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Discussion in 'Soils, Fertilizers and Composting' started by Beekeeper, Jan 10, 2009.
Other than weeds does anyone experience with it?
What is green steer manure? Manure produced by green steers?
I have spread fresh steer or chicken manure on empty beds in winter.As long as you don`t plan on planting for a couple of months it should be broken down enough.I wouldn`t spread it around anything actively growing.Pile it up .When you see compost worms , it should be ready to use.
I would mix it with something else to get it friable. I made the fatal mistake of using Alpaca poo all neatly done in a row. (very tidy animals) I put it straight onto dug winter garden ready for the new season and I inherited every weed known to man including sorrel. That was fine in the paddocks but not in my vegepatch. Moral of story in this case is don't put it on till it decomposed and weeds are destroyed in composting process. Fresh chook (chicken) manure can be very harsh and might also be safer heaped and mixed with other material. I had till recently access to a lot of goosemanure from grazing geese. I learned my lesson from the alpaca and they roosted on a heap of wood shavings which I could turn every day to keep them clean. The resulting compost is superb and weed free.
The main problem I've noticed with fresh manure is a damaging salt content.
Are your cows on a salt lick?? Ron not sure what you mean by this.