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How to Use Horse Manure for Tomatoes

by Idris Ya'u
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It’s common knowledge that tomatoes prefer rich, wet soil, and one of the best methods to guarantee your plants get adequate nutrients is to mix in organic compost, such as manure.

Aside from the more typical types of manure compost, such as cow and chicken, you may want to explore buying horse manure for your tomato plants.

This can be beneficial, and tomatoes can benefit from it if horse dung is added.

Is Horse Manure Safe For Tomatoes?

While horse excrement is often milder and less likely to ‘burn’ your veggies, it’s preferable to be careful and compost it first.

When horse dung or manure has spent enough time in the compost bin, it is okay for tomatoes.

You may ‘age’ it by allowing it to dry for a month or two to reduce nitrogen levels and eradicate weed seeds. Horse manure or dung is as harmless as any other organic fertilizer after some time in the compost pile.

Composting horse manure with organic materials such as tree trimmings, straw, leaves, and grass is advised. Maintain a moist pile and flip it over on a regular basis to ensure that everything breaks down into a plant-optimized blend of critical nutrients.

Heat may also be used to destroy weed seeds, preventing them from sprouting up in your tomato plants later on.

How to use Horse manure for tomatoes

When beginning young tomatoes or supplementing their growth, use aged or composted horse manure.

Before planting tomato seeds or seedlings, treat your soil medium with plenty of horse manure (up to a third of the soil volume). Before planting your tomato seeds or seedlings, mix it up or massage it into 12 inches of planting area.

Horse manure can be spread on top of the soil and worked in at a depth of 2 to 4 inches as an additional fertilizer. It is not suggested that you fertilize your tomato plants until they begin to develop buds.

How should manure be applied to tomato plants?

Cover the area with a 2- to 4-inch layer of steer manure. To be extremely successful, a considerable amount of organic matter is required; up to one-third of the soil volume is a healthy balance.

Fill the top 12 inches of garden soil with manure. Tomato plants that are vigorous and robust do not require any further fertilizer until they begin to blossom.

How much horse dung should you use on your garden?

If you apply manure compost to your vegetable garden (no more than one pound per square foot), make sure you do it at least 60 days before harvest. You will almost certainly need to use fertilizer as usual, especially early in the season.

What is the finest tomato manure?

Tomatoes grow in rich organic soil made in your own backyard garden using horse dung. This natural fertilizer feeds tomato plants while increasing soil composition.

For tomato development, composted manure is preferable to fresh manure and can be added into the soil shortly before planting in the spring.

How should horse manure be disposed of?

Manure can be used on-site as a fertilizer by spreading it on an open space, pasture, or field. Manure can also be hauled offsite for fertilizing or composting.

Use care while spreading manure on horse pastures. If there are more than one horse per two acres of pasture, do not spread manure.


Horse manure in tomatoes is most effective when combined with other organic ingredients.

It’s important to note that horse feces contain more nitrogen than phosphate and potassium, so you may need to supplement with another fertilizer.

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