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Question: sheep manure


Ciao Giardino.it I am Emilia my question is this: sheep dung provides the right nourishment to tomato, pepper, eggplant plants, etc. that is to all the garden?

Sheep manure: Answer: sheep manure


Dear Emilia,
the dung of animals contains a lot of nitrogen, in the form of urea, and other substances that degrade slowly, adding a contribution also with regard to the texture of a soil, making it more soft and permeable. Unfortunately, however, as with all dung, even sheep dung cannot be used as soon as it has been laid by the animal, first of all because the volatile substances it contains and the high concentration of nitrogen would burn the plants; in addition to this, with the passing of the days the manure decomposes, fermenting, and therefore heating up a lot; this effect is not healthy for plants, on the contrary, it is very harmful. Any type of animal droppings must be "matured", that is to say the collection of animal excrements, possibly mixing them with straw or hay (generally the residues of their food or bedding, it is not necessary to add more); with this material a mound is formed, so that the manure piled up tends to decompose more quickly, just as it does with the composter. Within a few months, about 6-7, the manure will completely lose the unpleasant smell, and will take on the appearance of earthworm humus or peat soil; or it will become dark, damp and fresh, with a hint of soil. At this point it can easily be used to mulch the plants, during particularly cold or hot and dry periods, or as a fertilizer, just as is done with cow manure. Consider that sheep manure tends to be particularly rich in nitrogen, so it is excellent to use in autumn and late winter fertilizations. In these cases, we tend to spread the fertilizer on the ground, and then we hoe it a little, to bury it, to prevent it from drying in the sun.