I love free stuff, so I regularly cruise freecycle sites or craigslist for freebies in my area. Lucky thing, because the other day, I found a person in my town who was offering free horse manure. I called, set up a time, and went and got several bags full. She said I could come and get more whenever I wanted, to just call and let her know I was coming. Great! Now I have free fertilizer and soil amendment for my garden and my potting soil.
I only got about 100 lbs. today, and that won't last me any time at all, so I'm going to go back as soon as I can and get more. I had a friend with me today, and we went unprepared somewhat. What I needed to do was bring a bucket to put the bags in to hold them upright, but I didn't, and trying to shovel manure into a bag and keep it standing at the same time is not easy!
So next time I go, I'll be better prepared, and will definitely get more.
I'll be mixing most of it in with the soil in the garden spot, or maybe just lay it on top, and layer it like a lasagna garden. Haven't really figured that one out yet.
This is so exciting, knowing I have a constant source of free fertilizer right down the road! I feel like this is a real beginning to something good.