Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Chicken Manure Compost

If there's one thing other than eggs and meat that chickens are useful for, it has to be poop. Good thing that gardens love it!

Using Chicken Manure as Compost

Animal manures have been a valuable addition to planting soils for hundreds of years. Manure provides substantial amounts of nutrients for plants including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Chicken manure contains more nitrogen than almost any other type which aids in strong leaf and stem growth. However, adding fresh chicken manure to gardens can burn the leaves and the roots of plants. Aging chicken manure, like aging fine wine, mellows out the nitrogen content and balances the main nutrients to nourish the soil more effectively.

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