Aged cow manure is perhaps the single best ingredient for fertile garden soil because cows' digestive systems famously include four stomachs which digest and dissolve any weed seeds they have grazed and break nutrients down for easy access. This is in contrast to other animals such as horses that can produce manure containing viable weed seeds.
My own garden was originally built with aged cow manure from a friend's nearby dairy farm 30 years ago. Now thanks to urban sprawl, dairy farms are further afield. A nonprofit fundraiser for the Milton Garden Club is trucking in cow manure from a western Massachusetts farm for sale in 40 pound bags of pure aged cow manure at $6 a bag. That's enough to top dress 500 square feet of lawn or enrich 20 square feet of garden bed area with an inch of gardeners' "black gold."
To reserve your order, please contact Barb Phinney at 617-696-8009 or email@example.com by Wednesday, May 4. Once your order is confirmed, send a check, payable to The Milton Garden Club, c/o Barb Phinney, 104 Canton Ave., Milton, MA. 02186. Orders must be picked up on Saturday, May 7, between 8:30 and noon at the Milton Public Library, 476 Canton Ave., Milton. There will be a limited number of bags for sale for walk-ins.