Should I use unidentified manure?

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Janille

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Should I use unidentified manure?
« on: March 20, 2023, 12:59 »
Hello Everyone,

This morning at the allotment my husband and I came across two big piles of fresh (but not steaming) manure. There are horses in the area so we assume a horse wandered in. I don’t want to waste what might be a gardening treasure but I also don’t want to put my plants at risk by using manure of an unknown origin. Any advice? My thoughts so far are:

1) get rid of it
2) dig it into the ground where I plan to plant pumpkins in 3-4 months
3) add it to the compost heap?

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Janille

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mumofstig

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Re: Should I use unidentified manure?
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2023, 15:38 »
I'd stack it in a bin, or a pile, where you can leave it for a couple of years to be sure it is free from Aminopyralid weed killer, before you use it.

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Re: Should I use unidentified manure?
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2023, 15:59 »
Take it & as Mum says stack it out of the way somewhere, but I’d add turn it every month or so as if it is contaminated with amniopyralid that helps to dissipate it, but there’s nothing to say it is & you can always do ‘the bean test’ on it when it is a bit more rotted
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