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Q.Growing vegetables in old coop soil

Zone Rochester, ny | Arimarie87 added on April 23, 2017 | Answered

The owners before us raised chickens and left their old coop. We had no interest in being residential chicken farmers, so we removed the coop. It was in an area on the side of the yard where I’d like to grow a vegetable garden. Do you think this would be a positive or a negative? I would think the soil would be well fertilized after housing chickens…but there’s also the mulch that was put down in the coop as well in the soil. Is this a viable spot?

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Liz Baessler
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on April 27, 2017

Chicken manure is great for vegetable gardens, so you're in luck! The one downside, however, is that you probably don't want to use it right away. When it's raw, chicken manure can burn plants, so you want to compost it before using it. I would get a shovel and move all that poop and mulch and put it in the compost bin. (If you don't have compost, you have a great start, now!)

You can read all about the process here:

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