manure mixture - Knowledgebase Question

Huntersville, No
Question by sarverdeann
April 17, 2009
How do I know if the manure is aged? I already mixted it with a little clay and some potting soil and put my seedlings in it in containers. Do you think it will be too strong for them? What should I do?


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Answer from NGA
April 17, 2009

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Aged manure will have an earthy smell not a urine smell and will look a little like peat moss. Fresh manure will clump together when wet and have a definite barnyard smell. Mixing it with garden soil and potting soil should be fine for your plants. Watch and wait - if they are getting too much nitrogen or the roots are being damaged, the plants won't thrive. If you purchased your manure from a topsoil company it is probably aged. If you got a truckload from a local farm, it's probably fresh. Best wishes with your plants!

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