Create Compost the Lazy Way with Poultry, Slow Bedding and Straw Bales


chicken composters 

Chickens make quick work of composting
Photo by Sheryl Campbell

Compost is black gold! It is the darling of the vegetable gardening community. So much so that people will spend untold hours and lots of back breaking labor creating it. This effort seems justified for an end product that builds the structure of your soil, adds accessible nutrients for your vegetables, and (as top dressing) protects your garden from drought and winter-leaching.

To get it, gardeners spend hours gathering up raw materials, turn the heavy compost-in-the-making frequently with pitchforks, and monitor moisture and temperature so they can adjust the pile as needed.

But there are many ways to make compost, and not all of them require so much work. If you are sold on the benefits of compost for your garden, but are looking for an easier way to have it, read on for some lazy ways of getting to the same end. We long ago gave up cranking compost tumblers, weekly turning of compost piles, and careful formulations of brown-to-green materials. Here on our farm we now employ:

  • Quick Chicken Composting
  • Super Slow Bedding Composting
  • Lazy Garden Composting

Quick Chicken Composting 

This has to be the easiest way to make compost. It’s also the fastest! Make a compost bin right in your chicken yard (or near their coop if they free-range). The result will be perfect compost within about 2 months from spring through fall. These compost piles get hot enough internally to kill weed seeds!

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