WHAT IS MANURE TEA?
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Using manure tea on crops is a popular practice in many home gardens.
Manure tea, which is similar in nature to compost tea, enriches the
soil and adds much needed nutrients for healthy plant growth. Let’s
look at how to make manure tea.
Manure Fertilizer Tea
The nutrients found in manure tea make it an ideal fertilizer for garden
plants. The nutrients from manure dissolve easily in water where it can
be added to a sprayer or watering can. The leftover manure can be thrown
in the garden or reused in the compost pile.
Manure tea can be used each time you water plants or periodically. It can
also be used to water lawns. However, it is important to dilute the tea
prior to use so as not to burn the roots or foliage of plants.
How to Make Manure Tea for Garden Plants
Manure tea is simple to make and is done the same way as passive compost tea.
Like compost tea, the same ratio is used for the water and manure (5 parts
water to 1 part manure). You can either place a shovel full of manure in a
5-gallon bucket, which will require straining, or in a large burlap sack or
Make certain that the manure has been well cured beforehand. Fresh manure is
much too strong for plants. Suspend the manure-filled “tea bag” in the water
and allow it to steep for up to a week or two. Once the manure has fully
steeped, remove the bag, allowing it to hang above the container until the
dripping has ceased.
Note: Adding the manure directly to the water usually speeds up the brewing
process. The “tea” is usually ready within only a few days, stirring thoroughly
over this period. Once it has fully brewed, you will have to strain it through
cheesecloth to separate the solids from the liquid. Discard the manure and dilute
the liquid prior to use (a good ratio is 1 cup tea to 1 gallon of water).
Making and using manure tea is a great way to give your garden crops the extra
boost they need for optimal health. Now that you know how to make manure tea,
you can use it all the time to give a boost to your plants.
Manure Tea On Crops:
Making And Using Manure Fertilizer Tea
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Manure tea is a nutrient-rich concoction for your garden that is easy
to make and apply. A bit of manure plus some brewing time, and you have
a great source of organic nitrogen fertilizer for your gardens and
container plantings. Here's how to make and use it in your garden.
Manure tea is exactly what it sounds like -- manure steeped in water.
Once it steeps, the resulting liquid is rich in nutrients and can easily
be diluted and applied to your garden plants.
What Kind of Manure to Use
Horse, cow, poultry, or goat manure are all appropriate for making manure
tea. You can also make a decent manure tea from rabbit droppings as well.
Avoid manure from carnivores such as cats and dogs -- these contain harmful
pathogens that could make you sick if they come into contact with your food.
Either find a fresh source of manure from a local farmer or purchase bagged
manure at your local nursery or garden center.
There are two ways to make manure tea, and both are quite simple.
1. Throw Everything in a Bucket Method
Fill a five-gallon plastic bucket or other container two-thirds of the way
full with water. Add enough manure to fill the bucket the rest of the way.
Let this steep for a day or two, stirring once or twice a day. When you're
done steeping it, leave it alone for an hour or so so the solids settle to
the bottom, then simply pour the liquid into another container.
You could also just dip into the bucket to use what you need as you need it.
2. Make a Manure Tea Bag Method
If you don't want to worry about having to pour off the liquid and try to keep
the solids separate, consider making a simple "tea bag" for your manure. You
can use an old cotton pillowcase for this, or a few layers of cheesecloth,
which you gather and tie around the manure.
Use the same proportions as mentioned above (1/3 manure to 2/3 water) and let
it steep for a day or two. When you're ready to use your manure tea, just lift
the bag out of the bucket, wring it out to ensure that all of that manure-y
goodness ends up in your tea, and add the used manure to your compost pile.
Diluting Manure Tea
Whichever method you use, dilute your manure tea before using it on your garden
plants. Use water to dilute the manure tea; it should ideally be the color of
weak tea -- pale brownish-yellow.
How to Apply Manure Tea
Manure tea can be applied as a foliar feed or directly to the soil around the
plants. To use it as a manure tea, strain it well to remove solids, dilute it
to the color of weak tea, and add it to a sprayer. Then just apply it to the
top and undersides of the foliage on your garden plants.
To apply directly to the soil, pour about one pint of diluted manure tea around
the base of each plant. Apply manure tea weekly throughout the growing season.
What Plants to Fertilize with Manure Tea
Just about any plant in your garden or container plantings will benefit from
manure tea. Don't fertilize root crops such as carrots, radishes, turnips,
potatoes, and beets with manure tea.
These plants need more potassium than nitrogen -- excess nitrogen (which manure
tea would provide) would result in pretty, healthy top growth but not much root
A regimen of applying manure tea will definitely result in healthier, happier
plants. Consider brewing some for your garden this season.
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