Bommer Method for Making Manure
by George Bommer
Important to Beginners, in their first efforts to avail themselves of the Method, with the least trouble and expense.
Every part of the Method is valuable, and should be carefully studied, and thoroughly understood, before any attempt is made to put it into practice. Every part of he Method, too has its distinct merits particularly adapted to different localities and peculiar wants of each individual. Hence it is desirable that all its provisions should be fully investigated, that the proprietor of the method may select for his own immediate use what he finds best suited to his circumstances.
Even without adopting the regular system prescribed in the Method, the purchaser thereof will find himself amply remunerated for all his expense, by the important suggestions contained in the work, which will enable him, not only to use to great advantage essential elements of manure, which are commonly wasted, but also to improve and augment manure already on hand.
When the regular process is adopted, an economist would prefer to apply it to such substances as his peculiar location is best calculated to furnish to advantage. If he has vegetable substances of any kind on hand, he can employ them to the greatest profit by applying the principles of the Method. But if vegetable matter can not be furnished, manure may nevertheless be made of earth to good advantage, and many who have tested its results regard the manufacture of earth manure as one of the most important advantages of the Method.
In regard to economy in fixtures and indispensable ingredient, it will he perceived, by a thorough acquaintance with the work, that everything objectionable in cost of fixtures or difficult of procurement in the ingredients may ho dispensed with, so that every one is at liberty to conform to his circumstances or taste, as the case may be. There need be no doubt but that, in all cases where all the regular fixtures are employed, and all the original ingredients specified can be obtained at a reasonable cost, they will abundantly repay the expense of the outlay.
Yet it must be satisfactory to know that, whenever the cost of fixtures is likely to amount to an objection to their use, a few hours’ work will furnish all the fixtures which are absolutely necessary, and that such ingredients only are indispensable as are universally attainable, while those which are most difficult to procure may be dispensed with without damage.
A hole may be excavated in the ground by a man and team in a very short time, with the aid of a plough and scraper, which will answer a good purpose to prepare the ley. If the ground he naturally porous, and will not safely retain water, it may easily be rendered retentive, by puddling it with clay. Here is the original 1845 page:
Here is a video that shows how to compost rabbit manure with red worms: