I got some amazing manure at Lowes the other day. I intended to get chicken manure, checked the price at OSH and went on to Lowes. Lowes only had steer, and at 97 cents a bag, steer manure is a real deal, so I went with that. Well, what a great surprise. This is so well composted it is finer than oatmeal and has no odor at all. I used a bag for the asparagus, and another for the new roses, mixing it with the soil for a conditioner. I think I will go get enough to do put down in all the beds.
For several years I have been making a compost mix of leaves, alfalfa, manure and my own compost but I find I am getting new varieties of weeds. I suspect the alfalfa. I think this year I will use the leaves for brown stuff in the compost bin, and use straight manure for dressing the beds. This stuff is too good to pass up.