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Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by Fredas, Mar 7, 2021.

  1. Fredas

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    Hey guys

    sorry. More questions

    I’ve just emptied one of these bags into a raised bed that will have lettuce but should I not fill any raised bed that I am planting flowers and tomatoes in?

    hope the sun is shining where you are
     
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      I can't get a focus on the bags to see how rotted and 'pure' the manure is. However assuming it's garden ready I'd bang that into all raised beds but for me i like a 50/50 mix with good top soil. I get my rotted manure straight from a local stables and mixed well it gives great results both in texture and productivity.
       
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        Thanks JR! I get onto that!

        defo well rotted and smells sweet!
         
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          pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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          Manure is not recommended for root crops, other than that, if used as JR suggests I dont think you can go wrong.
           
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            Another old gardener told me he used to taste horse manure to see how old it was. I'm pretty sure it was a wind up, but I've heard this from a couple of sources.
            Not sure on taste, but it smelled more bovine than equine
             
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              Did the horse say "Neigh neigh, its a wind up"
               
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                I'm not sure the old gardener was the right end to hear what the horse said!:whistle:
                 
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                  Can safely *lol* say I won’t be tasting but oddly, I thought the smell was not offensive in the slightest
                   
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                    thanks Pete. That’s helpful to know. Planning on growing carrots and Parsnips in bags so fingers crossed I should be ok.
                     
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                      Parsnips and carrots (i like a roast parsnip or two) I'm not sure if bags will suffice. If you've got room in the raised bed I'd put them in there without the manure.
                      I'd grow those in a deep loam with a nice dressing of blood fish and bone raked in, maybe a bit of homemade compost if available.
                       
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