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2/11/11 10:35 P

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I am not sure about the hormones but I would think they would come through. A lot of dairies no longer use hormones so you might want to check to see if the even do. A lot of the stores are selling "hormone free" milk, even some store brands say the farms that produce their milk pledge not to use hormones which is very good to see!

Burning plants is only one problem that fresh maure can give you. E-coli and other pathogens can be present. The manure really needs to either be composted and allowed to really heat up to destroy the pathogens or it needs to age a season or two. We have cows and DH usually takes the tractor and cleans up where the cows eat hay. He pushes the manure and hay into piles and we let it age fo a season and then use it carefully.

Even though is is a natural product we are still mindful of the problems that it can have. We are careful to not splash it on the plant any more than we have to either. But it is still generally safe, don't want to scare you too much, LOL!

Here are some helpful links:

"Manures can be a great way to add organic matter to a home garden. I'm for it. However, be mindful of a few things:"


See appendix "G" on this page:


Some tips on composting and other "green" ideas:


Hope this helps!

Edited by: HUMAN_HERE at: 2/11/2011 (22:38)
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2/7/11 11:26 A

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I know. I know... not a very pleasant topic name, but it is what I need to know. I have a family at my school that raises dairy cows, but I'm not sure if they use hormones or not. I would like to purchase some of their manure to use in my garden (lots of clay soil-- have to add large amounts of blood meal, peat, bone meal, etc. to it every year.) I have two questions and I'm hoping that someone on the Team has experience in this area.

1) If the family does use hormones with their cows, will that come through the manure?

2) I have never used manure in my garden before, but have read a lot about it. Most of the wisdom states that you should till it in your garden at the end of fall so it can "season" over the winter and not burn your plants. We usually get a good thaw at the end of February or beginning of March. Now, since my soil is VERY clay-based, I obviously wouldn't till at that time as the ground would be severely wet. BUT-- could I put the manure on top of the soil at this time (perhaps briefly shovel it under)? Our last frost-date here is Memorial Day weekend, so the only thing that I usually put in ground before that date is perhaps a few beets, potatoes, and sweet pea seeds. What do you all think? Would that be enough time to "season" the manure??

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