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compost or manure?

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Carol10-Apr-05 01:15 PM EST 5a   
Rocks11-Apr-05 02:16 PM EST 6b   
Carol12-Apr-05 12:47 PM EST 5a   
Cliff26-Apr-05 05:23 PM EST 6b   

Subject: compost or manure? Trimming back?
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 10-Apr-05 01:15 PM EST

Hi, I have two questions; I am trying to prep my garden, should I use manure, or compost? Also, should I cut back butterfly bush, and hollyhocks?

Subject: RE: compost or manure?
From: Rocks
Zone: 6b
Date: 11-Apr-05 02:16 PM EST

I have never used manure, but have always heard that if you do use it, it must be well rotted, or you will get a ton of weeds from any undigested seeds that are in there. Also I've heard that it can burn your plants if it's too fresh. I always use compost with great results.

About the butterfly bush, now is the time to cut it back, to a few inches above ground. It flowers on new growth, and will come back really well.

As for hollyhocks, you must be talking about last years flower stalks? Yes, cut them back, to the ground, and you can clean up any brownish or dry leaves on the plant. I used to cut mine back almost to the ground each spring and clean up the area real well as I had a problem with rust and weevils. But not anymore...I grew tired of the extra work, and the rust and weevils came back anyway, so I took them all out last year, and will put in more butterfly bushes in their place.

Subject: RE: compost or manure?
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 12-Apr-05 12:47 PM EST

Thanks Rocks.

Subject: RE: compost or manure?
From: Cliff
Zone: 6b
Date: 26-Apr-05 05:23 PM EST

Manure is good to put down in the fall once your garden is done, especially if it is relatively fresh. Give it time to break down over the winter and the goodness goes into the soil. If it is composted manure,(should be black in colour), you can put it on any time

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