Muck, Glorious muck

To grow veg we need more organic matter in the soil, and it so happens that right next door there is an excellent source of it in the horses at the stables. They need to get rid of it and we can use it, what’s not to like?

There was a lot of it, so we rented a small dumper truck to help shift it. We shifted it by hand last year but this year the job is a lot bigger with more area to cover. And a bigger muck heap, too.

Loading up the dumper truck using muck forks

Loading up the dumper truck using muck forks

Eric was our driver for the day, the great thing about using the dumper truck was that the muck diggers were needed only at the muck pile, while Eric could unload on his own, so we didn’t have to have everyone moving from muck-heap to the muckpile. Although it’s only a hundred yards or so it improved the workflow no end.

Unloading the horse muck into the muckheap

Unloading the horse muck into the muckheap

Eric unloading the muck onto the heap using the dumper truck. There is a lot of muck to haul this year.

we also used some of the hand trucks

we also used some of the hand trucks

We used wheelbarrows and the hand cart to help out. Bering in mind that the first hand cart got trashed last year by being overloaded we went a bit easier on loading up this one.

One of the sources of the muck

One of the sources of the muck

the pile at the Oak Tree towards the end of the day

the pile at the end of the day

the pile at the end of the day

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