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Comment by Lynn on September 8, 2011 at 4:27pm
I've put LOTS of horse manure directly on the garden, but it has 'cured' for a week or two beforehand, in a pile. As Matt said, the only thing wrong is the weeds that sprout from seeds.
Comment by Matt Moir on September 8, 2011 at 3:50pm
the horse manure may be a little to hot but if its mixd in well why not give it a go as corn is such a heavy feeder it all helps the worst case senerio is that you will have alot of extra weeding to do as grain seeds that the horses eat will most lickley sprout.
Comment by Jane Maarie on September 8, 2011 at 3:12pm
Hi Carla, I too thought that the horse manure would be too strong but I've done it anyway.  Reason being is that I've never tried it before & it is mixed with rotted down chook poo as well so we shall see how my corn eventually turn out.  Feeling good about planting out when the time is right..can't wait actually..have seedlings  coming up all over the place!  And oh boy have I got worms galore!! :O)  Life is good!
Comment by josephal on September 8, 2011 at 12:18pm
Hi folks, I use a bit of fresh horse manure straight on the garden. My rhubarb likes it. Looking forward to the summer crops, new potato with mint & butter... Lots of sowing to do.
Comment by carla Lazenby on September 8, 2011 at 11:52am
My ginger started sprouting in my windowsill in the kitchen. I have planted in shallow soil, covered it with a plastic bag to give it a tropical environment. Can't wait to see the stems poking through the soil. Hopefully it will happen.
Comment by carla Lazenby on September 8, 2011 at 11:50am
Hi there Jane, what a good trade horse manure for free range eggs.  I also worked in horse manure into soil last year. All my plants did great on it. Looking back I would have done it differently because I think that horse manure straight into a veggie bed is a bit strong. I would use it in hot compost for at least 3 works and then work it into the various beds that you would like to use it in. Your worms in the compost will love the manure. Good luck, you're doing great!
Comment by Jane Maarie on September 8, 2011 at 11:17am
Traded two big bags of hosey poo for two dozen free range eggs this morning so feeling happy that I have manure to put on the corn plot well in time for planting in October. Am going to try planting straight into the soil instead of potting up seedlings for chook food this time. Bought early & late crop seed potatoes of maris anchor, desiree & red rascal which are all new types I haven't grown before.  Will still grow the ole favourite of ILam Hardy & Rua as well.  Noticed slugs or some critter has got into my pea seedlings which has chewing markings on them.  Cucumbers have not  taken at all but everything else needs potting into bigger containers. Will have to try again.
Comment by Karen Bee on September 5, 2011 at 8:49pm

Observations:

What's germinating? Calendula, mesclun, spinach - all inside the house 4 improved warmth.

Water seedlings.

Thrilled to see the 4 Pompalier grape sticks I bought at Treecrops sale for $1 for 4 are beginning to burst into life! (I had feared they may remain as dead sticks!)

Sowing rye/cover mix on bare patches in paddocks, to create some healthy competition for weeds. Experimental, should be fine. Gentle rake over. Good now moisture has come to the Waikato!

Grubbing thistles, pulling out tiny gorse seedlings - with the root complete.

Still trying to fill new raised gardens with healthy soil - broken concrete for drainage, plastic liner for moisture retention, compost, old rotten hay, good topsoil, will add some vermicast. 

Comment by Lynn on September 5, 2011 at 2:32pm
As so often happens with a day, things change! LOL  I have NOT been able to do the creative thing, sadly, as other things have cropped up and now it's too late in the day to start a project. Oh well...better luck tomorrow. It's been a lovely day though, the sun is shining and a slight breeze...nice enough to get an hour in the garden now.
Comment by Jane Maarie on September 5, 2011 at 1:32pm
Lynn, you read my mind! Thats exactly what I intend to do...all day even though its another beaut day.
 

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