Using Fresh Manure - Knowledgebase Question

Burgin, KY
Question by dorisbugg
April 14, 2001
3 DAYS AGO MY HUSBAND MOVED SOME RHUBARB IN OUR GARDEN. INTO EACH HOLE HE PUT FRESH HORSE MANURE ALONG WITH THE PLANT. IS IT TOO LATE TO ASK FOR HELP? SOMEONE TOLD ME TODAY THAT THE FRESH MANURE WOULD BURN AND RUIN THE PLANTS.

THANKS FOR ANY ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE.


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Answer from NGA
April 14, 2001

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Fresh manure is considered too hot for use in the garden, however if he mixed a small amount into the soil below the plant it may be okay. If it is in direct contact with most of the roots, you may want to replant. Also, it is not considered a good idea to use fresh manure around vegetables that could be eaten raw. The rule of thumb is to compost it thoroughly or age it for a year. After that, it is a great soil amendment.

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