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Green spores in manure

Hi everyone,

I purchased some bags of farmyard manure (I've included a link of the product, although I did not buy it from here) from my allotment shop and noticed that there were lots of these green spores. 

I'm not quite sure what they were. Possibly fertiliser? Just hoping they're not eggs, but it's too late now as it has all been dug in.

Any ideas?





  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Are they spherical or flattish?  If spherical they are probably eggs - certainly not spores, which are always tiny.  If flattish/cup-shaped they look like liverworts or a stage in a fern's life cycle.

    Either way, they shouldn't be in a bag of manure you've bought!  Come to think of it, it looks more like garden compost than manure....

  • Just found another forum and someone has taken the exact same photo from a similar product and it has been confirmed it was a fungi.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,665

    They look a lot like duckweed leaves. When I compost them they still appear like that afterwards. They don't seem to rot well.

  • I've just google duckweed leaves and these are much much smaller.
  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    The stuff sold as farmyard manure is exactly that, slurry and straw mixed and composted. It's never that great and contains all sorts. Get horse manure if you can and compost it yourself with garden waste. Cow manure is great on fields but that's it.

  • Thanks for the advice. Too late now though unfortunately. Won't be using it again!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,768

    Just fork the soil over and leave it rough - if there are any mollusc or other eggs in there the birds will soon have them - particularly at this time of year when the nestlings are hungry.

    I wouldn't worry about it. image

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

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