Cow Manure as Mulch
I am making a garden for next year in a pasture. I mowed down a lot of weeds and alfalfa, and started a compost pile. I threw in a lot of dried out cowpatties that are all over the pasture. They are very light, but with moisture, sort of reconstitute. I'm wondering how they would be as mulch next year. The books all say 'well rotted manure'. I have no idea if cow manure left where it was deposited for several years, dried to grey on the top, but rich brown underneath would be considered rotted at all. When I water the garden would it get stinky if I mulch with it? I have access to lots of that, plus lots of lawn clippings - our town has a place where people are encouraged to dump their lawn clippings, and I've been helping myself to bags full. I read the pros and cons of using this as mulch, and wondered about the old manure.