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Horse, sheep and other manure


The horse manure it is rightly considered the best natural fertilizer. In fact, it contains the main fertilizing elements - nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium - in double quantities compared to bovine manure and even more compared to sheep manure, poultry (chicken manure), rabbit manure (rabbit manure) and pig manure.

But be careful not to use it fresh, a rule that actually applies to all types of manure, because you risk burning the roots or at least damaging the plants. The horse manure it is ripe and ready for use after 6-8 months of heap or fertilizer. It is suitable for all types of soil, but in particular for clayey ones which are naturally poor in nutrients.

The sheep manure it is less 'valuable' than horse manure but is particularly rich in nitrogen, which makes it suitable for fertilizing in autumn and at the end of winter. The need for nutritional elements of the various essences varies in fact according to the seasons and this, being able to choose, can make it preferable to use a type of manure rather than another.

In the vegetative and growing phase, plants need more nitrogen than phosphorus and potassium. For this it is advisable to choose a type of manure which has an N-P-K (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium) ratio of 2-1-1, i.e. a double quantity of nitrogen compared to the other basic elements.

Vice versa, for flowering and for the strengthening phase, types of manure with a quantity of phosphorus and potassium higher than that of nitrogen. A balanced fertilizer for plant maintenance, such as chemical ones sold in bags, has a 1-1-1 ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium on the label.

The bovine manure it is appreciated for fertilizing gardens and adapts well to sandy soils. It matures in about 6 months and contains 35 per thousand of nitrogen, 1.5 per thousand of phosphoric acid and 35 per thousand of potassium. In addition of course to many other substances useful for the growth of a piƱata such as magnesium, sulfur, iron and others.

There droppings, or chicken manure, consists of the excrements collected in the hen house together with parts of the litter which normally consists of wood shavings (in the case of horse, sheep or bovine manure the litter is almost always straw). If sand is used for the bedding of the chicken coop, the droppings is of poor quality. But if the litter is wooden, chicken manure is very rich in plant nutrients. Ripening takes 3-4 months.

There rabbit, or rabbit manure, is a little less rich in nutrients than manure, but it is treated and used in the same way as the latter. The use is the same as the chicken manure, preferably mixed with peat during ripening.



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