Vegetable Plants That Need Compost Manure

Updated February 21, 2017

Most vegetable gardens benefit from the addition of manure once or twice a year. Some vegetables and vegetable families produce surprisingly results when manure is added to the soil, such as earlier maturity and larger harvests. Blend a little manure into your vegetable garden, and let the resulting growth and productivity speak for themselves.

Root Vegetables

Root vegetables like potatoes and carrots need lots of manure to thrive. Blend manure into the soil before planting root vegetables. Potato plants, in particular, need manure, because these plants can take a few years to produce potatoes. Give the plants every benefit to keep them alive and healthy throughout the seasons. Blending manure into your soil can potentially help your plants to produce vegetables earlier than usual. Treat your root vegetable soil with manure annually to help keep your plants strong.


Corn needs lots of sunshine, but it also requires plenty of nutrients to really flourish. Mixing well-rotted manure into the soil in your plot of corn will provide these nutrients; don't forget to keep the soil quite moist as well. Manure will help to keep the weed population under control; weeds will sap nutrients from the soil and potentially damage the corn crop. As with root vegetables, annual treatments of manure will help your corn to thrive. Treat the soil twice a year if you live in dry areas.


Cucumbers need a great deal of manure, more than most other vegetables, to grow well. When you are planting cucumbers, mix equal parts of soil and manure to fill in the planting area. The manure helps the soil absorb sunlight and stay warm, which will help the cucumbers to grow. During the warmer parts of the year, sprinkle an inch of manure over the garden soil to help control weeds.


Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and other leafy greens all benefit from the nutrients contained in manure. These plants, when growing in soil treated with manure, grow larger and healthier than plants growing in untreated soil. Manure helps make soil porous, which allows plants to easily draw up nutrients. As with other vegetable gardens, manure also controls the weed population around your leafy green plants. Treat the soil annually for optimum results.

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