Manure fertilizer has the advantage of adding a balanced set
of nutrients to your soil. Manure contains Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium, trace
nutrients and soil microorganism stimulants. Manures, depending on the
amount of organic matter, can add bulk and structure to your soil that
increases water holding capacity.
The Benefits of Manures
- Adds macro and minor nutrients
- Adds small amounts of trace nutrients
- Increases soil
- Improves soil structure
- Improves overall plant health
- Low cost source fertilizer source
How Much to Use
It's best to use aged manure that has a high organic matter
content (straw, sawdust, etc.). As good as manure is for your organic
garden it's important for a variety of reason's not to use too much.
When you can, age
your manures in your compost or in a carefully managed
A good rule of thumb is not to use more than a 5
gallon bucket (19 liters) of manure per 100 square feet (9.3 square
meters) for the lower Nitrogen level manures. Much less
for the high Nitrogen level manures.
Caution about Manures
- Steer and dairy manures with low organic matter can have
excess salt levels.
- Fresh manures can have excessive amounts of Nitrogen,
which can burn plants.
- The actual amount of area the animal uses to create manure
is more than the area you are gardening. Manure is a limited resource
that will only get more limiting.
- Depending on the source, the manure can contain many weed
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