Well Rotted Horse Manure | Woodfields Topsoil

Well Rotted Horse Manure

WOODFIELDS FAMOUS WELL ROTTED HORSE MANURE is a optimum blend of horse manure and compost from our farm to make a freeable product which is easy to dig in to your beds, this is full of goodness and has everything your vegetables and flowers require. We are very proud of such a fine product and it is now available in 1000ltr giant bulk bags, 500ltr bags and  60ltr bags.

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Well Rotted Horse Manure


My Uncle Bill always said the best time to start digging in manure is as soon as the last of your vegetables are out, giving maximum time to breakdown and cool down over the winter. This way your vegetable plots will be perfect for planting come spring time.

A mix of well rotted horse manure,finely chopped rape straw and compost rotted for two years, this is full of goodness and can be easily dug into your beds.

“Its a lovely product, our best so far which flows out of the bag and easily works in to the garden.” Arthur Woodfield.

Available in 1000ltr giant bulk bags, 500ltr bags and 75ltr bags suitable as grow bags.

Horse Manure Sample Test results

When to Dig in

Digging the soil is essential for good plant growth. If the soil condition is poor organic matter can be added at the same time as digging.

The best time to dig is from October through to December , when the soil is free of frost and can be left to overwinter,but ground that is lacking in fertility manure can be dug in any time. From mid-winter until early spring, the ground is frequently wet or frozen and difficult to work with. Heavy soil must never be dug when it’s wet as this can damage the soil structure and lead to poor aeration and drainage


For gardens that just need an injection of fertility over a complete restructuring from top to bottom, it’s more than enough to add a thick layer of compost/manure on top of your existing soil.

The recommended amount varies, but a couple of inches should be more than enough. You can always top up the amount of manure in subsequent weeks. Monitor performance and alter accordingly – the key is to get to know your garden and giving it what it needs. knowing when and how much’ will only come with time and experience.

Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894

By the late 1800’s, large cities all around the world were “drowning in horse manure”. In order for these cities to function, they were dependent on thousands of horses for the transport of both people and goods.

In 1900, there were over 11,000 hansom cabs on the streets of London alone. There were also several thousand horse-drawn buses, each needing 12 horses per day, making a staggering total of over 50,000 horses transporting people around the city each day.

To add to this, there were yet more horse-drawn carts and drays delivering goods around what was then the largest city in the world.

This huge number of horses created major problems. The main concern was the large amount of manure left behind on the streets. On average a horse will produce between 15 and 35 pounds of manure per day, so you can imagine the sheer scale of the problem. The manure on London’s streets also attracted huge numbers of flies which then spread typhoid fever and other diseases.
London Hansom Cab

Each horse also produced around 2 pints of urine per day and to make things worse, the average life expectancy for a working horse was only around 3 years. Horse carcasses therefore also had to be removed from the streets. The bodies were often left to putrefy so the corpses could be more easily sawn into pieces for removal.

The streets of London were beginning to poison its people.

But this wasn’t just a British crisis: New York had a population of 100,000 horses producing around 2.5m pounds of manure a day.

This problem came to a head when in 1894, The Times newspaper predicted… “In 50 years, every street in London will be buried under nine feet of manure.”

This became known as the ‘Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894’.

The terrible situation was debated in 1898 at the world’s first international urban planning conference in New York, but no solution could be found. It seemed urban civilization was doomed.

However, necessity is the mother of invention, and the invention in this case was that of motor transport. Henry Ford came up with a process of building motor cars at affordable prices. Electric trams and motor buses appeared on the streets, replacing the horse-drawn buses.

By 1912, this seemingly insurmountable problem had been resolved; in cities all around the globe, horses had been replaced and now motorised vehicles were the main source of transport and carriage.

Even today, in the face of a problem with no apparent solution, people often quote ‘The Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894’, urging people not to despair, something will turn up!

I also came to light recently as told to me by my dad that one of the Woodfield’s  were a gentleman’s  gentleman to Henry Ford so we were involved in the Horse manure saga back in the 1800’s.


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