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when to add manure?

Postby johnjf » May 05, 2012 9:48 am

I just bought a bag of cattle manure from Canadian tire. I kept reading it was good for plants. I was just wondering when can I work it in to my soil and when can I plant seeds in there?
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Re: when to add manure?

Postby B_BQ » May 05, 2012 10:02 am

Hope you bought the weed-free stuff! lol

Don't put this on too heavily. Scatter a thin layer over your soil and work it in. If you use too much there's always the risk of burning the roots of tender plants. I usually use manure at the end of the season and dig it well in.

But, to answer your question - yes, go ahead.

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Re: when to add manure?

Postby johnjf » May 05, 2012 10:21 am

alrighty, thanks for the help :D
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Re: when to add manure?

Postby Mygrandmeresgarden » Jun 01, 2012 12:33 am

You can also make manure tea and side dress your plants with that if you're worried about burning roots of young plants. For me, as long as I don't put too much into the garden in the Spring, it doesn't bother the seedlings. I too prefer to work the manure into the garden in the fall, then it has all winter to rot and mix with the soil in the garden.
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Re: when to add manure?

Postby Dumbo » Jun 02, 2012 1:00 am

The manures from Canadian tire are labeled all the same, be it sheep or cow. Something like .6-.6-.4 (or there-about)

I added about 4 inches of the stuff to my potted plants. It's been a week and I see no ill effect. So I wouldn't worry too much about over doing it in the garden. It appears weak.

I believe the label says to use one 25L bag for a 4'x3' area.
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