Donkey manure for a garden

by Ellen
(Colbert, Georgia)

I have fenced in part of my yard and inside this fence is load after load of donkey pooh that has been covered over with leafs and old straw. How long does this site have to sit before I can use it in the garden?

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Jun 10, 2011
plant, and send rain!!
by: Ellen

Hi, Ellen,

Lucky you, donkey manure!! I used to have a neighbor who kept horses -- glorious stuff.
If the manure is fresh, please give it a few weeks to dry up -- cure? -- so it won't burn your seeds and seedlings. But in a few weeks you will be getting ready to plant your fall garden, and it should be bountiful with such a rich bed.

If the manure is dried, there should be no problem with trying some 'hot weather' plants.

In what part of Georgia is Colbert? We are in Tallahassee, FL -- zone 9 info usually works for us. Please let me know how the donkey pooh does. e-mail:

Good luck....Ellen

Jun 10, 2011
Donkey Poo
by: Kiwi George

Lucky, lucky lucky lady Ellen to have such a gardening bonus. I am currently using a mixture of horse from the Riding for the Disabled, sheep from a farmer who reckons a bottle of best quality red is fair exchange for as much manure as I can dig out from under his shearing shed. The horse I leave on the surface for the worms to do their thing and the sheep which is very dry, I use as a mulch around my brassicas and greens so the weather can break it down and feed the plants slowly. I have a compost heap which is a mixture of just leaves and horse and found that it breaks down to a usable state in only 3-4 weeks so I would recommend that if you can. But if the donkey is very dry I would wet it very thoroughly, mix with wet leaves, cover it to retain the heat and when ready, top dress your beds and plant through it. Good Luck
Kiwi George

Jun 11, 2011
Donkey BOO-BOO
by: Ellen

Thanks for the information I really have a big and bigger compost pile I keep it covered with leaves and wet hay and wet straw. Also I add rabbit BOO-BOO mixed with wood chips and then I add chicken BOO-Boo mixed with shredded paper and straw. I'm hoping to be able to use this for the Fall planting and the Spring planting. I have to collect this Donkey BOO-BOO at least three to four times a week in my little black wheel barrel. It is really a good walk down the driveway and over to the pasture to collect this.

Jun 12, 2011
Donkey BOO-BOO
by: Ellen

Hi Ellen I forgot to tell you where Colbert Georgia is , it is in the north east corner of the state. We are about 90 miles from South Carolina and about 20 miles from Athens Georgia. It is a very small rural town quiet they way I like it and way out in the country, we have a small working four acre farm. We really got some good rain last night about two inches. Do you live in Florida?

Aug 29, 2014
Rabbit doo doo
by: Pam

Rabbit manure may go directly onto your gardens. It doesn't need to be composted.

Sep 15, 2015
by: Anonymous

i just filled an above ground vegetable garden with 3 tons of mulch do I need to add dirt to it?

Jul 22, 2016
Mule manure
by: Anonymous

Best thing to do w mule manure is put it in a 55 gal plastic drum w a screen on top and fill it w water to make a "tea" to use in your watering can every few weeks to give all plants and veggies a huge lift all season long. When the tea gets down low just fill it back up w more water! It'll last all summer on a 25-40 lb bag of manure! Had tomatoes plants that were over my 6 ft head!!
70 year old county boy!!

Jul 22, 2016
Mulch and manure
by: Anonymous

3 tons of mulch, way to go!!

If you want to sow seeds or even plant plants straight away, you will need some soil or compost and soil mix. Otherwise wait a while until it all rots down and forms some soil, which could take some time depending on what mulch it is. At least maybe cover the mulch with something to help warm it up so it can decompose faster.

Sep 05, 2017
donkey dung and leaves
by: Anonymous

Have friends with miniature donkeys. We put the dung on our garden spot, mix with bags of leaves out of our yard, ashes out of the fireplace, and the bale of straw that insulates over the water meter. Till it all in a couple of times, and we have rich black dirt.

Jun 05, 2019
Curling my tomatoe leaves
by: Anonymous

What minerals is the donkey dung rich in?

Jun 28, 2019
How can we get it
by: Pa Ha

please advise me How we can get it. that is where they supply it.

Jul 24, 2019
giant gourds
by: Anonymous

I planted i gourd seed directly in a pile of mule manure and it grew all over the place and so far I have 10 huge gourds over 50inches diameter and still growing. Only added water. Nothing else.

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