How to use horse manure in a vegetable garden - Knowledgebase Question

Indianapolis, In
Question by stapleton4
May 5, 2010
We would like to use horse manure in our vegetable garden this year. Is that a good idea? If so, do we work it into the soil before planting, or put it around the plants afer planting? We will be putting in tomatores and green peppers.

Thank you.

Answer from NGA
May 5, 2010


As long as the horse manure is aged, you can dig it into your vegetable garden soil prior to planting. If it is not aged, it may be too strong (urine) and may contain weed seeds, and you should stockpile it for a year, turning it periodically so rainfall will help leach out the urea and heat will help kill the weed seeds.

You can spread 4-5 inches of aged manure over the surface of the planting bed and dig it in to a depth of 8-10 inches. Then plant your veggies. Hope you have a great harvest.

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