I'm about to have access to lots of llama poo. I searched the archives here and found an alpaca post about llamas/alpacas having a lower organic content in their poo, but they are still great. Now I'm confused. I thought organic content was what we were looking for in compost. Isn't the organic content that provides nutrients for the soil? If it's low(er) in organic content, then why is it still such a great manure?
Then I am also a little confused about composting manure. I know I can mix it in a pile with browns. What about pure composted manure? As I understand it, people just compost pure manure. Without any browns how does that happen, and how long does it take? Is there any benefit to composting pure manure vs. mixing it with other stuff? FYI, I am hot composting now because I need results soon. Once things are "established" I'll probably go to cold composting.
This brings up a thrid question I have. I'm using cardboard (of which I have plenty) as my main brown source. In the fall I'll be able to use leaves, but for now it's cardboard. What nutrients does cardboard add? Is it just a source of carbon? Are there any carbon sources that also provide good nutrients?
Thank you in advance!