Green City Garden Girl: What Manure is Best for my Garden?

| 6/17/2010 2:34:23 PM

KyLynn Hull

KyLynn Hull is a stay-at-home mom and dabbles in many things including writing, urban farming and raising backyard chickens. She writes regularly for garden and food blog, Green City Garden Girl - Bound by the Seasons.

I never thought I’d say this, but I love my chicken’s poop. The power of chicken poop does not go unnoticed in my household, and we consider it a top commodity. It has turned my garden into luscious gold—“gardener’s gold” as many call it. I don’t know if you know this or not, but there’s a hierarchy in the poop world.

No matter the source, manure is the perfect fertilizer. This is nothing new, but some poop is better than others.

On the lower end is horse and cow manure. While horse and cow manure possess a bulky, humus-rich finish, its lower levels of important elements—nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium—shove it to the lower end of the spectrum.

Next is sheep and goat manure. They produce a better poop than their larger counterparts. It breaks down easily and can be spread right on the garden in the spring without aging. The pellet-size poop is also very easy to collect.