Friday, 8 July 2011
If you are working a crop rotation system in your bed then you should incorporate manure into beds that arent used for root or brassica crops. There are many different types of manure available, with each will bring different advantages to your plot. I always find it advantagous to change the type of manure used after a year or so to add something new to the soil.
Types of manure
Farm yard manure is the bedding of farm animals and contains faeces, urine and straw. This includes manure from cattle, chicken, horses, pigs, rabbits, sheep. In addition, manure is made from human sewage, and guano is produced from the faeces of sea bird and bats.
Application of Manure
During autumn or early winter spread organic matter over the surface of your bed at a rate of one barrow load over ten sq. metres. Fork the organic matter into the bed during the following month.
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