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MANURE fresh or dry?????

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Joined: 1/06/2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 49
Posted: Jan/06/2008 2:14 PM PST

I started gardening for the first time last spring. After just one season of mistakes, researches and HARD work I finally understood that soil preparation is the most important step in gardening. I'm a 100% organic freak so I don't have too many choices but:
Dry or fresh manure?...
Horse or cow?...
How soon before planting time????

Thanks!!!
Victoria
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Joined: 5/09/2005
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Posted: Jan/06/2008 5:57 PM PST

Moved your question here and PMing you, Victoria!
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Joined: 1/08/2007
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 131
Posted: Jan/21/2008 5:58 PM PST

I was told to NEVER use fresh manure. It will hurt the plants. Dried is ok. I usually put manure on my garden in the fall and till it in the spring. So far it has worked for me. Some people swear by different manures but for me cow and sheep seemed to work better than horse. The horse farm I got it from had a lot of cedar bedding with the manure so that might of had something to do with it.
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Joined: 1/06/2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 49
Posted: Mar/31/2008 4:11 PM PST

I just saw your replay. I have totally forgotten I posted this.
Thanks a lot for the tips!!!!
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Joined: 5/13/2008
Location: Suburban, Massachusetts
Posts: 77
Posted: May/14/2008 11:34 AM PST

I buy bags of composted cow manure.
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Joined: 6/18/2008
Location: Florida
Posts: 755
Posted: Oct/15/2008 1:49 AM PST

Weeds Weeds Weeds, if you dont compost cow/chicken or any type of manure you will get weeds that you can't believe, I KNOW believe me, I will never put manure on my garden again unless I compost it,or cover with a 2-3" mulch/compost mix. compost green manure so it can go through a heat to kill some of the weeds and help from burning your plants,

"You know Gardening is a "hit or miss", "good luck or bad luck", "woops luck" and "a cussfess" at times but you will learn from your mistakes and we on this fourm will try to make it easier for you. this fourm has made it easier for us in return was the reward of sharing our ups and downs, so make those mistakes have fun , yes we will laugh with you but not at you, been there done that kind of thing," Just Gardening Guilt Trip
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Joined: 4/24/2008
Location: Chesapeake VA
Posts: 1954
Posted: Oct/15/2008 2:43 PM PST

As Guilt Trip said- COMPOST any manure first!!!!
And we have all made those same mistakes
That's why we post them on here, or ask questions, so we and others can learn from those mistakes
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Joined: 3/01/2009
Location: So Cal
Posts: 135
Posted: Mar/04/2009 12:39 PM PST

If I buy a bag of cow manure (dry) it says already composed, is it ok to just mix it in and plant right away?
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Joined: 1/08/2007
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 131
Posted: Mar/06/2009 5:31 PM PST

You should be able to use bagged manure right away.
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Joined: 3/01/2009
Location: So Cal
Posts: 135
Posted: Mar/06/2009 7:04 PM PST

Thank you. I appreciate your help. !st time I've used it.
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