As for the aspen bedding: Wood takes awhile to decompose, and it also needs nitrogen for that. So, while it is decomposing, it takes away nitrogen that your plants desparately need to grow. It would be better to compost it beforehand. Start a compost bin or pile. Add your soiled bedding, grass clippings from the lawn, and any fruit or vegetable waste from the kitchen. Turn it from time to time, and eventually it will be decomposed enough for the garden.
Or, you could use it as mulch instead, in the pathways of your garden, or around the flowers in your flower bed.
You should try gardening. I find it much easier (though more work if that makes any sense) than houseplants. I kill those left and right. Lettuces are great to put in. Get those little peat pellets that expand when you add water and sprinkle lettuce seeds. You'll get sprouts in no time and then after they get bigger, put them in your garden.
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I've been trying to compost my pigs' waste, but it hasn't been decomposing very fast. It's too dry. My guys live on towels, which I shake out every day and then sweep up the leftover hay and poo and dump it in the compost bin. We don't have enough "wet" stuff to keep a good ratio for decomposing. But now that the ground has thawed, we've found too much damp mulch near our house. So probably tomorrow I'll start dumping some of that in the composters.
- Even Booze Hags Give
My pigs will eat basil, but it's not their favorite. However, I encourage them to eat it because it seems to me that their pee doesn't stink as much after they've eaten basil.
Forget chives, anything onion-flavored they're not gonna touch with a 10-foot pole.
Parsley is quite slow to germinate. I got one of those little $1 pots and so far it's the last thing to show up in my seed pots. My pigs go nuts for the basil and catnip. Dried or fresh they love it. Especially catnip. They also love the days when I trim my aquarium plants. I'm thinking of setting up an aquarium of all edible aquatic plants for them. Watercress is actually an aquatic plant I'm trying to grow in 2 of my aquariums.
(I am way too busy lately and I still need to clean the wheeks cages tonight)