The manure debate is heating up as we edge closer to the 7 September election! Which manure to use on what and when? These 10 Poos and Don’ts may help you make up your mind before voting.
1. Whether it’s cattle or free-range chooks, any animal with a diet of grass or vegetable scraps will produce manure that reflects the nutrient balance that plants need from the soil.
2. When it comes to adding body to the soil, there’s nothing like natural manure as a soil conditioner. As the manure breaks down, it adds valuable humus to the soil, which helps store nutrients and water.
3. If you’re lucky enough to use fresh manure, then be careful because it can have high salt levels which will burn plants.
4. To remedy this, place the manure into a pot plant, run some water through it so you dilute the nutrient levels. Dilute the manure enough so it looks like weak tea – the perfect tonic for your flower or vegetable garden.
5. Diluting will also allow any weed seeds in the manure to germinate and they will die before you’re ready to use it.
6. When using manure, fork it into the topsoil as soon as possible.
7. If manure is left sitting on the surface, much of the nitrogen, particularly from chicken manure, may be lost as ammonia gas.
8. By digging it in, the nitrogen will help your leafy vegetables.
9. If you can, use a mixture of compost and manure – a great combination. Some gardeners also like to add blood and bone when they’re planting ‘heavy feeders’ like potatoes and corn. Others also use liquid kelp or fish emulsion.
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