What should I do with 1000 litres of horse manure?
I have managed to lay my hands on a free and apparently inexhaustible supply of horse manure from my cousin's riding school. I know this is gold for composting but I wanted to get some tips on how to use it to my best advantage. Some is new, some is aged up to 5 years - I seem to have a choice.
I have a lot of very hard, almost barren clay soil that just about manages to grow grass and shows deep fissures when dry. I am excavating areas of this and moving it to other places in the garden to do some landscaping and also to prepare beds for veg. I imagine I should use the younger manure to mix with the smashed up clay (it is a pick axe job!) but wondered if there was anything else I should mix in with it? Someone is offering me wood-shavings; is this a good plan to mix in?? I do not mind waiting a few years while it breaks down...
The compost heap has been going well for the last 5 years but this is just grass and kitchen scraps. Any advice on how I can use the horse manure in the compost heap to my best advantage?
Lots of questions I know any advice appreciated!