Composted Manure (per cubic foot)
Composted Manure (per cubic foot)
Per cubic ft.
Pick up in own container in Oak Park.
Spreadable organic fertilizer for lawns and organic garden beds
Composted manure is an old-timers gardening trick that can help bring out the best from your garden. It provides rich, nutrient content and also helps build carbon compounds (organic materials) that build soil structure. That translates into big, beautiful and bountiful vegetables.
We transport composted manure in our Deep Roots truck direct from an organic dairy farmer in Central Illinois. After the cow manure and the straw bedding from the cow barn age for many months it is odorless and looks like rich soil.
How to apply to your edible bed or lawn:
If you have an existing veggie bed layer the composted manure over the soil in the Fall after everything has died back. Spread evenly about 2” to 3” thick. Leaving it as-is over the winter is fine or work it into the top inch of the soil if you like. Leave as much of the soil untilled to preserve the microbe structures that develop over many years and are essential to healthy soils. If you are installing a new garden bed mix the composted manure into the fresh soil. You can also apply the composted manure in the spring.
Apply a half inch of composted manure to lawns in place of chemical fertilizers. once or twice a year.
Benefits of composted manure
Using composted manure in the garden has numerous benefits. It is packed with nutrients that plants need, like nitrogen. Using manure as fertilizer keeps plants healthy and green..
The effects of manure on the soil are beneficial as well. As the soil absorbs manure, nutrients are released. This enriches the soil, which in turn, helps the plants. The most important benefit of using composted manure in the garden is its ability to condition the soil. For instance, mixing manure with sandy soils helps to retain moisture levels. Adding composted manure to compacted soil helps loosen the soil. Composted manure produces increased soil carbon, which is an important source of energy that makes nutrients available to plants. Other benefits of composted manure include reduced runoff and leaching of nitrates in the soil.
What’s in composted manure?
Composted manure consists of three basic elements critical to plant health – nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Nitrogen allows plants to produce the proteins needed to build living tissue for green stems, strong roots, and lots of leaves. Phosphorus helps move energy throughout the plant, especially important in maturing plants. Potassium aids plants in adapting sugars needed in growth and is especially helpful in root crops. Together, these three elements form that magic formula, N-P-K, the backbone of all fertilizers, man-made or organic.
Composted manure also contains large amounts of humus, a wonderful soil amendment. Humus is simply the bulky, fibrous material that comes from plant fibers and animal remains and is valuable in several ways. It gives better tilth to clay soils, supplies food for soil flora and fauna, preserves moisture during dry spells, while ensuring good drainage during wet times, and it is a storehouse for nitrogen in the soil. In short, humus acts like a reservoir, allowing nutrients to work.
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