Eric Hanson wrote:Louise,
I can’t speak to your specific microbiological concerns, but if you are concerned about the manure being too hot, I would suggest mixing it with straw, woodchips or some other carbon rich material and let it compost for a year. Unfortunately that means it won’t be useful for this season. In the meantime I suggest you find some other compost and otherwise encourage microbes in your garden soil.
Best of luck and please keep us updated,
You can dilute the uncompost if you mix it with regular dirt about 50/50 or so.
You could put that uncompost under the cardboard then do your lasagna layers.
Worms won't live in manure if its hot, so assuming the manure was collected from a minimum 3 yard pile, it suggests the manure already heated up
Should the manure be far enough away that it wouldn't touch the area where the bottom of a carrot would grow into?
but far enough away its not touching the root crop.
Thank you - that's useful to know. Just to check I understand correctly, I'm ok to use this as my compost layer on the sheet mulch (and another layer of straw on top) before planting? I also have some fresh manure I'm picking up today so wondering whether to use that as the nitrogen layer instead.
A little aerated compost tea sprayed on your newly added layers can speed that up if your concerned; however, definitely keep the mulch over that manure, as aerobic things can sometimes cause leaf disease on more sensitive plants like tomatoes.
Did you just leave them in pile and wet them without turning?
Got them wet and the heat took off after a week or so.