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Manure as Fertilizer Question
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Bill Grumbine    Posted 07-16-2002 at 11:58:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello everyone

I am in the process of converting an unused stable to wood storage. There is a layer of manure from sheep (I think) that is anywhere from 2" to 6" thick that needs to be removed. Is this stuff any good for the compost pile?

I am well aware of the good qualities of large animal manure - we call it mushroom soil around here. I'm just wondering if this sheep poop will help the garden if I mix it in with my wood chips, dead leaves, etc and then put it on either the vegetable garden or the flower bed.



Hal/WA    Posted 07-17-2002 at 10:30:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
If the manure is all dried out, I would suggest wetting it down and using a dust mask while you work on getting it out of the stable. Don't know about you, but manure dust makes me quite ill. No problem at all if the manure is still wet.

A lot of the value of the manure is probably gone, but it is sure worth using in a compost pile. If you have a lot of manure, try to put it on the pile in layers, with spoiled hay, leaves, shavings or most anything between the layers of manure

Ron/Pa    Posted 07-17-2002 at 10:10:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bill, It sounds like this building has been empty for a while. If it has been empty for a year or more, I would not worry about the strength of the manure on the garden. Most likely all of the ammonia, and nitrogen have leached out of it.
It will work ok in your compost pile but it will likely loose any of its manure qualities by the time the wood chips have lost enough acid to be used.
Good luck

Cowboy Joe    Posted 07-16-2002 at 17:02:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'de direct all questions about manure and other like subjects to YODA.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 07-17-2002 at 11:26:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't know Joe, if that's the real Yoda, maybe you would get a good answer, but I think this Yoda is an imposter that knows only about CYBERDUNG.
Later Bob

bob    Posted 07-16-2002 at 14:01:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
you have some of the fineness poop. It is in same class as horse rabbitt and chicken Just dont put on too strong and burn crops.

Bill Grumbine    Posted 07-17-2002 at 08:29:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks Bob. I sort of thought so, but I wanted to make sure it wasn't something like doggie dirt, which is not so good. I've got a big pile of wood shavings from my lathe, plus soybean stalks, grass, etc. It'll all get mixed together to rot for a while. that'll give me time to think of my next move.


Bob /Ont.    Posted 07-17-2002 at 11:31:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You will never get weedseeds that grow from sheep manure, their system kills them, unlike the manure of other animals.
Later Bob

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