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planting bed prep

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by TLWR, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    We'll be ready to transplant some stuff outside in the next week or two.

    2 years ago we built 6 raised beds. Filled them with some used duck bedding (pine straw and oak leaves), layer of clay, duck bedding, layer of compost from the garden center - not great compost.

    Over time, it has broken down some and we have some nice dirt, but it has settled a lot. Could use some more something this year.

    What is a good topper to mix in to the top layer?
    I saw a CL posting a couple weeks ago about horse manure.
    I can get cow manure
    what is a good option to top dress/mix in?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Cow and horse manure should be composted first. I'd use finished compost. Fresh horse manure can bring in a lot of weed and grass seeds. Allowing that to heat in a compost pile first will kill a lot of it.
  3. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    I think it was composted, but would have to go back and find the cl ad.
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 7, 2012
    Do a little research regarding the Lasagna gardening method, then build up your bed with what you have locally available to you.

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