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Miscanthus in manure

I have a big pile of horse manure with miscanthus bedding in it. When I contacted the local farmer who takes manure, he refused saying his gardeners wouldn't like manure with bamboo in it.


Is he right? 

Does anyone have any nutrition info for miscanthus horse bedding and it's use as compost?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,157

    Well, miscanthus isn't from the same family as bamboo, so the farmer's wrong there.

    I don't know how well it composts but this link says it's fine

    From what I've read I understand that some strains of miscanthus don't produce seed and some do - I think that would be my concern - I wouldn't want miscanthus seed in my compost.  But if the miscanthus came from the non-seeding or possibly sterile strain, then I can't see a problem. 


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,581

    I'd say , if it's composted properly, i.e. gets nice and hot, any seed should be killed off, as other seeds are. I'd give it a go if he wants to deliver it to me. tee hee.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,581

    I built some lovely big compost bays yesterday 3  8ft x 4ftx 4ft high. ( used old corrugated tin sheets 8ft x 2ft each. They need filling.


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