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If you don’t want to spend the money on fertilizer you can always ask a local cattle owner if you can use their manure…unless they have a garden they won’t mind. Its messy, but if you have a truck its a good idea.
[/quote]Absolutely. Great post. Farmers,even Chicken farmers, give a lot of fresh and composted manure, to get rid of it. If you plan to plant right away, try to get some that has been sitting for about 6 months. However,if you put fresh in now, by Spring, it will be fine. Fresh has the ability to pass on pathogens and bacteria, such a e coli., and can be too “hot”.
Also, manures have different NPK values, and thus, can be used for different applications.
Dairy cow 0.57N 0.23P 0.62K
Beef steer 0.73N 0.48P 0.55K
Horse 0.70N 0.25P 0.77K
Swine 0.49N 0.34P 0.47K
Sheep/goat 1.44N 0.5P 1.21K
Rabbit 2.40N 1.40P 0.60K
Chicken 1.00N 0.80P 0.39K
Nitrogen helps the plants grow stems and leaves. Phosphorous helps roots and fruits. Potassium provide much, that plants need in all aspects of their cycle, including Photosynthesis, starch and protein production, enzyme reactions, water movement, protein synthesis cell wall components, fruit development. Potassium is abundant in wood ashes.
So, for zucchini, you want a fertilizer with moderate/heavy nitrogen, high phosphorous, and high potassium. Steer would be good, or chicken, but with chicken, I’d add some ashes. Tomatoes need little nitrogen, high phosphorous, and high potash. Too much N, and you will have 8 foot plants,with little fruit.
Oh well,I am probably boring everyone to tears. I’ll answer any questions I can.