COVERING MANURE HEAP TO KEEP RAIN OFF – 1ST wk in December 2014

Thanks to Willie Kelly from Killinick up the road for delivering 4 loads of beautiful horse manure from Dara Ward’s stables in the Sanctuary, Killinick. After a couple of weeks, the grass growth atop the manure heap was spectacular.

The grass growth prompted me to cover the heap fully with builders’ plastic sheeting quickly. Nicky Kyle and Kathy Marsh, two organic growing friends from Fingal, have reminded me from time to time to cover manure and manured ground, to avoid the rain leaching away the goodness.

In this virtual peninsula in the very South East of Ireland we get strong winds coming from the Caribbean  and heading for Wales, so tying down plastic sheeting is crucial. Old carpet and rope serve

Weighing down the plastic sheeting with old carpet before fixing ropes to secure the whole covered manure heap.

Weighing down the plastic sheeting with old carpet which has then been tied in place with ropes to rainproof the whole covered manure heap.

useful purposes to weigh down the plastic and prevent ropes from cutting in to the plastic itself.

So far so good. The compost is staying fairly dry and friable and is easy to dig out.

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