planting bed prep

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  1. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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

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

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    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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