horse manure

shirley cowan asked 12 years ago
I got a delivery of fresh horse manure two weeks ago I have it covered and was told that it will be ready to use between 3-6 weeks. Can I believe that? I saw very fresh manure covering rose bushes in Phoenix Park yesterday so maybe its ok to do it.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
Fresh horse manure will not break down that quickly and it needs to be well rotted for use on a vegetable garden, though less well rotted for use on blackcurrants, raspberries and rhubarb.

It should not be used on other fruits, but could be used on roses, although it tends to make them soft and prone to blackspot disease if too much is used, or if it is not balanced with potash.