Extension Master Gardeners Take Advantage of Black Gold

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Extension Master Gardeners in Burke County know that spring is on its way and they were very excited to accept the gift of composted horse manure from a local horse farm. The composted horse manure was delivered to the Burke County Agricultural Building and with some help from Western Piedmont Community College, it was loaded into pickup beds and trailers. “It’s like discovering buried treasure” said one Master Gardener as he watched his compost being loaded into his trailer on a very cold February morning. Another Master Gardener commented that “only Master Gardeners would get this excited over a big pile of manure”, as she waited in line for her turn. Gardeners who lease plots in the community garden also have access to the composted manure and add it to their beds each year. Many other Master Gardeners bring buckets and shovels and load their “treasure” to take home to their gardens. When the composted horse manure arrives, you know it is time to get to work! For more information on the advantages of using compost in the garden, visit NC State Extension Composting.

man on a tractor loading compost line of trucks waiting to get compost man on tractor loading manure in bed of truck two men putting compost in a trailer

Photos taken by Donna Teasley