am trying to improve the soil quality of one of my gardens
should I use a compost or another option? I have available to me,
at a low cost, horse manure. The garden has a few young natives
in it and I am wanting to plant flowering plants there as well.
horse manure is very good for the garden. Make sure it is well rotted,
though, and not fresh. Fresh manure will burn plant roots. If the
horse manure has sawdust with it, make sure the sawdust is from
Compost, peat, lawn clippings,
straw, rotted hay and silage, to name a few, are all good for the
garden to build up the soil. Sheep manure pellets and Garden Galore
are also good additions to improve soil structure.
Horse manure (and other
organic materials, like compost, etc) is high in nitrogen and good
for plant growth.
You may like to add to
the soil before planting an application of either a general garden,
rose fertiliser, Magamp or Osmocote at the recommended rate.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
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