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Sugestion on project
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kraig WY    Posted 05-17-2002 at 16:35:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Need opions if this is worth while.
Part I: Long before I bought this place someone put a large earthen dam to keep flash floods from washing the place away. It catches a lot of water but the ground doesn't hold water so I end up with a ever increasing supply of neighbors (and National Forest) top soil, which I have been giving away.
Part II. Because of being a small place and too many critters I end up with a hugh mountain of "stuff" I clean out of the corral. Which I also have been giving away.
Several people tell me I should mix the two and sell it. Not being known as a horticultruest, I don't know how much of each product to mix with the other. If its worth anything, or how much. I can load it (got two tractors w/FIL) but I don't want to get into the gaggle of hauling what with CDL,s insurance & stuff.
So would this project be worth the effert to supplement my hay cost or a waste of time.

TB    Posted 05-18-2002 at 17:08:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know a guy that will hull old manure piles in just to mix to his topsoil piles. After he gets a manure pile composted down good he mixes it with the soil pile. This gives him really nice rich looking topsoil. That he has no problem getting a premium price for.

Greg VT    Posted 05-18-2002 at 11:23:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Down in the big city (at least by Vermont standards) of Burlington there is an organization who built a profitable business around doing that.
Somehow they manage to work both sides... They charge local restaurants and the local medical center to bring down their waste food scraps, they charge some area chicken and horse farms for taking their "waste", they even charge the Ben & Jerry's ice cream plant to dump their waste. They "allow" residents of the area to bring down their yard waste. They pile it all up in long rows, turn it over once or twice and sell it for FORTY BUCKS a yard to gardeners.

WallSal55    Posted 05-18-2002 at 06:19:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would sell the topsoil if possible to gardeners, sell by the load. On the other hand, I know I would rather see if there's
an alternative to the earthen dam. I would hate
to live in fear of a big washout. Contact drainage commission, county agents for help. tilers, etc.

scooterhead    Posted 05-18-2002 at 04:21:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Around here , S.E. Indiana they sell it for 20 bucks a bobcat scoop , It takes 3 to fill up a full size pickup .

REDNECKMATT    Posted 05-17-2002 at 17:58:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The 25% soil to 75% stuff mix sound abought right. To do a good composting job you need some soil for the micro organizams that are in the dirt to break down the stuff. I have a huge pile that I mix my stuff from the stalls, kitchen scraps, wood chips, old hay, grass clipping, leaves, garden waste, and anything else that will rott. I like to start a new pile every summer with a load of wood chips from when the power company trims the power line the bring me all I want, usualy 2 loads is plenty. Then just keep thowing stuff on it, and turn it once a month or so with the skid loader. I make my pile in the pasture so the goats can clime on it. That helps add to the pile plus the turn it by climbing on it. I never sold any of it but give some to friends that have offered to pay for it. I always can use more than I can ever think abought making.

F14    Posted 05-17-2002 at 17:20:04       [Reply]  [No Email]

Good topsoil is scare around here (the "Rockbound Coast of Maine") so it'd be profitable here.

I'm composting all my animal waste and bedding, mixing in leaves and grass clippings as such as available, and getting $20 a pickup load for the results. I topdress all my pastures with it in the fall as well.

You already have the stuff on hand, you could mix it (about 25% soil to 75% manure/compost seems about right) and sell it on a "come and get it and I'll load it for ya" basis and maybe make a couple of bucks on the deal.

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