The Q&A Archives: Compost and Aged Manure in Garden

Question: I am a community gardener in Philadelphia on a vacant lot. I have two primary plots (4x12'each) that were walled in by brick by the previous gardener. I will be replacing the brick with wood to aid soil retention and I want to add in soil before planting this year. I have access to both aged manure and compost in quantity. What type of mixture would you suggest I use?

Answer: Wow! Are you the lucky gardener!<br><br>I'd mix them both quantity! Just be sure that manure IS aged. Manure that is fresh can burn tender roots. (Also, I don't think it would be good on fresh veggies if it's fresh!!! :-/) The compost can be added until the soil looks wonderful, soft and dark. Worms will love it and make it their own paradise. Your garden will be SO happy!<br><br>It might not hurt to get a soil test done while you're at it. Then you'd know exactly whatto add--especially in the way of lime for adjusting soil pH..<br><br>

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