It all depends…. small farmers have trailers holding three to five tons, if they live within two or three miles you may pay anything from £20-35 for the load. Manure that is dark and older is more valuable because of its concentrated quality, I would pay more for that. Mushroom compost costs according to delivery and works out at £10/ton, which makes green waste compost at around £20/ton delivered look expensive. But a gardening project in Nottingham paid £3/ton because they were close to the waste facility.
We recently paid Â£50 for a very large trailer of what was promised to be well-rotted cow muck. When it turned up it was ‘fresh from the stalls’. Very steamy and full of straw! Annoying as we were hoping to spread it this autumn. We’ve piled it all up and covered it well with tarpaulins. Would anybody be able to tell me if it will be OK to use by the spring… say, around April? After 3 weeks or so it seems to have compressed down a bit and got a lot darker already. It’s still very hot and a fine crop of mushrooms/toadstalls are growing on it under the tarpaulin!
By spring it should be reasonably well rotted and you could spread it where you plan to plant leeks, potatoes, courgettes and beans – anything that is not small seeds or salad, which would struggle in lumpy manure. So it will be good to use, but not everywhere.