October 3, 2014 @ 12:28 PM

Now is the time we begin adding chicken manure to our raised garden beds, filling them with nitrogen to be used when we begin planting spring veggies.

Chicken manure is an ideal fertilizer; it has nearly 4 times the nitrogen and almost 12 times the potassium and phosphorus of dairy cow manure per ton.Only half to three-quarters of the nitrogen can be used in the year it's applied while the remainder breaks down over a period of years.

Chicken manure should be allowed to age at least 90 days before you plant anything in the soil so that any potential contaminants - such as salmonella and coliform - can be broken down and not transferred to your food. When chicken manure is added to growing plants you may eat food with direct soil ...

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