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post #11 of 18 Old 01-05-2011, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by CinnabarBoGracie View Post
We have a well and dump our manure far from where it can soak into the ground into our water system.
Be careful and make sure that when you dump manure it's not where it can get into anyone's water supply.

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Good thing to remember! We're on a well, too, and have to be careful. Our garden is a bit close to the well - but the manure piles are not concentrated in that area. Then again, horse manure isn't nearly as bad as chicken. We have to thoroughly compost chicken poo before we can use it...

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post #12 of 18 Old 01-06-2011, 07:29 PM
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A lot of gardening people will take it off your hands if they know its available. A lot of kids here will bag it up and sell it for pocket money. Often when your driving around you will see a sign for Horse Manure often just for a couple of dollars.
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post #13 of 18 Old 01-06-2011, 07:47 PM
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you may want to see if your town has a comunity garden area or any garden clubs, they may be willing to take some of it off your hands
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post #14 of 18 Old 01-07-2011, 08:01 AM
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COTH just had a thread on this issue and the members posted some good links and information.
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post #15 of 18 Old 01-07-2011, 08:08 AM
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I will second the book Loves2ride suggested. Great book.

Another option for pest control is fly predators. They work great.
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post #16 of 18 Old 01-07-2011, 08:12 AM
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I was going to reccomend composting it as well. People will take it off your hands for their gardens. Also we have a ten foot heavy duty gate that we put on it's side and attach to our riding mower. It makes for an excellent and cheap spreader. When we use it there is virtually no manure left. But I don't know if it would be a great idea on 1/2 acre because my horses have the option to poop here and eat there. Might be worth a try.

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post #17 of 18 Old 01-08-2011, 04:36 PM
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Gardens are wonderful for depositing manure in. Spread it out, give it a day or so to dry some, and work it in. In summer go out, take a fork and spread the manure around. In no time, the weather will take care of it.
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post #18 of 18 Old 01-08-2011, 04:42 PM
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I'm guessing with a 1/3 of an acre paddock, dragging isn't going to be an option. (SUJ, with larger acreage, I absolutely agree with you - dragging/harrowing is a great way to manage manure. We use a homemade drag too.)

And while spreading fresh manure on a garden can work if you're careful, I suspect the OP's neighbor's wouldn't notice any difference in the sight and smell of fresh manure in the garden and fresh manure in a paddock.

To the OP - if there are commercial greenhouses or yard and garden centers near you; you might very well work a deal with them to haul your manure away. Hobby and backyard gardens tend to only want the composted manure in the spring, when they're first working the soil - they tend not to be a reliable, year round resource.
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