So, who's got the best pooper? Cows, Horses, Goats, Chickens? We came to the conclusion that horse pucky (You can thank my sister-in-law for introducing me to the term horse pucky. Her Western PA roots go deep and their dialect, be it a bit strange at times, always puts a smile on my face) is a great nutrient contender against the rest and also one of the cheapest. Hear this, we picked up a whole trailer full of it for $20! Hey'O, Fill that trailer up!
Just so you know though, bird poop is the best but not something we had access to this year.
Now, before all my friends and family panic that I've been feeding them poop infested vegetables, note that this crap has fully composted and looks like dirt, albeit, luscious dark dirt that is full of veggie prescribed nutrients.
Before planting our fall seeds, we mixed in some of this composted gold into our garden beds and also hoed some into our late summer veggies. Apparently our soil was becoming deficient because our plants perked up like we gave them a dose of espresso. Leaves on the peppers and tomatoes brightened and bushed out, the raspberries plants grew a few more inches and the potatoes literally have begun growing out of their barrels. We thought our potatoes were near death and a possible failed experiment but none the less, they were just hungry for crap. Who knew?
So, if your plants look like they need a little encouragement, or your soil tests come back less than stellar, consider finding some horse pucky to slather up those beds.
*If you live in or around Central PA, this is the place we bought the composted Horse manure from. The owner was awesome to work with and let's just say, he has plenty!