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how rotted?

I can obtain horse manure from a local farm, however, how `rotted` does it need to be before I can add it to my soil and plant shrubs? image thank you


  • Horse manure I've used fresh has lots of weed seeds in which adds to weeding problems, but has been fine on hedges where weeds aren't an issue. I've also buried it deep for veg which has also worked but I think its a little acidic. Manure left to rot for a year is perfect - like leaf mould. I've got a supply which I will be piling high and leaving to rot for the summer. 

  • Thank you - I will get some and store it until Autumn then. Verdun - when you say `fertiliser' do you mean granules e.g. fish blood and bonemeal etc?

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,950

    easiest rule of thumb: if it still smells like poo, or it still steams, leave it a while longer

  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286

    If it is a big heap you are collecting from, look at the back of it at the bottom. If it is a rich black and crumbly, it is good to go image

  • Thanks Gamma image

  • Thanks Verdun - I love this forum image instant answers!  

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