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Deer manure as fertilizer?

 
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So I've spent the last hour dragging in recycled lumber to make some new garden beds and couldn't help but notice five piles of deer poo I passed with every trip.  Does anyone use this for fertilizer?  I could probably collect a five-gallon bucket within a few days but not sure if it would be worth the effort.  Could I add it fresh or would it need to be composted?  Has anyone had any experience with this?  
 
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Hi Michelle, I would definitely use it, and just spread on the surface and cover with mulch. Love free fertilizer!
 
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Thanks Artie!  Right now I'm all for free supplies as our jobs are at a standstill and trying to conserve what cash we have on hand.

Should I be concerned about E. coli?  Even though I would cover it with mulch I'm thinking it might be better for things like beans, tomatoes, peppers and crops that don't come in contact with the ground.
 
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Michelle Heath wrote:

Should I be concerned about E. coli?



Good question!...and one that may be of controversial opinion here on Permies. In a Book Review Nicole Alderman wrote:




A google search suggested to me that E.coli and Salmonella are not consistently a cause of an aborted pregnancy



The danger of Listeria on the other hand might urge us to lock our pregnant females in Ivory towers and feed them only cooked food.



 
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