Monday, July 27, 2009

Pooper Scooper

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.


amarkonmywall said...

The garden looks lovely! How does it smell? I imagine it will grow well with all this natural fertilizer. Here from your sister's place- I've been happily following her bunnies, birds and pup for a couple years now. Good luck with your blog and welcome to the neighborhood!

LauraHinNJ said...

(marveling at the sweetness of my friends...)

You guys tho are full of horse poop!


Richie hasn't mentioned tomatoes yet. I want a 'mater ripe and warm from the sun.


LauraHinNJ said...

And hey! There's piles of bunny fertilizer if you want it!

ReluctantChickenFarmer said...

Believe it or not, the manure has no smell. It is apparently aged well. A little ammonia smell at first, but not problem. I also have a garbage can buried in the ground in which to make manure tea with chicken droppings. Thats real nasty and a topic for another post.