  6. He sounds so much like my dad...only my father never had anything to temp check other than by 'feel' He taught agriculture at Penn State years and years and years ago. xo Diana

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  7. He's been managing manure for a long time now...just a different kind!! Always the scientist..Your trees are lovely..Have a nice weekend..

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  8. diane in northern wisApril 28, 2017 at 9:11 PM

    Such beauty leading into your farm....love your pink trees....so gorgeous indeed! How wonderful that your hubby takes such great care of the compost....no wonder things grow the way they do on your farm!....plus, of course, your careful nurturing of everything! Have a great weekend!

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  9. An American in TokyoApril 30, 2017 at 9:44 PM

    Beautiful flowering trees!
    And such a wonderful husband you have!

    If you know of any like him, please send them my way! lol

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