Gardeners and Their Tea – 5

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Gardeners and Their Tea – 5

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Gardeners and Their Tea – 5

Season 3 – Autumn/Winter 2019/20

Doin The Dirt Directory

Gardeners and Their Tea – 1 – Compost Tea

Gardeners and Their Tea – 2 – Weed Tea

Gardeners and Their Tea – 3 – Nettle Tea

Gardeners and Their Tea – 4 – Comfrey Tea

Gardeners and Their Tea – 5 – Manure Tea

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“Horse ‘Apples’ aka Dung!

Simply put, poop is great for gardening – l currently have just ordered in chicken manure pellets for our soil here and l will also add some to the composting process but in the past l have used aged [note the term aged] chicken, horse and cow manures for both gardening and composting. Additionally from the past l have used the aforementioned but also sheep, rabbit and guinea pig. The latter two l used to steep in huge cold water vats and trade for feed as an organic fertiliser to the farmers l used to rent from. I never used pig, because of the parasites especially ’roundworm’  found in pig manure, which can also survive the composting process.

Plus l NEVER used fresh manure but only aged and well rotted down, so when l used to compost many years ago when l kept many rabbits and guinea pigs l used to have huge piles of it that used to simply stand, rot down and become ‘aged’. I have  also used both donkey and goat manures in the composting process. Allowing your manure piles to age and compost down for around 3 – 4 months is a great way also of ensuring that you kill off up to 75% of any weeds  and parasites that may be present in the manures themselves. The best way to treat the manure really is to ‘hot compost it’ and this way the heating will kill off many parasitics.

As said l don’t use pig manures because of the potential dangers of parasites and fungal issues, but so too do l refuse to use any carnivore manures. Whilst there is a process for using fresh manure, that is a practice under its own regulations and should you wish to perform that, then my advice is to research it for your area. But with the likes of ageing and old and pre-composted manures well that is a different story.

Animal manures are rich in nitrogen and are great for both gardening and the composting process, but are also great to act as slow releasing nutrient filled mulchers. Manure tea preparation is very similiar to that of Compost Tea, which l have linked for you also. Manure and compost teas are superb for promoting and motivating healthy garden plant growth.

With your ‘poop tea’ work on 1 part manure to 5 parts water – place into a container like an old rubbish bin and cover with water and allow to steep. Manure dissolves very easily in water and it’s not long before the mixture turns to a slurry sludge. For more efficient use simply after a period of two weeks or so shovel out of your containment to a smaller container and then drain and strain off or alternatively place into a pillow case or a burlap sack and allow to drain and strain off over another container.

The slurry that is left inside the sacking can be added to your compost heap and then forked  in and over.

Another less messy alternative than having loose manure in a bin is to have the manure in tied sacks already and place those into the bins and cover with water. After steeping for a week to two weeks, extract the sacks and empty the contents into the compost heap or pack around plants and with the liquid simply dilute further 1 part to 5 parts water and use as a fertiliser.

Some videos for easier viewing displaying the various methods.

Anyway l’ll take my leave of you now

Thanks for reading everyone, till the next time …

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