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Accidentally using fresh manure!

cath_gracath_gra Posts: 2
edited September 2019 in Problem solving
Im new too gardening and after removing the weeds out of a border I wanted to improve the soil. I though i'd use manure as well as compost. I have used well rotted manure from a garden centre before but as the stables up the road has bags for free I though I'd try that! Having half dug it into the soil I realised how different it was, so googled it I realised that your shouldn't used fresh manure. Should I remove the soil that has it in? Any advice will be greatly appreciated, Thank x 


  • AstroAstro Posts: 419
    It would depend on when you were planting into the border. I think the main problem is if it is still quite wet and slimy it can burn the plants and doesn't offer good drainage.

    I have put  fairly fresh manure on my allotment at times, this  as a top layer on the bare soil not touching the plants and they were fine. As you have mixed it into the soil it'll likely be less potent, and if you were planting soon you could always dig a hole removing  the manure where you are planting  to be on safe side. 
  • I would just leave any planting until the spring.
  • Reluctant_GardenerReluctant_Gardener Posts: 284
    edited September 2019
    Should be fine by spring if your soil biology is fine.. I've done that and the only thing was the smell for a week.

    Don't plant winter salads as there is a risk of pathogenic biovars of E. coli , salmonella and campylobacter spp *if* the herd(s) carried those biovars. 

    Don't bother digging it out (or in). Frosts, precipitation and soil organisms will take care of it. If weeds grew there will be soil biology and chemistry there.
    You should always be careful with such biosolids and food crops, particularly low-growing leafy crops and root veg (rot it down well with straw, then mature it). Less of a risk with crops where the edible part is elevated.
    It's good practice to fully rot down manure so one can do test sowings in case of persistent herbicides.
    Remove leaves which touch the soil, harvest with a sharp knife above the soil line.

    Oh just noticed it's a border. If it's just for show plants nothing to worry about.
  • Thanks all for your help, I'll leave it in but not plant it until spring just to be on the safe side.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,955
    If there's nothing else there in the bed/border, it'll be fine until spring when it should have broken down well. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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