Best Manures For Your Veggie Garden
Today's Topic is Manure
Yes, you read that right. Winter is ending and we are all getting spring fever. It is almost time to go outside and play again! That is play in our gardens and start planting some veggies! But before we start planting there is some work to do first. We have to get that soil ready first, so here are some tips on the best manures to use in your garden. Hope it helps!
Horses are grazers. Most of what they consume is roughage like grass or hay, which produces a humus-rich manure. However it contains relatively low levels of the three essential elements (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Nitrogen). Horse manure should be well composted before using it on a garden during the growing season.
One of the pluses of horse manure is that it is easy to get in quantity.
Why Do You Have To Compost Manure? - Reason # 1
Cow manure's NPK is pretty low, but it does have benefits. It will eliminate harmful ammonia gas as well as other pathogens. Cow manure will add sufficient amounts of organic matter to soil. You are improving the moisture holding capabilities with cow manure, so you will be able to water less. It will also improve the aeration in the soil by helping to break up compacted soils. It also contains beneficial bacteria, which convert nutrients into accessible forms so they can be slowly released. This helps them to not burn the plant roots.
Composting cow manure also creates much less greenhouse gases, making it environmentally friendly.
Why do you have to compost manure? - Reason # 2
Sheeps and Goats
The manure from goats and sheeps is better then that from horses and cows. The are much easier to deal with and collect since it is just pellets. If a goat is kept in a stall the urine will get into the mix, which will increase the value of the manure adding more nitrogen into it.
Another plus when using goats and sheep pellets is that composting is much quicker because the pelletized form of the droppings allows more air into the compost pile. You'll be able to cover a greater area and it will dry faster then the other manures. It is also nice that these dropping are odorless.
Why do you have to compost manure? - Reason # 3
Rabbit manure is very high in nitrogen and comes in handy little pellets. It has more of all the three nutrients needed for a good fertilizer, higher then cows, horses, and ghats. The difference, of course, is quantity.I guess the biggest downfall to bunny poop is that it comes in smaller quantities then the others.
To help this matter, some gardeners make a "bunny brew." Find a five gallon bucket and add water to it. Put your bunny droppings into the bucket and let it sit for a day or two, stirring occasionally. Then use that water to water your garden. Don't let any bunny brew actually get on any foliage however.
Red worms love bunny poop. And having your garden full of red worms, helps to break up the soil. There waste(castings) also contains many beneficial micro-organisms such as, enzymes, humus, and plant stimulants than regular compost.
Birds produce the most valuable manure of all. Pigeon manure especially is very high in all the three essential elements. The only issues if finding it and quantity. It is also best to compost pigeon droppings if you don't buy it packages already.
To Compost Bird Droppings:
Add the manure slowly to the compost pile over several weeks, to your other organic matter like leaves and grass to break up the manure and speed curing. Make sure you turn the com poster keeping it mixing. Stop adding the manure two months before you plan to use itWhen it is ready it will produce no heat and won't smell very strong.
This manure as fertilizer is beneficial. It has a lower organic content, but is a rich soil conditioner. It will improve the soil quality and its ability to retain water. It has a fair amount of nitrogen and potassium and an average level of phosphorus. What is nice is alpaca manure does not need to be composted. You can spread it directly into gardens.
Alpaca manure is available in retail gardening stores.
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GRO MAX LLC ACM40 ACE Manure 40 Lb.
Hoffman 20505 Dehydrated Super Manure 4-2-3, 5 Pounds
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Espoma GM2 Garden Manure 4-2-2, 2.75 Pounds
Liquid Fence CP3-12 3-Inch CowPots, 12-Pack
WHITNEY FARMS CHICKEN MANURE 1 cubic foot
BLACK GOLD COMPOST CO 20LB Chick Manure MANURE COMPOST & HUMAS
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