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I know I've got to keep horse manure (fresh today) for 6+ months  before use.  At the moment it is in black plastic bags. Should I tip it out onto the garden or will it be ok in the sacks?  If it is ok in the sacks should I make holes in them?  thanks, Maggie

Shrinking Violet

My neighbour gave me some of this magic stuff.  I put some on the compost heap (it aids decomposition, I believe) and kept the rest in sacks.  I didn't puncture the bags, since the moisture would leak out, but after a few months, it was mature enough to use on the garden.  It was especially valuable (too late for this season) as an additive to the trench where the runner/climbing French beans were planted.  Must have been good - I have never had such a prolific and early crop before - and this after, as we know, a long, cold and wet spring!

It's a wonderful way to breed worms too. If you take a couple from your compost heap and pop them into the bag, leave an air pocket at the top with maybe a tiny hole or two (push a pencil through) and you will be amazed at the number of worms you have after a few months.

Busy-Lizzie

I have horses, so I just leave it in a pile for a year until it is black.

thanks all.  I will toss a couple of spadeful in the compost and find a few worms to help the bags along.  Maggie

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jking715

Hello

I have two bags (plastic) of horse manure which have been tied up for 3 months outside my house. I have just opened them to look in and there are hundreds of minute black flies on in both bags. No smell but manure is dry but soft . Is this normal ? And can it be used with all those flies?? Any help please

Dovefromabove

Absolutely fine and normal ... the flies will disappear when you use the manure.  

Iamweedy

It must be quite difficult trying to get the horses to poop into the bags though.

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