Ben Knofe wrote:I would say yes to all questions. I would not top it with soil but lightly mix it with the top soil, then cover it either with mulch or green manure and you should be good to go after winter.
Mike Barkley wrote:You can plant directly into fresh horse manure. There is no need to decompose it first. If you're going to mix it or add soil on top I suggest doing it before winter.
John Indaburgh wrote: Looking at the soil after a year of gardening it's my opinion that the soil still needs more organic matter other than manure. So compost or chopped leaves would help.
Walt Chase wrote:When I lived in N GA, I would cover my whole garden with fresh out of the next door neighbors barn horse manure. It was mixed with shavings. I'd put that and my fall leaves from the yard on and till it all in. By spring it was all composted on it's own and ready to plant in. Beware that red clay will eat all the organic matter you can feed it and come back for more.
elle sagenev wrote:It's SO DRY in my zone 5 area that it takes a very very long time. Years.