In one our my earlier blogs I mentioned how excited I was to live in a rural area and to have cool neighbors with a horse.
Today I got to go over and collect as much manure as I wanted. Turns out that their horse doesn't like to eat near where she does her business so they need to remove the manure from the field. It's a win win. They get the work done and I get free manure. I can honestly say I was super excited collecting two wheelbarrows full.
This lot went into our last Hugelkultur bed on top of some rotting wood. The garden has wood only on one side so I can see what difference it actually makes. I then topped it up with garden mix, some blood and bone and lime.
Ideally I would have liked to leave it for a few months but really I only have a few weeks. It's a bit risky but I figure a few weeks with the rain we have coming will give the worms a bit if time. Also this lot of manure has been in the field for a bit.
Moving forward I'll try to collect it regularly and pile it up for compost to add to the beds each spring. They gave me some composted stuff earlier in the season and it is in the greenhouse. The capsicums are going gangbusters and one has already got some small fruit starting to form.
Natural and free. Two of my favorite things!
It's awesome having cool neighbors.