How to Make and Use Manure Tea
Experienced gardeners know the immense value of manure in their gardens.
Ditto with compost, a rich, organic fertilizer. Most gardeners also appreciate
the value of Compost tea to both indoor and outdoor plants. But, not as many
of us know, or use rich, organic manure tea.
Like Compost tea, manure tea is easy to make. It's just a little messier,
and has an odor to it.
Note: Manure has an odor to it, that will fade over time. This odor
keeps some people from using this liquid fertilizer indoors.
How to make Organic Manure Tea:
Any large container will do, from a 5 gallon bucket to a 55 gallon drum.
Fill the container loosely with manure. Fill the container with water. Stir
the mixture every day, a couple times a day, if you can. Aeration is important
to the process. After a week, it is ready for use.
Drain off the liquid tea. Use a strainer to remove solid particles. If you
are going to use the tea in a sprayer you need to strain liquid through a
cheesecloth, to remove small particles that can clog the sprayer.
Pure manure tea is too strong for your plants. The nitrogen content can be
so high, that it burns the plants. Before applying the tea to your plants,
mix 10 parts water with one part manure tea. This 10:1 ratio dilutes the
nutrient to levels safe for your plants.
Left over solid material can be spread on your garden, put into a composter,
or onto the compost pile for later use.
Tip: Don't forget the foliar feeding. Sprinkle the diluted manure
tea on the plant leaves. The fertilizer is absorbed into the leaves.
Important Note: The liquid nutrients in manure tea is used immediately
by your plants. But, because it is in liquid form, it will wash out of your
soil quickly. Frequent applications are recommended.
More on Garden Manure
How to Make Compost Tea
Compost and Mulch - Learn how to compost kitchen,
yard and garden waste, into rich, soil.
The Compact ComposTumbler quickly converts kitchen and yard waste into
rich, organic compost.
Buy a Composter now
Buy Flower, Vegetable and Herb Seeds Finest quality
Ferry Morse Seed, America's oldest seed company with their famous "guarantee