Manure creates nutrient-rich, moisture-retaining soil for your plants.
The most common sources of manure are cows, horses, sheep, pigs, goats, and poultry.
(Other animal waste is generally not recommended as manure or fertilizer today.)
See our chart below for the best type of manure for your garden—and the best time to apply.
|Type of Garden||Best Type of Manure||Best Time to Apply|
|Flower||cow, horse||early spring|
|Vegetable||chicken, cow, horse||fall, spring|
|Potato or root crop||chicken, cow, horse||fall, spring|
| Acid-loving plants |
(blueberries, azaleas, mountain laurel, rhododendrons)
|cow, horse||early fall or not at all|