MULCH: Horse manure in sawdust OK to mulch around veggies??

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MULCH: Horse manure in sawdust OK to mulch around veggies??

Post by Mark Sarto » Sat, 03 Jun 1995 04:00:00



Hi FOlks,
I got a load of horse manure from a farm, and it seems to be mostly
saw dust - so I'm thinking that it would be best for a mulch like
application to the surface of my Garden beds, and possibly
around the tomatoes and pepers?? I think I should treat it as
a regular bark type mulch...

Any ideas???

Thanks!

 
 
 

MULCH: Horse manure in sawdust OK to mulch around veggies??

Post by SendtoJ » Sat, 03 Jun 1995 04:00:00


I wouldn't use it around the plants.  Fresh manure is too hot to use in
the garden, and the sawdust will rob your garden of nitrogen.  Best to put
the manure in the compost to 'ripen.'  Even well composted horse manure
can be pretty hot.  


 
 
 

MULCH: Horse manure in sawdust OK to mulch around veggies??

Post by Jeff Stie » Sat, 03 Jun 1995 04:00:00


Quote:
> Hi FOlks,
> I got a load of horse manure from a farm, and it seems to be mostly
> saw dust - so I'm thinking that it would be best for a mulch like
> application to the surface of my garden beds, and possibly
> around the tomatoes and pepers?? I think I should treat it as
> a regular bark type mulch...

        don't complain about the sawdust!

The Sawdust is probably keeeping it from stinking too much.
I think the experts would tell you to compost it first.  
If there is a lot  of manure in there,  it might burn the plants.
If there is too much sawdust, it will steal nitrogen from the soil in
order to decompose.
let it decompose in a compost pile first-
then you will be in great shape to mix it in with the soil-
it will be light and airy so that you can mix it in with the soil and it
will be great for the roots!

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