What does this mean?

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by CurtisWilliams, Jun 9, 2005.

  1. CurtisWilliams

    CurtisWilliams Well-Known Member

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    When people say that manure is hot and can burn plants, does it mean that as the manure decomposes, it generated enough heat to literally burn the plants? Or is it refering to a caustic property of the manure?
     
  2. lynpea

    lynpea Well-Known Member

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    I think it's the caustic value of it. lots of nitrogen that can burn.
     

  3. BertaBurtonLake

    BertaBurtonLake Well-Known Member

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    I think it is both...chemical burn from the nitrogen as well as temperature. Decomposing (composting) material can reach temperatures of 170F or higher. In the winter, the snow melts off my compost heap first and you can actually see steam rise from it, especially when I turn it.

    ~Berta