Building a hot bed is a sensible solution to the problems inherent in our short growing season. It should also save a little money by getting the plants out from under lights inside and into natural light outside.
Being short on carpentry skills, I searched for a solution that didn’t require them. Success was just a Google search away. I came across a perfect hot bed made from straw bales. Not hard to accomplish. Mine won’t look quite as professional because the arched top will be fashioned from hula hoops rather than wood before being covered with plastic.
All the information I read about the medium used to heat hot beds use horse manure. These are my questions:
- Will the bed heat just as well if I use rabbit, goat & sheep manure?
- Are there any special instructions for using these types of manure?
- When using manure that hasn’t been composted, how deep should the top layer of soil be to keep from burning the plants?
- Have you successfully used a hot bed that used manure as the heat source?