Q.I Have Not-fresh/not Composted Manure.
To build up my beds, can I put older, but not composted manure around the soil/plant ball- in between plantings – not mixing it in. This would give bulk to my beds but not burn my roots. Later, when the manure is more mature I can mix into the soil more. Would this be harmful?
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This is what is known as "leeched manure" and is wonderful for adding as a top dress. Just leave a little gap between the young plants/seedling and the manure, just in case. Usually, it is not going to cause a problem, but better safe than sorry.