Ever since we’d started going to Red Lodge Farm near Wakefield for our raw milk, we’d pass a stables which offered ‘Free Manure’. The first time, I lodged it in the back of my mind for future reference; and thereafter I wondered if this would be the day I plucked up the courage to look into the matter further.
Finally, a couple of weeks ago, I stopped off at the stables and discovered that there was a heap round the back which I could just help myself to. So, yesterday I remembered an old compost bag and forked as much manure into it as I could.
I had hoped that by now there would be enough compost ready from the Green Johanna to give the rhubarb a feed. However, it is still nowhere near the state I would like it to be in to spread around the garden. So, the manure is a boon indeed.
Previously, I had been in two minds about the use of manure: possible antibiotic contamination and unwanted seeds in it. On the other hand, I now have an abundant supply, which I don’t need to make a special journey for. So, having seen how easy it is to obtain a bag, I’ve started plotting where else in the garden would benefit….