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If I spread fresh horse manure on vegetable beds now will it be ok to sow seeds and potatoes on in the spring?


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,740
    my guess is you'll have  lovely crop of weeds
  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 3,091
    @Pauly2, there's lots of helpful information on this previous forum discussion:

    Horse Manure - When to Use — BBC Gardeners' World Magazine (

    As you can see, there's more to this than it seems!

    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.

  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,824
    We spread the fresh manure on our allotment beds in the Autumn (after everything has been harvested), but we then cover them in membrane.  We usually only get bindweed and brambles coming up in Spring. 
  • Something I've just read, which may or not be important; the horse/cow may have just been wormed, if their dung lands up on a compost heap, it could kill the friendly worms in your compost pile.

    Danger, danger, everywhere.... :(

    Trying to be the person my dog thinks I am! 

    Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.
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