The folks in the trees forum helped me identify a strange growth in my herb/flower garden - it seems I have an "artists conch" surfacing among my plants which is coming up from some decomposing tree roots (a tree was removed but the roots were left). It was suggested that the best way to get rid of the conch was to hasten the decomposition of the unground roots - once the roots are gone the conch will be too. To this end they recommended adding a high nitrogen fertilizer & water to the bed to speed up the decomposition - basically like composting. I got a bucket of fresh chicken poop from below the roost of my friend's coop. How long before it is safe to apply? The conch is growing up & around the plants so any application will go on my flowers/herbs. Any suggestions on how to prepare & apply the poop to make a plant safe high nitrogen fertilizer? If this is common knowledge, I apologize in advance for my ignorance & appreciate any helpful suggestions. Thanks.