Q.I Have 10 Chickens That I Would Like To Allow To Free Range For A Couple Hours Each Day In My 1200 Sq.ft. Vegetable Garden. I Woul
d also like to chop up the leaves in my yard this year and attempt to make a leaf compost. Will the soil be okay come spring, with the combination of chicken manure plus a large amount of chopped leaves. I feel like this isn’t technically compositing and I am worried the manure might be too “hot” come spring and burn my plants.
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Certainly! To ensure your soil is okay come spring with chicken manure and chopped leaves, follow these tips: Properly compost the manure with carbon-rich materials, age the compost for a few months by refraining to add anything during the time before planting, test your soil in spring, apply the compost in moderation, and consider plant selection based on your soil's richness. This will help enrich your garden soil without harming your plants.