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    Default Sheep and compost for veg

    So am sat here waiting on the shearers and am looking at a huge pile of daggings from yesterdays shearing. Can small amounts be used in composting/mulching? Be sheep poo rich.

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    I used to live near an ex Kiwi, who swore by sheep's poo for making liquid feed for his garden and allotment, he used to hang a bag full of it in a big water tank and gave the bag a shake each time he went past it. Never heard of it being used in composting.
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    Should be good for both mulching and compost. For mulching the wool will deter slugs and the poo enrich the soil and for composting the wool will add nitrogen and the poo beneficial bacteria.
    I've made aerobic tea from fresh sheep poo and molasses, as I remember brassicas loved it.

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    Absolutely agree with Mr Bones - excellent for composting, would be fine for mulching (but probably not for carrots/parsnips as the manure washing into the soil might make them fork). Good as part of a lasagne bed or in a bean trench.
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    bag of daggings brought home. Ive slugs getting into greenhouse so ill try a light mulching. And tonight ill start a sheep poo tea. Thanks guys. I had no idea wool would add nitrogen! Fascinating!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpweasel View Post
    I had no idea wool would add nitrogen! Fascinating!
    Here we are, I knew I'd read it somewhere recently Our Products | Dalefoot Composts

    You could have quite a sought after resource there SW
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    Bury them in the bottom of a runner bean trench. Hold water and fertilise at the same time!
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    Any sheep that died in snowdrifts on the moors were deposited in the bottom of my Uncles leek trench. I wasn't involved in digging of the leek trench so I have no idea whether the fleece eventually rotted down and added nitrogen to the soil.

    Can't say his leeks were whoppers though!
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