Wednesday, March 2, 2011

How to Use Animal Manure As Organic Fertilizer

Millions of gardeners and farmers use manure to fertilize their soil and organic vegetable garden, it is commonly used as natural fertilizer and of course you must compost them first before using it so you will not be grossed out and decide to quit gardening. Using herbivore manure as natural fertilizer is one of organic vegetable gardening trick that will be discussed in this post. If you are asking how to make compost then you can learn it easily if you have the guts. Admit it, you think that collecting animal waste is gross and it will haunt you in your sleep.

If you are a real organic gardener then this work will be easy for you. Animal (herbivores only) dung is the best ingredients in our compost and it gives the soil a lot of nutrients for it to become healthy. You can use the waste of pig, chicken, cow, horse, rabbit, water buffalo and goat. WARNING! Do not use carnivore wastage because it contains bacteria and parasites that can be harmful to both humans and plants. In my farm I mainly used chicken and pig waste because it is easy to acquire. I buy chicken manure from the poultry farm for $0.50 per sack. One sack is about fifty kilos and it is also dried so I don't have to worry about my vegetables getting burned. Pig waste is from my small piggery it provides the right amount for my compost. Dried leaves and weeds is also abundant in my area as well as coconut husk and rice straws. I can say that I live in a place that is suitable for farmers.

Different animal dung varies when it comes to nutrient content that can be helpful to vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants. Below are the nutrient content of animal dungs and see what is suitable for use. To know more what is the best you can visit the nearest agriculture branch and ask them politely to test your soil, you can bring a soil sample or they will offer you to buy a soil testing kit which can be very helpful in determining what nutrients must be used in order to make a bountiful harvest.

Fresh beef/cattle manure contains - .6 N, .4 P, .5 K.
Dried beef /cattle manure contains - 1.2 N, 2 P, 2.1 K

Fresh chicken manure contains - .9 N, .5 P .5 K
Dried chicken manure contains - .1.6 N 1.8 P 2 K

You can see that the dried dung contains much more nutrients so better keep them dried before composting and if you don't know how to compost then you can learn it easily trust me. Anyway N means nitrogen, P for phosphorus and K for potassium. If I were you I would prefer chicken dung because it is easy to acquire and available when you need it. I have trouble about the supply of horse and cattle dung because there are only few in our area. Remember to use only what is available in your area. I might sound redundant like a broken CD but I believe that this is really important especially if you want to know how to grow organic vegetables. If you cannot even look at those animal turds you are collecting then composting it and applying it to your plants might be near impossible.

A real farmer or gardener can handle anything even if it is gross or yucky, what important is to provide an organic vegetables to people and promote the healthy lifestyle. If you need more information regarding about the nutrient content of manure check out the link named nutrient content of manure above.

I would like to remind you that manure is best used for organic fertilizer more than anything else! Yes, dried leaves, left over foods and other biodegradable materials can be used in your compost too but herbivore manure contains more nutrients which is needed by our vegetables so they will be more prolific and we can get more veggies than we expected. Now you have the idea on how to make organic fertilizer which can be used in growing veggies grown using organic vegetable gardening technique.

1 comment:

  1. What if your manure comes from livestock that is not considered organic, or is treated with hormones? Doesn't that effect the organic label?