We make our compost with cow and sheep manure from our farm and locally sourced, chemical-free hay or straw. We turn the substrate five times to create a uniform product. Our compost reaches 140 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce weed seed. These high temperatures incite the carbon of the hay to grab onto the nitrogen from the manure which provides a slower release than just straight manure. Our compost provides short and long-term nutrition.
Well made compost aides in microbial growth, improves soil aeriation and assists in soil water retention. Think of the soil as an ecosystem; microbial growth is essential in building and keeping this system healthy. Microbes break down organic matter, thus making these nutrients available to roots. In order for the microbes and other organisms to flourish they need oxygen. As microbes, worms, beetles and other beneficial organisms break the compost down, they aerate the soil by leaving pockets and tunnels of air space. Roots grow in these spaces. If plants didn’t need aeriation we would grow sweet corn in a parking lot.
Soil water retention is essential in the Rocky Mountains. Compost absorbs and retains water, shades the soil and acts as a blanket of protection against drying elements. A well composted garden reduces the need to irrigate as frequently, thus saving on energy costs.
Compost is available spring and fall. We sell by the cubic foot. Pick up at the farm or request a delivery.