horse manure in plastic bags

I know I've got to keep horse manure (fresh today) for 6+ months  before use.  At the moment it is in black plastic bags. Should I tip it out onto the garden or will it be ok in the sacks?  If it is ok in the sacks should I make holes in them?  thanks, Maggie


  • My neighbour gave me some of this magic stuff.  I put some on the compost heap (it aids decomposition, I believe) and kept the rest in sacks.  I didn't puncture the bags, since the moisture would leak out, but after a few months, it was mature enough to use on the garden.  It was especially valuable (too late for this season) as an additive to the trench where the runner/climbing French beans were planted.  Must have been good - I have never had such a prolific and early crop before - and this after, as we know, a long, cold and wet spring!

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    It's a wonderful way to breed worms too. If you take a couple from your compost heap and pop them into the bag, leave an air pocket at the top with maybe a tiny hole or two (push a pencil through) and you will be amazed at the number of worms you have after a few months.image

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,888

    I have horses, so I just leave it in a pile for a year until it is black.

  • staffsmagsstaffsmags Posts: 224

    thanks all.  I will toss a couple of spadeful in the compost and find a few worms to help the bags along.  Maggie

  • Hello

    I have two bags (plastic) of horse manure which have been tied up for 3 months outside my house. I have just opened them to look in and there are hundreds of minute black flies on in both bags. No smell but manure is dry but soft . Is this normal ? And can it be used with all those flies?? Any help please

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,721

    Absolutely fine and normal ... the flies will disappear when you use the manure.  image

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • It must be quite difficult trying to get the horses to poop into the bags though. image

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