[permaculture] Re: goats vs compost

Rain Tenaqiya raincascadia at yahoo.com
Sun May 22 13:30:11 EDT 2005

It seems to me that you have to figure out what you want the most, quick nutrient recycling and goat products, or organic matter.  Animals greatly reduce the volume of organic matter in a system by breaking it down more quickly.  The same comparison can be made to mulching versus composting, especially hot composting.  Mulching preserves organic matter for longer.  Organic matter is so important for so many reasons that it is important not to just assume that it is best to gather it all up and compost it or feed it to animals.

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Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 08:26:52 -0700 (PDT)
From: Lisa in Oregon 

Subject: [permaculture] goats vs. compost
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BTW, thanks to everyone who shared their goat stories. It was very
helpful (although not to the buck who's still alone...)

Another question, though: we have old vegetables (bolting chard, 
spinach, and some cabbagey greens), is it better to compost them or 
feed them to the goats and chickens? The grass and weeds are amazing 
this year, so the goats have plenty to eat. They mostly "recycle it" 
to the pastures, although some part ends up in the barn and gets to 
the garden later. These plants are in interplanted beds, so I can't 
just chop them up into the soil in place. I'm not sure where the 
maximum benefit is to the whole system.

Lisa in Ashland Oregon

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