I would like to get to the point where I can raise my vegetables without using commerical fertilizers. For the last couple of years I have been putting my goat manure on my garden when I planted with some chemical fert. also. For the last two years my cucumbers have taken a blight and have not produced. My lima beans are all vines and no beans, my dad says that he feels that I have gotten the soil too rich for the beans. I have planted turnip greens where some of the manure rows were planted in the spring and boy do my turnip greens look good in those areas. You can tell exactly where the old rows were. Do you think that the manure is what caused the problems with my cucumbers? Should I put my manure on the garden during the winter months instead of adding it when I plant?