thebahamiangardener
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Types Of Manure.WHERE to get

What types of manure are useful to the garden. Can manure from animals at the zoo used as well.Where would i go to get manure. Can i get some free from certain places.Also on another site i head when the local circus is in town you can go and ask for elephant manure for the garden

opabinia51
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Good topic!

Well to start, there are two types of manure:


A) Green Manures (which are just plants) and they include: i) Nitrogen fixers ii) Non Nitrogen fixers

Examples of N fixers are Clover, vetch, legumes (lie peas and beans), elaegnus mulitflora (Goumi) and so on

Examples on non N fixers are: Rye, wheat, barley and so on.

B) Animal Manures

Cow: Rich in Nitrogen, contains no seeds
pig: Also Rich in Nitrogen, again no seeds
Horse: A bit lower in N, contains seeds
sheep: High in Nitrogen (needs to be composted before adding directly to plants), no seeds
Chicken: High in Nitrogen, no seeds

Mushroom manure; Is a combination of I think cow and chicken manure and is very good.

Where to get manure, well the most expensive source (and easiest to find) is at your local nursery or (I hat to say this) at your big box store.

Local farms are a cheap (if not free) source of manure.

Try local chicken farms as well. I live next to a place that has 10 000 chickens and they sell the composted chicken manure for 3 dollars a 50 lb bag.

I get horse manure from local farms for 50 cents a bag.

If bought from a nursery or what have you the going rate is about 2.50 a bag.

C) Might as well include this while talking about manures.

If you live near an ocean, seaweed (especially kelp) is a free and wonderful source of a so called green manure.

If not, you can by kelp meal and liquid seaweed fertilizer at nurseries

NOW, all this being said:manures are what we call greens. If you are gardening the point is to not just put greens in your beds. If you do not only will you not be adding structure to your soil you will also be adding to much N to the soil. So, you want to add what we call a BROWN which is a compound that is relatively rich in Carbon. Good browns to add are leaves, straw, shredded black and white newspaper, cocoa bean hulls and so on.
Feed the soil, not the plants.

opabinia51
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Oh yeah, the elephant manure would be good to add as well. Elephant manure can be treated similar to sheep or chicken manure as far as it's N content would be concerned.And thinking about their diet, I would assume that elephants are probably ruminants and therefore you won't have to worry about seeds. But, don't quote me on that.
Feed the soil, not the plants.

thebahamiangardener
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elephants r herbivorse from what i learn on wikipedia. Thanx.

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Horse Manure

The best type of manure is number one from herbivores, and number two from horses! They get feed all organic material, also grains and hay...
Were to get it?? From me!!!! Come park a flat bed and i will fill it up for you!!! truly the best fertilizer you can find!!!! If interested email me!!!!
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