More on Manure
Graham Spencer wrote:
: I would add that it is
: important to note what type of bedding material is mixed with the manure. We
: have manure from a local stables that uses wood shavings on the floor
: of straw, and, if left to compost for six months before use, gives a lovely
: friable soil improver that all herbaceous plants (esp. siberians) love.
Bedding material?? Floor??? I was thinking in terms of corrals, where the
only thing it gets mixed with is native soil!
: also used it under TBs, added one month prior to planting.
: Take care, as straw and wood shaving can both steal nitrogen - the microbes
: that are rotting them down take it and keep it from your plants. Fresh
: contains urine, which is very high in nitrogen.
Fresh manure is also VERY unpleasant to work with -- while aged manure is dry,
crumbling, and almost odorless. A good test as to whether a manure pile has
aged enough for use in iris beds is how YOU feel about picking up a piece and
crushing it in your bare hand.
Seriously, Graham -- thanks for adding the appropriate words of advice for
those living in more civilized parts of the world where horses are housed in
Sharon McAllister (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Obviously living in the still-wild west.