A home vegetable garden is a great add-on to a house. Not only does it look beautiful with its colorful veggies, but it can also act as the health storehouse. With markets flooded with chemically induced vegetables that provide more harm than health, it is a good option to try growing vegetables at home. Once you get the taste of homegrown vegetables, chances are that you won’t find taste elsewhere. Contrary to popular notion, cultivating vegetables is not difficult, once you know how to go on about it. If you have got a little space, you can cultivate a host of vegetables that can greatly reduce your dependence on commercial ones. The best way to grow them is to provide them with excellent nutrition, not through fertilizers but with the use of organic matter preferably manure. Manure will keep the soil rich in nutrition that will help in the growth of healthy and tasty vegetables. Thus, an organic home garden can be your new way to life. To know more, go through the article below for tips on adding manure to the home vegetable garden.
Adding Manure To Home Vegetable Garden
- The first step on adding manure to the home vegetable garden is to obtain the manure. You can get manure from the local horticultural store or from cattle breeders.
- Decide on the type of manure you want to use. There is a huge variety from which you can choose from like chicken, cow, and horse. You can also go for green manures like alfalfa, winter rye, and buckwheat.
- Never use dog, cat, or human manure.
- If the manure is fresh, then you have to keep it for a long time in the garden soil before planting. The fresher the manure, the longer you need to keep it.
- The best is to lay the manure during the winter months so that the soil has plenty of time to absorb the nutrients.
- After adding the manure to the soil, it must be worked in. Use any garden tool like, a pitchfork, garden tiller etc to till the soil. Make the soil loose so that it can effectively mix with the manure. Break down both the soil and the manure so that they are easy to mix.
- Two weeks before planting, work the soil again so as to spread the nutrients in the soil.
- In households, the best is the chicken manure as they are easily available.
- The aged chicken manure can be directly added into the garden soil by mixing it into the dirt around the plants. You can age the chicken manure by allowing it to sit for 3 to 4 months outside. Take care that you protect it from rain or moisture.
- Mix 45 lb. of chicken manure for every 100 square feet of soil.
- The best is to use chicken manure as an amendment to the other compost pile. The chicken manure boosts the beneficial bacteria and also increases the overall nutritional density. When using chicken manure along with other compost, lay the manure in a layer along with the wet and dry organic material.
- Every two weeks turn the compost heap and keep it slightly moist by sprinkling water. When the chicken manure-organic compost mixture is dark in color, then it is ready for use.
- Another method is to fill a 5-gallon bucket with 4 gallons of water. Now fill a sock with chicken manure and close the opening with a knot. Drop the sock into the bucket and place it in the sun for two to three days. Use this nutrient rich water to water your vegetable garden regularly. This is one of the best and easiest ways to deliver nutrients to the vegetable garden.