Monday, July 27, 2009
This past weekend, my brother and brother-in-law, stopped by with a large trailer load of, you guessed it, horse manure. The first words out of my mouth, naturally are, "You guys are definitely full of sh*t now. About a half dozen other ones followed. "You can definitely shovel the sh*t, Stop giving me your sh*t" , " I hope you didn't steal this stuff, that would make you a turd burglar", etc. etc.
Anyway, we then began to unload the load wheel barrow by wheel barrow on top of the rows of growing plants in my garden. My brother calls it "dressing the rows". He has always had a green thumb and has been reading gardening books for as long as I remember. The load of aged manure came from a horse farm local to my brother. He and my brother-in-law had done the same thing with their gardens weeks before and I had commented to my brother how well his plants were growing. So they brought me a trailer load for my garden. Awesome.
We "dressed the rows" with about 3 to 4 inches of the manure and stall sweepings. We shall see how things grow now. The garden has been going very slow due to the weather this year being so wet and cool. The manure keeps the rows covered from weeds and adds natural fertilizers to the soil. I also dressed the raspberry bushes with it too, for next year's harvest.