Compost and Aged Manure in Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Philadelphia, PA
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Question by adoering
March 14, 1998
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 from NGA
March 14, 1998
Wow! Are you the lucky gardener!

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!

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..

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