JennyRF


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Member Since: 04/21/2014



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Re: Using Manure to Fertilize Your Garden

I have a question about the safety of manure... We just built our raised beds at the beginning of April 2014. Once built we picked up a load of manure from my father-in-laws manure pile out in his field. We did take off a foot or two of the top layer of manure and get the stuff at the bottom of the pile. We then put a pile of it into each bed at the very bottom layer of the beds... Once the manure was put into the beds we then layered a 3-way compost/soil mix into the beds filling up the remaining space in the beds. I began reading about horse manure because I was struck with the thoughts of what if the manure was not all aged manure and some was fresh? What if it contains pathogens? What if we can get sick from it? Are these concerns something to continue to ponder about or do you think we are fine? I really would love some advice on this. This is our first gardening adventure and I was planning on putting in my seeds and some starts today...but thought I would think twice, before planting. We spent so many hours of work on those beds, but in the end as an afterthought I want to play it safe. Hope to hear from you soon. thank you.