How to Use Chicken Compost in Your Garden

Overview

Many gardeners are choosy about the compost they use on their gardens. A much sought-after compost ingredient is chicken manure. Due to its extremely high nitrogen content, and significant potassium and phosphorus contents, many gardeners prefer to use chicken manure for their planting areas. It is important to allow fresh chicken manure time to age in a compost bin. This means that the manure must be given time to cure because raw chicken manure that has not cured may burn plants with the level of nitrogen present.

Step 1

Check your curing chicken compost to determine if it's ready to use on your growing areas. If it is dark, crumbly and smells like earth after two months, it is ready to apply to a growing area.

Step 2

Remove the compost from the compost bin and place it into the wheelbarrow. Transport the chicken compost to the growing areas where you will apply it.

Step 3

Add the chicken compost to a new growing area that you have not planted yet by pouring it out from the wheelbarrow. Use the garden spade to work the compost deep into the soil. Incorporate the compost down at least 6 inches into the soil so that the compost and the soil are well mixed. Rake the surface of the soil smooth to finish preparing this growing area.

Step 4

Add the chicken compost to a growing area that already has plants growing by carefully adding small shovelfuls of the compost around the plants. Do not allow the compost to touch the plants directly, but add it around the plants approximately 4 to 6 inches away from the plants. Use a hand spade to work the compost into the soil around the plants, being careful not to disturb the root systems of the plants.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never use chicken compost that has not sufficiently cured. You may burn your plants with excessive nitrogen if the compost does not cure for at least two months.

Things You'll Need

  • Chicken compost
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Shovel
  • Garden spade
  • Rake
  • Hand spade

References

  • Chicken Manure
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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributer to Natural News. She is an avid gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and computer user. She is interested in natural health and hopes to direct her focus toward earning an RN degree.