Manure Fertilizer
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I added steer manure to veggie garden but plants are turning yellow

braydonsnana added on May 26, 2011 | Answered

I added steer manure that I bought at Lowes. Worked into to my raised beds and waited 5 weeks before planting my veggies, but now they look to be burning from the lower leaves up. The onions seem ok but everything else is dying. What can I add to the soil to change this? I live in the Olympia, Washington and we have had a cool spring, so not sure if that is some of the problem. Any advice would help. I am hoping to be able to save some of my vegetables. Thank you from HELP.

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earthlady
Answered on June 2, 2011

It sounds like you have nitrogen burn. This can happen from adding cattle manure to your beds. You could try leaching the soil with lots & lots of water. Try adding peat moss as well. I never use cattle (steer) manure to anything. I use horse manure or llama manure as it isn't so high in nitrogen & won't burn your plants. If you need to purchase manure I know I"ve only seen the steer (fortunately for me my parents & inlaws supply me with horse & llama) only apply it in the fall, work it well into the bed and let it rest for the winter months & it will be safer when spring rolls around.
Good Luck
Earthlady

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