Is pig manure safe for gardens?


“[A]nimal manures can be used as fertilizer on vegetable gardens; however, manure should be incorporated into the soil during the fall prior to planting crops the following spring. Applying manures during the growing season is not recommended due to the chance of contaminating produce with disease-causing microorganisms. Hog manure is just as safe as any other if it is composted or in the ground for at least six months prior to harvesting a crop where the edible portion is in contact with the soil.”

–Ron Becker, Ohio State University

To learn more about using pig or other animal manure in gardens, read University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Carson City/Storey County Extension Educator JoAnne Skelly’s article “Pig manure– is it safe for gardens?”