This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

horse manure for the garden

I used horse manure in my garden recently but a fellow gardener suggested it was not so good as a compost or mulch. From what I read on line, it seems that there are several reasons to skip this manure as it contains weeds seeds, deworming drugs, herbicides and high Mg levels.

Ann's Organic Garden: Just say nay to horse manure for mulch, by Ann Lovejoy

topic: soil

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Anonymous Soilman said...

... but from the 'Pro Horse Manure' lobby, I'd point out that it's also fantastic for soil structure and biological activity, and adds nitrogen like no other 'natural' product.

Me, I'm willing to tolerate a bit of trace worming tablet to get those benefits!!

December 07, 2008 4:10 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Great! Thanks for the comment. I LOVE your garden!

December 07, 2008 9:56 AM


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