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Old 05-11-2018, 08:34 AM
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Morning All,

So I usually use dehydrated manure in my garden area before I plant and this year I was able to get few weeks old cow manure from a farm down the road in Lebanon CT.

My question is, I just had a small bucket loader dump it in my garden area and I raked it in on top for the time being before tilling in........Can I plant my Roma Tomato plants and Basil plants in there at the end of this month around memorial day or first week of june?

I am worried now after everything I have read as to not use fresh cow manure in the planting area....I have two very young kids and I was reading too about E.Coli and other things.....

Only thing I can do is try to hoe it all out of the garden area into a wheel barrel since I didn't til it in yet...

Any insight as to if I would be ok or should I get rid of it off the top layer?

Thanks for all the help cause my mind is really racing right now.
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Old 05-11-2018, 10:21 AM
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Probably get more opinions in the Garden forum. Post this there or maybe have a mod move it there.

I will say that you have a chance at burning the young plants for sure with kinda fresh Manure. I don't even put rotted manure straight into the garden. I put it in my compost pile. Let any bad bacteria burn off and not risk burning plants.

I would say wheel it out of there for now and pile it somewhere until Fall then you can till it in.
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Old 05-11-2018, 01:32 PM
Location: Connecticut
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Your thread is off topic to the Connecticut forum and is being moved to the Garden forum where it will get more responses. JayCT, Moderator
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Old 05-11-2018, 02:09 PM
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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It's probably too fresh to use directly in the garden right now.

What you can do is take a half a shovel full or so and have it soak in a 5 gallon of water. Let that ferment for a week or so and use it as a booster when you water the plants. Refresh as necessary.
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Old 05-11-2018, 02:52 PM
Location: Boydton, VA
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In my experience, cow manure is not that hot....say after a month. Till it in, you should be fine....but expect a lot of weeds.

"Cow manure is the 'coldest'; that is, the least Nitrogen rich. But that's not a bad thing; too much Nitrogen gives you big plants with few to no fruits and flowers. And cow manure is the most balanced of the barnyard manures, making it very appropriate for all garden uses" link

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