It's easy to brew manure tea. Our goal is to transfer nutrients from the manure into the water. Start with about a gallon of composted manure. Fresh manure can burn crops, and poses a greater risk of pathogens. Add warm to hot water to help speed up the brewing process. Place your bucket out in the sun to keep the water warm.
I always add important trace minerals to my manure tea. This supplements the minerals in the manure to more completely meet the needs of the plants and soil.
Good sources of composted manure are cow manure, horse manure, goat manure, rabbit droppings, chicken or turkey litter, duck manure, and fish manure, gathered from the bottom of your fish pond. You can purchase composted cow manure and composted chicken manure (mushroom compost) at your local garden center.
You will know that your manure is exhausted when it no longer makes a weak colored tea. Strain off the tea. Placing a burlap bag over a second bucket and pouring the tea through it works well for this. Then add your manure to your compost pile, or scatter it on your garden.
Manure tea is rich in Nitrogen, but generally lacking in trace minerals. Consider adding an ounce of concentrated sea minerals to each gallon of manure tea to meet this critical need.
Check out my home page, Healthy Vegetable Gardening, for a wealth of information on growing nutrient dense food.
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