What types of manure are there and what are their characteristics?

To have a dream garden you need to have a lot of patience, and take care of it in the best possible way, using products that are respectful of both the plants and the fauna they attract and that, in one way or another, help them to grow without too much trouble.

One of the most important jobs that every gardener must do is fertilize from time to time, since the soil, especially in pots, loses nutrients easily. And this, although it may not seem like it at first, will end up harming our plants. So, with what to pay them? With manure , for example. But there are several types of manure, so we are going to see the characteristics of each one.

Before mineral fertilizers appeared, both farmers and anyone who had a plant at home or in a garden fertilized with the most natural thing there was: manure from farm animals or, later, with guano from penguins or the bats . Thus, the green grew that was pleasant.

I have a friend who told me that his family had a garden and that, in it, nettles always grew with unusual speed, reaching incredible heights: more than a meter, which is not surprising because when natural products are used to fertilize something as natural as a plant, what is achieved is that this plant being is so healthy that it will be able to grow at an incredible rate.

If you want to have a healthy and beautiful orchard, garden or patio, fertilize with these organic fertilizers:


  • 1 horse manure
  • 2 rabbit manure
  • 3 Sheep manure
  • 4 chicken manure
  • 5 Cow manure
  • 6 Goat manure
  • 7 Manure from pigeons and other birds

horse manure

horse manure

This type of manure is very poor in nutrients, in fact it has 0.6% nitrogen, 0.6% phosphorus, 0.4% potassium and trace elements. If you have horses, it is highly recommended that you let it dry in the sun so that it finishes fermenting and its smell diminishes; On the other hand, if you buy bags, they will not give off a bad smell.

It is especially suitable for mixing with those soils that have been eroded or are being eroded, since it aerates them and makes them more spongy, something that helps plants grow. The dose is from 1 to 5kg per square meter .

rabbit manure

This is a very strong and very acidic manure. It is rich in nutrients, in fact it has 4% nitrogen, 4% phosphorus and 1% potassium, in addition to all the trace elements ,  making it one of the most interesting. Of course, you have to let it ferment for several months, and not put it too close to the trunks of the plants.

The dose is 15 to 25 grams per square meter.

sheep manure

It is one of the richest and most balanced, as long as it comes from sheep that graze in the countryside and do not live confined in narrow enclosures eating feed. If it is obtained fresh, it must be left to ferment for two or three months, as it is very strong, but once that time has elapsed, it can be mixed with the soil or the substrate without problems, enriching it with 0.8% nitrogen, 0 .5% phosphorus, 0.4% potassium and with all trace elements.

The recommended dose is 3-5kg per square meter .

chicken manure

It is one of the richest in nitrogen, but it is very strong. It must be left to ferment well for several months, and then mixed with other manures. In addition, it must be taken into account that it has a high calcium content , so it should not be abused if you have calcareous soil.

The chicken manure that is used as fertilizer must come from animals that live in the most natural way possible; that is, raised outdoors. The nutrients it contains are: 4% nitrogen, 4% phosphorus, 1.5% potassium, and trace elements.

The recommended dose is 20 to 30 grams per square meter.

Cow dung

cow dung

Cow manure is also very poor in nitrogen, but it is often used in cold climates as it serves, in addition to being a fertilizer, as mulch for plants. Contains 0.6% nitrogen, 0.3% phosphorus, 0.4% potassium, and trace elements.

The idea is to get it fresh from one of the farms in the towns, but in nurseries or agricultural stores you can find sacks. The recommended dose is 9 to 15kg per square meter.

goat manure

It is one of the richest in nutrients that you can find. In fact, it contains about 7% nitrogen, 2% phosphorus, 10% potassium in addition to all the trace elements . And as if that were not enough, it usually also has animal hair, which gives it more nitrogen.

The recommended dose is 0.5 to 2kg per square meter.

Manure from pigeons and other birds

It is the only one that is not recommended for fertilizing plants. It is very strong, even stronger than that of chickens. Instead, it can be used to fertilize land for the first time, but mixing it with another type of manure.

The dose must be less than 0.5kg per square meter. However, as an alternative you can use bat or penguin guano . Until before mineral fertilizers appeared, it was one of the most used, since its effects were noticed (and are noticeable) after a very short time. Of course, you have to read the label of the container so as not to add more than necessary.

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Manure is one of the most used organic fertilizers by all gardeners, because if used well, plants grow in an incredible way.

What types of manure are there and what are their characteristics?

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