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May 7, 2016 7:07 AM CST
Can I germinate my seeds in Black Kow that I have placed on top of my soil? Thank you in advance!
Name: Daisy
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May 7, 2016 12:35 PM CST
Hi Carolyn, Welcome! to NGA

Although Black Kow is fully composted, its still 100% cow manure. I doubt the seeds will appreciate it. I have never used Black Kow but it seems you would want to dig it in and mix it with the soil in the bed, not just put it on top.

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May 7, 2016 3:16 PM CST
I agree The manure in Black Kow would probably burn seedlings before they got going well enough to make use of it. Better to use just a bagged seed starting mix spread on top of the soil.

Mix the Black Kow in so that the plants won't get their roots into it until they're a little bit bigger.

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Name: Ken Ramsey
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May 7, 2016 4:57 PM CST
I use Black Kow extensively as part of my basic potting media (it is 0.5 - 0.5 - 0.5). I too would use a seed-starting mix rather than Black Kow. When/if you transplant into pots or in the ground, you can always use Black Kow in the mix then.
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Name: David Laderoute
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May 7, 2016 9:38 PM CST
As a seed starting fanatic, I agree with all of the above. Any manure, especially the Black Kow will be too rich for seed starting. If you are going to plant the seeds directly in a bed, at least dig the manure in well and turn the soil several times. I would still even then, just add some plain soil on top.
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May 8, 2016 6:32 AM CST
Thank you so much for your help! I will behave and use the seed starting mix and/or plain soil. Blessings C

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