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Manure for the Garden

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bwallace23350:
What type of manure do you think is best for a vegetable garden? I have used horse, chicken, and am now this year am doing cow manure. I used horse when I was a beginner and did not know a lot about what I was doing. I grew some great gardens with chicken litter. This year I am going to try cow manure because well it is free and I don't have to drive but in the pasture behind the garden to get it.

Dallasbeek:
Free is good.  Free and convenients is better

Dallasbeek:
Seriously, it depends on how you use it.  Uncomposted, they can burn the plants and smell up the place.  Just compost whatever you are using.  I'll leave it to people who have used all of them to say which is better.

BeeMaster2:
Raw horse manure burns plants. Cow and chicken do not.
As to chicken or cow, it depends on what type of soil you have.
Cow manure adds acid to the soil. In my case, my soil is very acidic. Adding cow manure makes it more acidic. You can add lime to correct.
Chicken manure is alkaline. In my case, it brings the soil closer to neutral.
Jim

bwallace23350:
I have not composted any of the manure but it will not be planted on till April. Hmm I need to get another soil test done but last time I did it was 7.1

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