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How To Handle Cow Manure?

I Have the Dairy's Close by, and They Pile Up Mountains of Doodoo and its free for people to take away, Now The Only reason I don't Get any is because I have heard i have to let it sit for 6 months before using it, and because its Hot Manure, Does anyone Know How Exactly I Should Use if for My Veggie Garden??
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Use gloves when handling. You want the manure to be aged/composted and it takes atleast 3 to 4 months I think. What you can do is lay the manure down in a spot you plan to grow something but not right away. Let the manure compost there.Or manure can be added to a compost bin but don;t plan to use the compost for a few months.

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Awesome ama have to end up going tomorrow and get a bunch of it
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t is good to fertilize and condition the soil. Like I say, lay it down in an area where you plan to grow something a few months in advance. Like right now it would be good to do it and grow something there in the spring.

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Take as much as you want, put it into your compost bin/pile/whatnot. Add "browns" (dryer, carbon-providing) ingredients, water and turn the manure/browns mix for a few months until they become compost, and you'll LOVE what working it into the ground will do for your plants. :D

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handle it with a shovel.

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Depending on how fresh it is, it'd be a better idea to bury it in the compost covered by grass or whatever as it will stink up your property like a farm until it breaks down some. That may or may not P. off your neighbors. I'm just sayin!

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Cow manure smells like roses compared to pig manure. For some reason the farmers on the Eastern shore of Maryland (DELMARVA area) love to use it.

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