How to Add Manure to Compost


Using manure in the compost pile is an excellent way to add nitrogen to the decomposing organic material. Horse, cow, goat or other large animal manure is suitable for the compost pile. Dog, cat and human waste should never be used and disposed of separately. Manure for the compost pile can be purchased in large bags from any garden center, garden nursery or farm feed store.

Step 1

Fill the compost bin with 8 to 10 inches of yard waste including brown leaves and pine needles. You can also add kitchen waste such as eggshells and coffee grounds. Water the yard waste until it is fully wet.

Step 2

Add 2 to 3 inches of manure on top of the yard waste and water the pile a second time.

Step 3

Continue to add 2 to 3 inches of manure for every 8 to 10 inches of yard or kitchen waste in the compost pile. Water after each addition to the bin.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel


  • Virginia Cooperative Extension: Making Compost From Yard Waste
  • University of Illinois Extension: Create a Compost Pile
  • "Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening" the Editors of Organic Gardening and Farming Magazine; 1975
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