Using Manure As Natural Fertilizer In Your Compost

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By now you know the amazing benefits of compost – both environmentally as well as botanically. Living on a Homestead I’m blessed to have constant access to one of the most important components of my compost:  Manure.

The difference in the vigor of our growing veggie plants is pretty amazing when using this natural fertilizer. 

Recently RancherMan cleaned out the cattle trailer and I was quick to harvest this now easily-accessible precious material.

We have constant access to one of the most important components of my compost - Manure! Come read how we use this precious resource #TexasHomesteader

Compost: Black GOLD For The Garden!

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Several years ago I discovered the Easy Compost Guide. Really, it’s as simple as: add some ‘greens’ such as veggie peels or green plants, and ‘browns’ such as dried leaves, paper or cardboard. Keep it lightly wet like a wrung-out sponge and keep it mixed often to add oxygen. That’s it!

Since I have a *compost tumbler I am always in various stages of making compost. Whether I’m tossing in veggie peels or cores, adding cardboard or paper, or even weeds that have not yet gone to seed. I love this tumbler!

Actually now I also have a *Tandem Composter which is basically two separate enclosures on one stand. (Mine actually has two whole separate tumblers on one stand.)

That way when one side gets filled I can leave it to finish making the compost as I’m adding material to the other side. Let me tell ya it’s been game changing!

Composting Manure

Anyway, now that I have this aged manure I figured I’d add it to my compost tumbler. So I first gathered up a healthy portion of manure & tossed it into my tumbler, giving it a few quick turns to get everything mixed together.  

I’ve been so thrilled with this tumbler. My old manual method of taking a compost fork and turning the compost to get it to make that black gold was not very successful. That’s because I just couldn’t seem to keep it turned often enough.

Oh I still made compost. But usually only a very small amount each year because of my lack of action. It was just too hard to get my wire enclosure moved and the compost turned frequently enough.

Since obtaining my tumbler though, I simply give it a quick turn each time I dump something in there. Now I make compost in just a few weeks instead of several months.  I know I’m gushing but yes, I love it that much!

Anyway, after I had a healthy amount of manure in my tumbler I gathered the rest into a large bucket and dumped it into a now-idle place in my garden. 

Although I’m sure the manure is aged enough by now to be safe mixing into the soil around the plants themselves, using manure that’s too fresh is ‘hot’ and will burn your plants. I didn’t want to take that chance.

So I’ll allow it to sit here for a couple of weeks just to make sure, then I’ll mix it into the soil throughout my garden.

We have constant access to one of the most important components of my compost - Manure! Come read how we use this precious resource #TexasHomesteader

I’ll be planting a fall garden soon so this will definitely come in handy in that area as well.

Do you use manure in your compost or planting?


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9 thoughts on “Using Manure As Natural Fertilizer In Your Compost

  1. Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    When we clean the rabbit house as well as the chicken coop, it all goes into the compost! It makes such a wonderful difference! Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  2. Heather

    Every fall we get a truckload of horse manure from our friends and spread it all over the garden. It works beautifully! This year I actually planted my pumpkins in the left over pile of manure, and then have grown so well…will definitely be doing that again next year!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Heather – your friend benefits by getting rid of a byproduct of stall cleaning, your garden benefits by having healthier soil, you benefit by having a productive garden. Love it! ~TxH~

  3. Linda @ A La Carte

    What a great compost barrel. Thanks for sharing such a great idea at TTF.


  4. S. Johnson

    I would be really careful to know your source for manure. With GMOs being so prevalent in feed these days, it can kill your garden.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I guess that could be true – I’m very sure of my manure source since it comes from my animals. LOL ~TxH~

  5. Barb @ A Life in Balance

    I’ve thought about using manure in our compost, and worried a bit about the smell since we’re in a suburban area. Definitely something to look into next spring. Thanks for linking up at Fabulously Frugal Thursday.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Barb, properly aged manure has no smell. I’ve added manure to my compost even with the open system I used to have, mixed it in and there was no animal smell at all. Of course now with my tumbler there’s never any smell anyway, manure or not. Properly maintained compost doesn’t smell bad – it smells only earthy. If it begins to smell, it’s more than likely out of balance (usually too many greens or too wet – add some shredded paper or cardboard & mix thoroughly & the problem is rectified quickly.) ~TxH~


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