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Posted September 26, 2011 - 07:26 PM

I try to plow it in the day I put it down because is stinks to high heaven! So it gets covered right away ,then...then I cover it with contractors black plastic ,not that bio crap it makes a horrific mess the next spring. I use the heavy stuff for a few seasons before it gets too tattered to be easy to handle.
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Posted September 26, 2011 - 08:42 PM

Out here we call that the money smell...!!!

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Posted September 28, 2011 - 10:04 PM

....... Horse poo is a waste of time, they prosess there food too well. .......

Hey Skyrydr I am curious as to the knowledge behind this. We shoveled on and off a small trailer load of horse doo last fall, the poop was free but if thats not the right type I may need to look for another source. Thanks for any enlightenment.
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Posted September 29, 2011 - 10:48 AM

Not entirely sure, but its a chemistry thing, not much nitrogen in it I guess ? Just know it doesn't work nearly ad well as cow poo or my favorite, chicken poop . Also heard it takes years to break down ? This I know to be true, as we keep the stuff seperated on the farm. No one wants horse poo only the cow poo . Some even ask for goat droppings, but we don't have any of them.
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Posted October 01, 2011 - 06:51 PM

Leave it to me to start a thread about plowing and the topic gets changed to POO! Where'd I go wrong?

Edited by KennyP, October 02, 2011 - 07:41 AM.


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Posted October 02, 2011 - 07:41 AM

Dang it, I ran everyone off!

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Posted October 02, 2011 - 07:48 AM

Still a good subject Kenny........I started a manure thread but got little response....appreciate the info here.....

Plowed under one plot yesterday, have to dig the rest of my potatoes and do the other today....I have a potato question, but am debating whether to start a thread on it?

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Posted October 02, 2011 - 07:54 AM

poncho62, If you post it, They will answer... Go ahead and start your new thread.

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Posted October 02, 2011 - 08:02 AM

I could use some more info on taters. I might have room next year to try some.

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Posted February 20, 2012 - 07:21 PM

I know this thread is from last fall but I am asking the same question.

The only difference is, I have about 3 acres that is still in grass/hay. Can I still turn it under this spring and be able to plant? I am looking at a vaiety of vegetables. Tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, carrots, maybe sweetcorn.

What would be the best way to get this land ready for planting?

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Posted February 26, 2012 - 01:19 PM

I'd turn it as soon as the frost, if you get frost, is out of the ground. Then some deep tilling with either a tined cultivator or a roto-tiller across the original pattern. After that you'll likely want to do something to break up the clumps...especially if you have heavy clay soil. I recommend discing or roto-tilling for that. Wait a couple weeks then do a shallow till with either a tined cultivator or a rototiller.

If you can, and my understanding that universities or ag departments do this for free in parts of the US, get a soil sample tested. They'll be able to tell you what nutrients you lack and how to get them back into the soil (this is where a lot of the different types of manure discussed above come into play). Make sure any manure you use is well-rotted so you get the nutrients without the pathogens. Add those nutrients after the second deep tilling but before the shallow tilling so the nutrients are buried but still accessible to the plants.

You will still have weeds...grasses are especially hard to kill...so keep your rows far enough apart for easy maintenance with your equipment. Spend a little time every day in the garden with a hoe and maybe a couple of beer. Hoe between the plants using a shallow cut.

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Posted February 26, 2012 - 01:42 PM

I got about 50 yards of horse poo free last year. put half of it on an acre and plowed it down and piled the rest for next year. Stuff was 75% saw dust and should mellow the ground quit well.

I to what to try the black plastic trick to warm the ground earlier for sweet corn.




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