I am getting a huge truck load of horse manure this week and I would love some tips about how to use it. I've only been gardening 4 years now so compared most most of you I'm still a newbie My current garden is about 12'x12' and my plans for this load of manure is to let it compost until spring and then use the composting spot to plant another garden plot.
I do know to leave it piled up with a tarp over it to let it compost before using it in the garden but here are a few other questions:
I have read that horse manure is great for non-flowering or fruiting plants like lettuce or corn. I will grow some lettuce but I really love growing peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Is there anything I can add to this pile that will make it more suitable for fruiting plants?
Horse manure is really "hot". Will it be hot enough to kill seeds from old weeds? I have quite a few big weeds growing in areas on our property that are too steep to mow.
Anything else I should know?