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Horse Manure - ? Din In or Leave On Top

NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,808

Just got bags of good rotted HM

Wont be using the beds until February / March / April

? Din In or Leave On Top please

Reasons would be helpful to increase my knowledge

Many thanks



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  • DaisydayDaisyday Posts: 373

    The key question is what kind of soil do you have?   If you have a medium to heavy soil anytime in the autumn would do. If, however you have a light, sandy soil like mine wait until late winter as it will just wash down. You can loosely fork it in or dig it in a bit. Beware of the chickweed! I get loads of it from horse manure but yours may be different depending on what the horses have to eat. image

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,280
    I always leave mine on top - the worms pull it in for you.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,010

    I spread it over the soil after the last veg are harvested, then rotavate in Spring. Doesn't go down very deep and makes a nice tilth on top.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,047

    I do the same as chicky. Just put some down on the new beds I've created as I won't plant them till spring. It was previously just a piece of rather poor grass. I stripped that off and then added  some compost and soil and topped with manure.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,808

    Thanks a plan now

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