I am building a flower bed and was wondering what is the best soil to buy. . . topsoil, potting soil, or what? Also, how much manure per soil?
The following articles should be of some help to you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/the-importance-of-soil-for-an-organic-garden.htm
I used fresh manure and the leaves on my plants are now starting to curl up. What should I do? If I disturb them to add more soil, will that harm them or shock them?
Yes, curling and yellowing are signs of nitrogen burned plants. At this point, I would remove them and amend the soil. They will only die if you leave them there, so it is better to risk transplant shock and have a chance of saving them by removing them rather than leaving them where they will certainly die.
Is chicken manure good as a fertilizer to grow a giant pumpkin? Also, will it help grow corn faster?
Chicken manure is a great fertilizer for the garden, but you may want to compost it first. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/manures/chicken-manure-fertilizer.htm
We live in Lancashire in an 8-yr old house. Our garden is just a mound of clay with less than a spade's depth of topsoil built up by three layers of turf, installed by the builders in a hot summer which killed the first two layers due to lack of watering. We are trying to landscape the garden this year and establish some planting areas. I heard on Gardener's question time that the best thing to do was to cover the required area with a foot of manure and cover it with plastic sheeting and leave it for a year. I'm not sure if I've remembered this correctly. Have I got this correct?
Not too sure on that myself, but amending the soil is definitely in order. These articles will help with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/how-to-improve-clay-soil.htm
I got cow manure from our local sales barn and put about 2 inches around my exsiting green pepper and tomato plants (on top of the soil). Is this ok?
Unless it's aged well, you might want to consider composting it first. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/manures/cow-manure-compost.htm
Cow manure is so rich and gets very hot. The odds are you will probrably burn your plants up. The best way to use cow manure is before planting mix it in to your soil.
We dug plenty of manure into the soil 2 years ago, but it was very acidic manure. Now our sprouts have sprouted from the top and the actual sprouts are very loose and open. Are they going to do anything or am I better digging them up and starting again next year?
What is 5-5-5 manure? And how do you use it?
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Composed manure is great for almost all aspects of gardening. When creating a new bed, mix it into the soil following directions on the bag. It is good for top-dressing (putting it around plants a bit away from stems) and I even use it in potted plants by mixing it into the potting soil. I use both sheep and cattle manure - it should always be well composed, of course. Fresh manure is "too hot" and can burn plants. It is an excellent product and I have never noticed an odor that was offensive.