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vegetables and horse manure

Hi Gardeners Can someone tell me which vegetable don't like being planted in beds which have recently had horse manure added   



  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    I think that roots like carrots aren't that keen.
  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469
    Good question Tractorboy - I'd love to know the answer too. Also, is it ok to put manure in greenhouse beds?
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 81,441

    Don't grow potatoes in freshly manured soil.

    Is the manure well-rotted or fresh?  If fresh it would be best to heap it up and let it rot down before applying it to the soil, otherwise it might be too fierce.

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I add a bit of horse manure to the compost bins.

  • Best not to sow carrots in freshly manured soil.  They often grow in a "fork" shape then, so although their weight/volume might be OK, the useable part (after any peeling etc) will be less than it would otherwise be.

    As far as horse-muck's concerned - as with any manure - it needs to be well rotted before you use it.  These days more and more people are using wood shavings as bedding for horses (rather than straw) and this means it takes rather longer to rot down than the conventional straw bedding.  I've used wood-shavings bedding from family ponies' stabling in the past - left it in closed plastic bags for 12 months though!

  • Hi BE VERY CAREFULL where you get your horse manure from some years ago whole allotments where destroyed by a weed killer used to kill weeds in meadow grasses the weedkiller was called Forfront;


  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    clogerhead is right, if you live near a stables you can find out about the fields where the horses have fed to avoid this problem.image

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 19,999

    I'm lucky enough to have horses. I leave the manure to rot for a year and put it all over the veg garden in the autumn. But I don't grow carrots. I had heavy clay, but years later, it's almost loam. Only problem is horses live out with field shelters where they eat hay. Manure from mucked out shelters full of weed seeds from hay and grazing that survive being digested and left to rot!

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 19,999

    Forgot to say, I put well rotted manure in the tomato bed in the greenhouse.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Hi tractorboy the best rule of thumb is allways make sure your manure is well rotted, then you can put a top layer in your greenhouse every other year tomatoes love it.never grow root crops(carrots-parsnips) in freshly manured ground,all other crops are ideal. When digging manure in make sure it is buried for maximum benifit. 

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