Can you grow veges in pure manure?

by Tim Daugherty
(Blackwell, Missouri)

I just renew my interest in gardening last year after a 17 year hiatus. I was fortunate enough to get a steady supply of 3 year old horse manure which I filled my raised beds with. My plants really took off, had some pretty decent crops (pumpkins, pole beans, bush beans, squash and gourds) My potatoes didn't fare too well and neither did my onions. In fact, my onions sprouted, grew to about ten inches tall, then they started disappearing. Thought the neighbors were helping themselves, but then found out the bulbs were rotting and the critters were getting the tops.

My question is this - I have no other fill in my raised beds except for the manure. Do I need to add soil as an additive, is the straight manure lacking in the necessary soil particles to maintain good growth?

If I can get through being techno challenged, I will try to download pics from last years garden. Am really proud of the size of my plants, but not of the results on certain items.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanking everyone in advance

Blackwell Tim

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Oct 26, 2013
by: Anonymous

I use pure composted horse manure for growing garlic and it will do great for alot of things but the first year you grow the nitrogen can make too much plant and no fruit like squash,tomatoes but you don't have to mix it.

Jun 08, 2013
Can't grow summer squash
by: Anonymous

I'd like to know how to grow summer squash in my raised bed garden. It has composted manure in it; everything does ok except yellow squash - they never make anything!

Help, thanks :)


Oct 18, 2012
Pure horse manure not recommended
by: Carl

Horse manure is problematic for various reason, not the least of which is the high salt content. If you must use it, mix it with at least five parts soil to one part manure. Start making compost to balance out your soil health.

Hope this helps

Jan 29, 2011
Do not try to grow anything in pure anything.
by: Robert Bradford

Good compost is made from a variety of organic items. The best compost is made from a multitude of items. This is the idea behind Square Foot Gardening and Lasagna Gardening. What is missing in one ingredient will be supplied by the next.
A master plumber once told me that an expert is a former drip under pressure. I believe that an expert is anyone who agrees with me. Try a many many ingredient compost and see if you agree.

Jan 29, 2011
Manure garden
by: Marvin

Tim- Manure will be lacking in some nutrients and may be just too strong - even when aged.

Mix the manure with the soil - shovel or tiller. You should get better results.

Marvin Shelley, Real Estate Broker
Rural property specialist

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