chicken manure is very loaded with ammonia I understand
but very good if let to age some, I'm not sure how long. I've heard the poultry farms actually sell it, it's in pretty high demand. Around here the big thing is loads of dirt from cotton gins. The dust and plant matter that accumulates during processing the cotton is suppose to be really good to spread and mix into your soil. The draw back is often loaded with weed seeds. Some co-workers have gotten loads, dumped them and sprayed the first year with contact weed killer as they sprouted then spread the next year. Of course, those are the guys that spend a lot of time comparing ideas and notes on growing golf green style lawns. Me? I just mow what ever comes up, although I have sprayed dandelions.
Most say that if you actually cut chicken manure in the fall before, maybe till it once or twice over the winter, it'll be ok unless you really piled it on. Most often recommended though is still aging and drying for a year at least before use. I've know people to spread it this spring over an area and not plant new gardens or decorative plant plots until next spring.
I doubt I'll need any. Since my wife died last year, I doubt I'll even try to do the two row tomatos, squash, zucchini, and bell pepper garden we did the last two years .I'm not very energetic when it comes to working in the yard for an hour or two most days after work then doing the housework too. Frankly I'm lazy.
I'm not even sure I'll keep all the decorative plants, bushes and trees. I just as soon not have them in the way when mowing. I would give them to my mother since she has always grown flower plots, however her age has her reducing her planting area because it's getting more difficult for her to keep them clear.
I am still dumping the kitchen vegtable scraps, coffee grounds and filters, dryer lint, etc., into a compost hopper. It's one of those you fill in the top and remove from the bottom. I've got a pile at the very back of the lot I threw last years annual potted flowers and soil, any yard trimmings etc. I am bad about not turning either as it should be. It will still break down, but if not turned it's slower, slimer, and can be smellier. Also not turned has more bugs and flying insects around it. The one thing I don't like about this plastic unit is since it's open bottom and you shovel it out a door in the side the bottom and ground actually tend to "join". Also the nutrients leak out enough around the bottom so that grass and weeds grown at an accelerated rate all around it. If moving it, I would consider pouring a small thin concrete slab to set it on. However, not sure it would ork as well if not connected to the ground, worms and such.
Even if I don't use it for any gardening, I'll probably keep composting the kitchen vegtable scraps etc. If I don't use it for anything else, when it gets full I'll spread it in the year in area that either are low or that appear to grow even grass poorly. There's just no sense in throwing all that in the trash. I'm not a big eco nut, but some things just make good sense. You could just spread such over the yard but it would be ugly, so let it compose a year in a bin.
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