Have to toss this into the mix - (pun intended)
The Pre-Processed Straw (PPS) manure is working beautifully in our mixes
- almost universally - sprayer or hand applied. [REALLY fresh PPS will
provide an odor (especially indoors in the winter) until it dries out,
no doubt about it. However, once it has dried there is a minor odor when
wet in the mix, but goes away when the plaster dries.]
If collected from a barn or corral area where the horses have trod on it
and crushed it, it will have a lot of dirt in it, so we get it
preferably when it has been piled up and dried a bit, but pre composted.
After run through the mulcher with a 1/2" screen it is really easy to
use and works extremely well. In our most recent plastering workshop
this weekend, it was really wet from the rain. It would not go through
the mulcher - plugged it up really badly, so we tossed it in the mixer
right out of the pile for hand application, and that resulted in a few
"lumps" which had to be worked out.
We have found that we have to use the PPS instead of chopped straw to
get a good consistent flow out of the sprayer. Without the PPS available
we used it with just sand and clay. I expect some cracking in the
scratch coat as a result, but will use the PPS for the remaining layers
after the rains pass.
> Hi Chris....Nothing to do with pH here but when I tried manure with my
original clay I just made a nice loam which did not hold up. Don't know
of the *fresh* stuff would do a better job. This was old composted
manure run through a 1/4" screen. Found it easier just to use straw.
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