Avoiding Manure in Compost

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Why to avoid manure and bodily substances in compost heaps or compost bins in order to keep everything natural in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi. This is Yolanda Vanveen on behalf of Expert Village. In this series, we've learned all about composting and how to start your own compost heap. And a question I get asked a lot and a question I've asked a lot too is: why do people use manure in their garden? Well, it is great organic material, and it gives plants lots of nutrition. Once it's aged, once it's sat in a pile for a while, there's really not many pathogens in it. That's what they say. But, I still have a policy in my garden; I don't allow any bodily fluids or any part of any carcass in my garden because it's my garden. It's not a cemetery and I really want my plants to grow well. And why would I use anything like that in my garden and risk my children playing in it when I have leaf clippings, I have grass clippings, I have branches I can break down and make my own compost and mulch with. There's a lot of people that still use manure in their garden and it works wonderfully for them. And it would work wonderfully for me too, but I choose to garden totally naturally, not using any bodily substances. So, next we will talk about problems with deer, rodents and mice in your compost heap.