1. Horse manure is shockingly not stinky!
2. Horse manure is lighter than it seems like it will be. I took two 18 gallon storage totes with lids and even when they were filled to the top, I was able to lift them out of my minivan and move them to the compost area.
3. The horse who donated the material gave me kisses and nibbled my hair the whole time I was shoveling his poop, so that made the work actually quite delightful!
4. If you tell your co-workers who garden that you have access to horse manure, you instantly become more popular!
5. If you offer horse poop to your sister for her garden, she will think you are demented.
6. When you tell your elementary school age kids that you brought home a load of horse poop, they will think you are the coolest mom in the world!
I added a thick layer of the manure to my existing compost pile and then used the rest to start a new pile near one of my banana patches. I made arrangements with The Mango Lady to come by every week for a fresh batch of manure, so I expect to be able to produce huge amounts of good compost for use all over my garden. The Mango Lady uses horse manure for her fruit trees and they are productive and delicious so I want to follow her example.
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