Buying large quanities of horse manure
I'm looking to buy a dumpy bag (or more) of loose, fine horse manure for our garden group to divide. It's approx one tonne (£50 plus £18 delivery). Aggregates etc might also be added to the order. There maybe about 20+ of us sharing the order, for small gardens. I have used Thompsons before for my own garden, and they are a good company, based fairly close, in Enfield. Fine manure seems best for a wide range of uses and for new gardeners who might be wigged out and confused by large clumps of poo. No doubt organic manure would be better as likely not to have wormers in.
-Does £50 a tonne seem like a decent price (for refined, seasoned manure, not straight out of a horse)? We don't live near stables etc. A big portion of that cost will be to cover their loading, labour and driving
- Is it best to buy manure that has been sterilised / steamed so that we don't import loads of weed seeds? Are weed seeds / slug eggs etc a big concern?
- Are there other considerations?
- Are there good companies that deliver to north London, that you recommend?
Neighbours will bring their own bags and barrows to collect.
[We are trying to stay pretty local in sourcing companies.]
We are trying to minimise plastic use by having it delivered loose and re-using old bags.
I wouldn't feel so pernickety for myself, but organising a big delivery for lots of garden, I am concerned to not overlook potential screw ups - and inadvertedly fill gardens with bindweed or Spanish slugs.
Your insights and very welcome.