Garden BedsMake a Gardening Hotbed To Get A Jump On Growing

Make a Gardening Hotbed To Get A Jump On Growing

Make a gardening hotbed to get a jump on growing. This step by step tutorial of how to make a gardening hotbed that uses the natural heat of animal manure to warm the soil. A hotbed is a pile of decaying organic matter warmer than its surroundings due to the heat given off by the metabolism of the microorganisms in the decomposing pile. A hotbed covered with a small glass cover (also called a hotbox) is used as a small version of a heated greenhouse. The bed is often made of manure from animals such as horses that pass much undigested plant cellulose in their droppings.

Make a Gardening Hotbed To Get A Jump On Growing
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Here is one method besides the one you will read below.

  1. Dig a hole 6 feet long and 4 feet deep.

  2. Spread horse, chicken or pig poop (crap) the whole length of the hole at least a 1/2 foot deep but no more than 1 feet deep.

  3. Cover the whole length of the hole with 3 feet of soil to create a buffer that insulates but warms the soil.

  4. Grow seeds or seedlings as you normally would.

The 2nd method uses:

  • horse manure

  • bundle tree prunings

  • wheelbarrow loads of leaves

Click here to read about how to make a gardening hotbed to get a jump on growing:

 

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