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manure for raised bed

Posted by duane456 z8westernOR ( on
Wed, Mar 28, 12 at 11:22

Hi, I would like to add some "composted" (not fresh) steer manure to my raised beds. I don't know how much to add without going overboard. Could someone give some insight on a "approx." amount to add? I'd appreciate any tips, advice, etc. Thanks in advance !

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RE: manure for raised bed

1" if added just before planting. 2-3" if done in the fall. Tilled in well in both cases.

In raised beds you can also trench a couple of inches in down the center and let it act like a fertilizer channel but you don't get the soil improvement from it that way. I have the best results side dressing plants with it once established.



RE: manure for raised bed

I completely agree with Dave. I prefer to do sequential light additions as crops warrant it, rather than a heavy application, but in the fall, if you aren't doing season extension, you will get a lot of benefit from a heavier addition that will be well-incorporated into the soil by natural processes by spring. Trenching is particularly good with tomatoes, squash, and melons, whose roots should reach the manure just when they need the boost.

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