From ascent magazine, issue 34, summer 2007:
One spring, a neighbour gave me a truckload of horse manure for my garden. Knowing nothing at the time about the various virtues and flaws of one form of manure over the other, I accepted it gratefully and with enthusiasm.
Only later, when spring began to ease into summer, did I learn why many gardeners turn down this particular manure.
Although horse manure is rich in nitrogen and other potent plant foods, it is also loaded with weed seeds…