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Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, B.C
phloem5
Feb 20, 2018 4:26 PM CST
Have been given use of a hoophouse thats been out of commission for a while with a large raised bed (4x20?) It has been weeded and about a 1-2 inch layer of horse manure laid down. I have since learned the manure is not a good idea as its not finished compost. Also during all this we were walking on it (also bad)

My question is what to do now. should i remove the layer of manure and double dig the raised bed to alleviate compaction? Or will it disturb the soil structure too much this close to growing season. and what should I add to get it in best shape possible to be able to plant in. I'm new to all this.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 20, 2018 4:37 PM CST
Wow! That's awesome! How long has the horse manure been there? Does it have a lot of bedding (straw or pine shavings) mixed in or straight out of the pasture?
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Feb 21, 2018 1:33 PM CST
Tilling soil improves soil structure.
Leave manure, till it under.
Horse manure, is mild.
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Name: greene
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greene
Feb 21, 2018 1:44 PM CST
If the horse manure is fairly fresh it could burn the roots of the plants; I'd scrape it away and start it composting somewhere. Horse manure often contains a ton of weed seeds. Then go ahead and till the bed, adding whatever amendments you want. To avoid walking on the soil, you might lay down a fairly wide plank to stand on while you dig.
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