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Q.Fresh Chicken Manure In Garden What To Do Now?

Zone 0602 | Anonymous added on September 16, 2023 | Answered

Hey there, I recently added about 2 buckets of chicken manure in my garden, which is about 2×3.5m big. The manure had some hay in it, and a couple weeks prior I put some aged horse manure in. I was hoping to improve it as it has quite a bit of clay soil. I recently found out the fresh chicken poo may be harmful to plant leaves and that it should be aged or turned into “tea” first. Is there anything I can do to help it break down or anything else I can add in now that the chicken manure is already in it? I was wanting to plant for the spring. .

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Answered on September 17, 2023

It takes six to nine months for chicken manure to compost so you probably shouldn't plant before May. Also, to speed things up, turn the soil in your garden bed as you would a compost pile. That will help aerate it and keep the microorganisms working.


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