Is goat droppings a good fertilizer

Nutrients for the vegetable patch Fertilize with stable manure from horses, cattle, sheep and chicken

1st year: tomato, leek, cabbage, celery
2nd year: cucumber, kohlrabi, endive
3rd year: lettuce, lamb's lettuce, onion

The manure should not be spread fresh, but should be deposited for at least six months. Ideally, the manure is mixed with organic material such as grass clippings, straw and leaves and composted together. During storage, the manure decomposes and germs die.

Gardening consultant Brigitte Goss recommends that anyone who fertilizes with manure should have their soil examined regularly - every two to three years - by means of a soil analysis. This gives you an overview of the nutrient supply, reduces the risk of over-fertilization and, above all, of the accumulation of phosphates in the soil. A good time to bring the deposited manure to the bed is in spring, when the plants are in the ground.

Important for the nutrient content: the bedding material

Animal manure actually contains all of the nutrients necessary to feed plants. Nevertheless, when using deposited manure as fertilizer, the plants have to be given additional nitrogen in the second or third year, for example in the form of horn shavings. The litter material (straw, shavings) on which the animals stand and which is contained in the manure plays a role here. The existing nitrogen is consumed by bacteria in the decomposition of sawdust and straw. Then there may not be enough for heavily consuming crops such as tomatoes or cabbage.

Store the manure in a sheltered place

It is still widespread to dig up the bed in autumn and simply work in the fresh manure. This used to be common, but due to changed weather conditions, such as late winter and heavy precipitation, these procedures are no longer recommended without reservation. The nutrients in the fresh manure can be washed out in a fallow field, and nitrates can get into the groundwater. Valuable ingredients are lost in this way. Manure is stored in a pile with the smallest possible floor space. The rent should definitely be covered with a tarpaulin. Rainwater should not be able to collect there either. Never store more than you can use next spring. In the home garden, manure is ideally mixed with leaves or put on the compost with the garden waste.

A new fertilizer ordinance has been in effect in conventional agriculture since 2017, which also strictly regulates the storage of manure. This regulation is not mandatory for hobby gardeners, but hobby gardeners should also orientate themselves on it to protect the environment and our drinking water.