My Empire of Dirt

With apologies to both Trent Reznor and Johnny Cash.  (The Nine Inch Nails song was a big deal when I was in high school, but I like Johnny’s Hurt better.  I have a soft spot for just about anything by Johnny Cash, no matter how mawkish.  I’m not sure why, but I’ll enjoy something sung by him when I’d gag over the same song by someone else.  I know, irrational…)

Scraping out the partially composted bedding from last winter's pigs.

Scraping out the partially composted bedding from last winter’s pigs.

It is already well on its way to being composted.  I brought the sows into this building for a few days during the summer and they did a good job stirring it up to help compost it more quickly.

It is already well on its way to being composted. I brought the sows into this building for a few days during the summer and they did a good job stirring it up to compost it more quickly.

Piled up, I'll let it compost for a few more weeks.  It will freeze up once the weather starts falling below zero, but it will be in good shape for spreading next summer.

The pile will continue to compost until it freezes when the weather falls below zero, but it will be in good shape for spreading next summer.

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