The Q&A Archives: Fertilizing in Spring

Question: I think you're supposed to fertilize in fall but, I didn't. Can I fertilize my garden now with store-bought dried cow manure, before I plant it? Will it damage my plants when they start to grow?

Answer: You can add dried cow manure any time. It's a fairly stable soil amendment, and won't harm your plants. If you were to use fresh manure or another high-nitrogen fertilizer, that's where you can get into trouble. The highly-soluble nitrogen can harm plant roots.<br><br>So go ahead and add the dried manure; just be sure to incorporate it into the soil. It will give the plants a good spring "kick"!

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