Oh where art thou manure!
I am seeking lovely manure and struggling to find a supplier which will deliver smaller quantities. All seem to deliver half ton bags, which would be far too much for my needs.. I think? Does anyone know of any larger stores which do good, well rotted manure in bags?
I am in the South of England near Brighton with a front and back garden made of heavy clay soil (with some big chunks of white chalk thrown in).
I have done a lot of work pulling up patio and creating two beds in my back garden. Over two years I dug deep, dug in bags of grit, piles and piles of homemade compost and mulches bark. My plants have been very happy, despite my steep learning curve.
I have now decided to remove more patio and create more and more gardening potential. Having done so next to one of my beds I can see that my hard work has created a foot or more of rich, happy, dark, wormy soil, which next to my new orangey clay soil bed is a stark contrast!
I want these new beds to be home for vegetables and so am planning to dig in my current full compost bin into two and then create one central bed as a hot bed with raw veg peels etc ready for pumpkins and beans. I think adding a hefty amount of manure to these three beds will help the vegetables and to help with the clay. I'm hoping it will also be what my rhubarb, soon to be planted raspberries etc will want.
I also don't want to over do the manure. My old beds and front garden I was going to add just a mulch of it as I ultimately aim to be no dig.
Am I on the right track? Any tips with how much manure? Or alternatives if it isn't the right idea (I've never bought in soil to my garden, just made my own through composting!)
Thank you all so much!