Friday, April 9, 2010

A Natural Plant Energizer

Last Saturday, Daddy, Ben and I got some aged manure from my grandparents' farm. We used it to fill up the middle bed and to mix with the clay-soil in the other two beds. Ben and I also added compost to the beds.

Aged manure is excellent for soil. It should be tilled in prior to spring planting. Fresh manure causes burning of plants because of too much nitrogen. Aged manure reduces the risk. Another way to reduce the hazard of damaging the plants is to combine manure with compost. When added to tight, compacted soil, aged manure loosens the dirt. It also reduces garden runoff. One great benefit of manure is that its nutrients are released slowly, fertilizing the soil. Manure enriches soil carbon, which is a great plant energizer.

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