What’s up DOC?

The New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) has helped us build fertility on our farm. They had a project recently in our area removing aquatic weeds, raupo and coy carp from a dammed pond, and offered to donate all of this biological goodness to us. Of course I said “Bring it on!”

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We have used the raupo to mulch harekeke windbreaks high on the property.

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We are composting the aquatic weeds and fish along with extra wood shavings to keep the smell down and add carbon.

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Of course the pig eventually got a whiff of the fish and that became a minor temporary problem.

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But we layered the pile up with more shavings and some sheep manure. All good, and thanks to DOC for not sending this organic material to landfill!

 

Chur, Estwing

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