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...dry compost ingredients?
Please let me explain our problem. We have been trying to make a compost pile out of chicken manure from our hen house along with two truck loads of shredded dry leaves that our cousin gave us. We mix the dry manure with the dry shredded leaves and then we try to wet them down because the compost pile needs to be moist. Even though we water the pile when we apply a layer of only 4", we can not get the leaves or the manure to absorb the water. The top gets wet, but it is bone dry and dusty if you turn the pile. This stuff just won't get wet...not even damp! We put manure in a container filled with water and stirred it. It did get wet, but this is tedious and very impractical when working with such large quantities. Any ideas of how to moisten these ingredients as we are making the pile? I thought of putting dish detergent in a miracle gro applicator (proportioner) as a wetting agent, but as all the dish detergents are now anti-bacterial, I thought that this might hamper the piles decomposition process. ???
Please help! There has just got to be a way to wet this stuff other than in a cauldron. LOL
Thanking You in Advance,
Ron and Gloria