Using Manure in the Garden


Wagon Hill Community Garden
156 Piscataqua Rd
Durham, NH 03824
United States

Animal manures and animal manure-based composts are rich in plant nutrients such as Nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P) and Potassium (K) and provide organic matter that conditions the soil. While they can make excellent soil amendments for the home gardener, it is important to use them effectively and safely.

In this workshop on using manures and animal manure-based composts in the garden, participants enjoy hands-on and demonstration learning at Wagon Hill Community Garden in Durham with UNH Extension Food & Agriculture educators. At the garden, participants will learn:

  • How to assess the quality of animal manures and animal manure-based composts
  • Types of animal manures and considerations for using them
  • How to compost, handle and store animal manures and animal manure-based composts
  • When and how to spread and incorporate animal manures and animal manure-based composts in the garden
  • How animal manures and animal manure-based composts improve soil, and the benefits of using them
  • How to use manures and animal manure-based composts to meet the fertility needs of plants in your garden
  • How to minimize food safety and environmental concerns when using manures and animal manure-based composts

This workshop is designed for Seacoast gardeners. It will be especially worthwhile to gardeners who also raise backyard livestock, including chickens, horses, cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits and more.

Parking will be available near the gardens, and please be advised there is a short walk on uneven surfaces to get to the community garden plots where the workshop will take place. There will be a portable restroom available on site, also a short walk away. There is not a rain date scheduled. If there is light rain, the event will be held. If there is inclement weather, the event may be postponed. Please dress for the weather, and bring any water, bug spray and sunscreen you may need. Limited chairs will be available.  

Registration is $10 and can be paid with a credit card or a check. The deadline for registration is September 23. Space is limited.

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The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer. UNH, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and New Hampshire counties cooperating. For persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations, please contact Nate Bernitz ( prior to the event. Given ample time, we will make any reasonable effort to make accommodations. 

manure pile