The first good feed in years

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….

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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9 Responses to The first good feed in years

  1. We had just discovered such a source when the lockdown began. They bag it up and leave the loads outside their gate. All they ask is that you return bags when you next collect.

  2. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Nothing like a good manure supply to help the garden

  3. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I have had the same problem of lack of manure. I make loads of compost but not nearly enough! I watched a video of Charles Dowding doing his no-dig thing and ‘spread a 6 inch layer of compost…’ Dream on! Last year I asked again at the organic dairy farm up the road and because they now know me better this time the answer was ‘yes’. They deliver it by tractor and dump it on the driveway and I barrow it a bit at a time up the hill to the veg patch. Last year I made compost heaps with a layer of green stuff and kitchen waste, a layer of manure, a sprinkle of old charcoal and/or wood ash then another of green…. It isn’t fully worked but it is going on the beds anyway – they were very hungry!

    • Helen says:

      Great that you can now get manure from the local organic dairy and that they deliver!

      I tend to put not quite finished on my beds, too. I’ve also used it recently to fill up pots, which has worked in previous years 😊

      I wonder where Charles Dowding gets all his compost from? It certainly takes a lot to get 6 inches deep.

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    I gather that it is not legal to transport manure for sale so it has to be collect yourself. We’ve bought it for 50p a bag for a number of years- it’s best to leave it to rot down more. The garden really has reaped the rewards in terms of soil quality and worms.

    • Helen says:

      I didn’t realise that it might be illegal to transport manure for sale. I wonder how garden centres can sell it – perhaps if it has been sterilised and bagged it is considered safer.

      Anyway, glad to hear your garden benefited so much from it, Cathy.

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