Q. Can I use manure as a soil amendment?
A. Composted manure is a good organic soil amendment. While the nutrient value of composted manure can vary significantly, it adds organic content, which can lead to improved soil structure. Good soil structure is essential for a healthy garden. Improving soil structure makes the soil easier to work, improves water absorption, holding capacity, drainage, and aeration. Composted manure can provide a slow release of nitrogen into the soil, feeding plants over time instead of providing a quick release that may burn plants. Fresh manure should never be used during the growing season since it has a high salt content and has the potential to burn plants. To prevent the possible introduction of bacteria or parasites, pet waste should not be applied to vegetable gardens.