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Ezka29

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Aging manure?
« on: September 06, 2015, 08:35:23 AM »
So glad to have found this forum!  Just recently I moved to a small property and have begun our hobby farm and have so many questions!

first on the list are questions about cow, sheep and chicken manure.

cow - the previous people had a cow  and made piles of cow manure around the place.  They said to leave it to age.
?? How long should cow manure be aged before being added to compost or straight to the garden??

Sheep - we are about to acquire two sheep to help with our lawn mowing.
??Does sheep manure need ageing for compost or to be used straight on the garden??

Chickens - we use a natural he,p sawdust with the chickens and wondered
?? whether the chicken/sawdust manure needs to age before going in a compost or straight to the garden??

we have a 12x13 m veggie garden, so will need a reasonable amount of compost. 

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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2016, 03:37:19 PM »
cow - the previous people had a cow and made piles of cow manure around the place. They said to leave it to age. ?? How long should cow manure be aged before being added to compost or straight to the garden??

Use that almost immediately, but can be aged for a few weeks, and if rained upon will have some of the nutrient leached out. General rule of thumb, age all manure and keep ash from the fire out of the weather. Too much nutrient leaches out.

Sheep - we are about to acquire two sheep to help with our lawn mowing. ??Does sheep manure need ageing for compost or to be used straight on the garden??

Can be used immediately. Phosphorous in the pooh, potash in the pee.

Chickens - we use a natural he,p sawdust with the chickens and wondered ?? whether the chicken/sawdust manure needs to age before going in a compost or straight to the garden??

If you add sawdust to chicken manure, the microbes will use the nitrogen to break down the ligneous material and it won't be available to the plants. Chicken manure if fresh should not be used until it has been stored for some time, or heat treated. Much of the nitrogen, which is the smell will have dissipated and it will be fine to use. But be careful just the same.

Horse manure straight or make a tea. Many people don't like using horse manure because the horse digestive tract is very inefficient, and grass seeds go right through the horse and are viable in the manure. However, it has been said that horse manure contains every element known to mankind. Many who believe this treat their sick plants with a diluted horse manure tea. Spraying it on the leaves and watering the plants with it.

If you have a sick plant that is **not** overwatered and suffering from that, or too dry and suffering from that, give it a go.

LindaJaild

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Aging manure
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2018, 07:46:01 PM »
Does anyone in the Saumur area 49 want to come and get some lovely manure ??????   Free to good home

 

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