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Horse Manure in a Vegan Garden

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 16:41

Horse manure should be allowed to mature and this can mean from one to several years. My sons horses are in the paddocks all day and do feed on a grain feed and hay at night, when up there a couple of weeks ago he had just taken delivery of £700 of hay, it is not cheap.
Now the natural process of passing through the animal does not kill some of the seed or whatever else could be in it although the rotting down an a steaming heap much hotter than a compost heap over a long period should see it all off.
As to normal compost it must contain some life to help it rot down. Insects worms, good bacteria,  even kelp has been found to contain minute sea creature all living organism which is spread on the garden so it is almost impossible to not harm some form of life not including the foliage, flowers, branches of living things we call plants.
What we eat is personal choice and the plants we grow will only take up the nutrients they need or in some cases, Legumes put it back as Nitrogen. Somewhere along that process we must do harm to some form of life knowingly or not.
My point being our personal beliefs will never be 100% certain in that we get it right. Each time I inadvertantly slice a worm in half with a spade so I can eat Veg I feel it but still eat the veg.
For the picture I eat lots of vegetables and a small amount of meat, that is my belief that we need some foods whether we like it or not.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 11:41

FloBear, having never played on the Albert Hall or ST Paul's organ I would not know although there is a 16 foot and an even smaller one, too loud too long,
Played a two manual pipe organ that had to be pumped by hand, the local Church is a four manual and my own electric, you just press buttons.
Jo, sounds much like a gas valve failure to me, get OH to give it a bang with something see if he can bump it free, (the silver cylinder on the control box).

Better go turn the roasties, they are in with an onion and clove of garlic to make the gravy.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 10:29

Grey skies looking at me,
Nothing but grey skies can I see
Grey skies looking so dour
Anytime now due for a shower

Well may we ask what happened to the sun
Picnics and jollies time for some fun
Summer the time when we get some heat
The hot spot today is cooking the meat

Repeat Verse in key of C, or if on the Church organ put the locks in for Thunder, you will not need the Celeste stop.

They should write a song about it???

Beef today Aberdeen Angus, it had a long walk.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 10:39

Maud, the box says tomorrow mixed although our lot last night said do not make any plans to picnic.
Stockton is sunny says the box and it is, blue sky all round, a golden glow over "Rains" hills and a nice day for planting bulbs. I need visit the GC but not on a Saturday it is a mad house and they are filling the places with "dare I say it" Christmas stuff (silent scream). Monday or Tuesday will do fine I will be able to move around looking. There are some bare patches in the garden after the last two weeks clean up, some new herbs to go in I took cuttings but plenty of bulbs in pots as well, I have given up on the forced bulbs although my old Amaryllis will be resurrected.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 21:20

She was old HCF, they would recover fat bones and skin, a lot of fats went into soap along with Soda ash to make those huge solid blocks of Sunlight.
That is what I understood happened to old cattle, Probably why Uncle Arthur would not part with favourite old cows, they would go into a well padded byre stall as foster mothers.
It was the young male calves I always felt sorry for they had a very short life.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 20:14

After our cloudy interlude at three the sun came out and as I put the car up the drive the sun in the west was blinding me.
You sound a lot more chipper now Joe in your self, the lawn will get done it is slowing down now.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 20:10

Chris, the cow would not have gone into the human food chain although her bones would have been used in glue or ground up for fertiliser.
David 99% of the rabbits we ate were wild although saying that we did have a hutch of tame rabbits until the pigs ate them.
Welly Hill Farm had two warrens swarming with rabbits, Billy and I would go up with a shot gun I had a .22 and would get some for the pot, or slip the Ferret into a hole and net what we thought the exits not always right.
Dad had a heavy catapult and could bring down more rabbits with that than we could with the guns,
I would sit there with former pliers and a tub of molten lead, pour lead in the hole and quench in cold water file off the tail and one perfectly round shot for the catapult, he would come back with a couple of pairs hanging on the back of the cab, he said all the fleas dropped off on the way home. He could sell what we did not want, there was always a sale for meat.
The butchers with rabbits hung them outside with the skins on as the house wives would not buy them otherwise, we always said a cat with its skin off looks just like a rabbit.
It was war time after all.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 14:52

Maud, I suppose it depends on which is you best side?? If they had given you some bare faced cheek you could have sacked them!!

Stockton partly cloud we are told, so where did the sunshine come from we have had right up until now 15:00 hours? One wash dry but the other wash I did not risk so is in the drying cupboard.
Out to lunch and now it is feet up until tea time, why? because I deserve it, the garden will be there tomorrow and does not need me as much as it did, things are going back and the last green-waste collection on Thursday so a couple of busy days coming up.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 14:43

Yes HFC they did indeed harrow the field, with horses, a couple of Percheron's, apparently there were lots of them around, well we had Cleveland's and Clydesdale's.
The cooler also had filters which were put in fresh each milking and we had to empty the machine churn into the filter so we could milk the next cow there was not one for each cow as they have today.
I watched them milking now with those raised stalls to make it easy for slipping the suckers on and think, well we got cow muck on our trousers they will get it head to foot from a great height.
They are getting a lot of marginal things into the programme and not concentrating on the gut busting hard work that went into every day farming, as we walked up to bring the cows down in summer we knew they all had to be milked and back in the fields before we had breakfast, plus of course hosing everything down and cleaning churns cooler and the milking harness, that was just the start to the day.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 11:14

Muvs they do say everyone has a book in them, write your thoughts down and file them when enough memories are in the file start to join it all up. I have several thick files hidden away and if something suddenly comes back to me, like the vivid memory brought on by the evacuee part of the Wartime farm I write it down.
Last nights Farm was not something I knew, the Lister pump and the milking machines yes but I am sure we stroked the teat with petroleum jelly so the sucker would slip on, the suction held it. The milk was filtered cooled and put in Churns which went to the farm gate and onto a platform so the collector could slide them onto his truck, They were big things I could handle an empty one but full was beyond me. A word of caution watching last night an angry cow can kick forward with her hind leg and it hurts as much as a kick from a horse, hence we stroked them and talked calmly when working at the back end.
Never knew they grew Flax in this country, we are surrounded by Docks and at that time they were in the middle of Stockton so Flax came on boats and went to the rope makers around.
We did hear stories although knew of no one put off their land, they say 2000 were put off so it must be right.
My MIL had one of those washers for years, when we got our washer a Goblin which heated the water stirred the clothes but you had to wring with a hand wringer on the machine, MIL said hers was better, we went up through twin tubs and on to Modern machines before she finally relented.
They were correct about the horses, more horses than tractors that was true for our area, we still had carters into the 1950's some would not give them up for those stink machines called trucks.
Did not fancy Ruth's cheese, I have a feeling Renate was involved somewhere in the making of cheese?


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