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by Robwen on July 12, 2006 06:17 PM
Sorry if this has been asked before. Im a total garden newbie. Anyway can i use horse poo for veggies? We live next to a pasture with horses, and im sure they wouldnt mind parting with some poo.

(sounds stupid huh lol)

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by Longy on July 12, 2006 10:07 PM
Horse manure is fine for a vegie patch, but best allowed to age a little as it can be 'hot'. It can have weed seed in it too, and hot composting it will largely take care of this problem.

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by Robwen on July 13, 2006 03:08 AM
Aging means? Just letting it "dry" out? How long? And is there anything i should mix with it before using it to plant? Thanks

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~Wendy~
by woodchuck on July 13, 2006 07:13 AM
Aging manure means 6months to 1 year, turning in straw or hay, other browns, make it even better.

If you put it on top of your garden in the fall, then it should be fine come time to plant in the spring, but seeding might not work that great, unless it's worked in real good in spring.

Ditto on the weed seed, cow manure is probably the best bet for 'cleanest poo', and it's not as hot as others are.

You'll learn best after your first oops.
by Robwen on July 13, 2006 09:50 AM
Thanks a bunch

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~Wendy~
by Longy on July 14, 2006 11:47 AM
Your horse manure can be ready to use more quickly if it is composted. As little as 6 weeks or so. It's really good for improving the texture of soils and gives crops like potato and pumpkins a good deep base to draw on. It's not so much a fertilizer as a soil improver, so other methods of feeding the soil will probably be required, like adding chicken manure to the compost too.

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by Robwen on July 15, 2006 05:19 AM
ok thanks

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