More and more home gardeners are coming to appreciate the benefits of organic gardening. Manure is an organic material that has been used by generation after generation of gardeners and farmers to improve the soil and increase crop yield. Composted Manure is a convenient, inexpensive way to utilize this traditional, organic fertilizer.
Composted Manure vs. Raw Manure
Composted manure has some distinct advantages over the raw version. Raw manure is high in nutrients, but it has an exceedingly high nitrogen count. While plants need nitrogen, too much is unhealthy for them and the soil. Excess nitrogen can cause salt buildup and leaching of soil nutrients. In its raw state manure can also contain harmful bacteria, such as E. coli which may harm people eating fresh produce, unless proper precautions are taken.
In addition, raw manure can contain viable weed seeds. With composted manure you no longer need to worry about too high a nitrogen content, dangerous bacteria, or weeds. Greenvale’s Composted Manure is well rotted and easy to use. The heat which is naturally generated during the composting process kills harmful microbes and seeds. In addition, while not entirely odorless, composted manure is much less “smelly” than the raw product.
Benefits of Composted Manure
Both raw and composted manure contain nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. These nutrients are absolutely essential to healthy plants and using manure is a natural organic way to supply them. Manure also supplies micronutrients to the plants. The nutrients in manure are released slowly, which is an additional advantage over synthetic fertilizers.
Raw and composted manure can both improve soil friability, but composted manure has an advantage in this regard over raw, because the straw and other organic animal bedding which is mixed with manure when is collected from stalls, has also decomposed, adding even more organic matter to the soil. The water-holding capacity of sandy, coarse textured soils is improved by the addition of manure and other organic matter. The addition of manure is also an excellent way to improve the drainage of clay soils. Organic materials such as manure attract earthworms which aerate the soil providing more nutrients to plant roots. Organic materials also help to reduce water and wind erosion.
Composted manure can be mixed with your soil when you are preparing your beds and garden plots. It can also be safely applied in small amounts around already established plants. Greenvale’s Composted Manure is available by the tonne bag.