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31/01/2014 at 21:00
Today I acquired two thing. A bag of fresh horse manure, and 2 bags of used coffee grounds. As a newbie gardener, I need se Help on what to do with both! Most of my gardening will be container based, so nothing's filled yet, and my new border in the front hasn't been dug yet... There's just one empty border there at the moment!
31/01/2014 at 21:09


I would not use fresh manure to allow it to rot a while yet.

Coffee grounds I would use as a mulch.  

31/01/2014 at 21:38

I would mix them together, cover to stop the rain getting in, and let them compost until spring.  I think you'll have some lovely stuff by then.

01/02/2014 at 17:30

What should I keep it in? And where!? Should I add anything to it or do anything?

01/02/2014 at 17:56

Hi Loganberry

I would keep the horse manure in a strong garden rubbish bag tied and leave it in the garden. You can keep the coffee grounds in a tight plastic container and use it as needed-do you have a composter? I put mine in there.


Happy gardening.

01/02/2014 at 19:09

No composter and no room for one doesn't the manure need air to rot properly?

01/02/2014 at 19:30

Yes. Forgot to mention to make a few holes in the bags.

01/02/2014 at 22:15

Have you got stable manure including urine soaked straw or droppings picked up from a field? 

You can use the latter on the garden as it is, though I wouldn't put it on babies. It's the ammonia in the urine that does the plant damage and the straw that needs rotting down. 

I get droppings and they're spread on the garden on delivery.

03/02/2014 at 10:15
I got some coffee grounds the other day from Starbucks, I've heard they are good for the garden but not sure what to do with them. I was going to post about it then found this. The consensus seems to be to put them in the compost bin but then the mixing them with eggshells idea seem quite good, although I don't have any Hostas (yet!)
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