our 16 horse boarding stable creates 10 4ft X 8ft. trailer loads every week of manure, urine soaked peat moss and sawdust with lots of spoiled hay. I dump these in windrows in my field and plant winter squash every 8" in June. At planting time the rows of fresh manure are quite hot from composting activity but the squash love it and thrive. The large leaves of buttercup and butternut squash shade the rows and the worms go madly to work and by October squash harvest they have turned raw manure and hay and sawdust into sweet smelling black compost. The rows are then planted with garlic. Hats off to the worms who break down these tons of organics in only 5 months and give me amazing compost and squash.