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Can manure be too old?

I am in the fortunate postion of having access to unlimited amounts of horse manure. The pile at the back of my friend’s stables is perhaps 20’ wide, up to 10’ back to front and over 4’ deep in the more inaccessible corners. It is black, odourless, dense and is easily sliced with a spade. The pile has been growing for years, decades perhaps, and a few of us quarry into it to enrich our garden soil. My simple question: is the older the better or might nutrients have been leached out over the years?

I’d welcome your opinions.


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 18,340
    Maybe some stuff has leached out but I would grab it while you can.

    Never look a gift horse in the mouth and all that.😊
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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 10,732
    It might be more nutrient rich in the deeper layers but it all gets mixed up anyway so fully agree with pansyface (still giggling at the picture in everyone's mind after reading that post!) :D
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • IamweedyIamweedy Cheshire East. Posts: 1,364
    The fibre itself does the soil good. 

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

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