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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 2, 2011

Q. Chicken Manure Tea

I am making chicken manure tea by adding 20 kg. of fresh manure to 165 litres of water and letting it sit for eight weeks. Is this tea safe for the plants and trees, as I dilute it further by 3 litres of tea to 6 litres of water before applying. Secondly, what are chances of E. Coli and Salmonella breeding in this tea, and if it is, what is the method to eradicate it?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 2, 2011
Certified Expert
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The tea mixture sound good. Ecoli and salmonella is a remote possibility, but if you are concerned, boiling it will kill any germs.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 6, 2011

Q. Using Goat Manure

We live at the beach and therefore have sand. I am going to make raised rows of potting and gardening soil, covered in black plastic to keep the soil moist since it is so dry here and to keep weeds out. Should I start by mixing the goat droppings in with the soil first when preparing the soil and shaping it into mounds, then put the plastic on, and put holes in the plastic to plant the seeds? I am doing this with my 5-year-old daughter and want to keep it simple. I will be getting the goat droppings from my sister to mix in the soil before we do all that. Obviously we are amateurs! Any simple advice for us would be so appreciated. We plan on making stakes for cherry tomato vines and peas and also want to do peppers and squash.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 6, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Here are a few articles that will help start the garden:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/vegetable-gardening-advice.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/amending-sandy-soil.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/vegetable-garden-soil.htm

As for using the goat manure, that sounds great and will help the soil considerably. You may want to compost it before you spread it to reduce the smell, but other than the smell, you can use it directly.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 7, 2011

Q. Fresh Chicken Manure

Is there a health issue if you allow your chickens to use the garden as part of the pen until it’s time to plant your seeds?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 8, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

There is no real health issue, but your seeds will not grow well. Raw chicken manure is extremely high in nitrogen and will burn the seedlings. You need to compost it before putting it somewhere you what to plant seeds. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/manures/chicken-manure-fertilizer.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 19, 2011

Q. Goat Manure in Composting

When do I add my goat manure to my compost pile? It says to alternate green and brown.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 20, 2011
Certified Expert
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Manure is a green compost, so you need browns (like leaves) to offset it.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 21, 2011

Q. Chicken Pellets

Are chicken pellets good for vegetables and what is the build up?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 21, 2011
Certified Expert
Asked by
Anonymous on
April 23, 2011

Q. Manure Tea

Why can you not use fresh manure or compost tea?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 23, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Using fresh manure or compost can burn plant roots. There are numerous recipes for making both manure tea and compost tea--far too many to list. Provided the manure or compost has aged somewhat prior to its use, there is no harm in experimenting with different ingredients in order to find one that works for your specific gardening needs.

Here is an article or two that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/manures/manure-tea.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/basics/compost-tea.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 28, 2011

Q. Chicken Manure and Vegetable Gardens

I read about composted chicken manure and how good it is for a vegetable garden. What if my chicken coops are uphill from my vegetable garden? When it rains and the manure is washed down into my garden, will it hurt my garden?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 28, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

No, but you may want to consider putting up some type of barrier.

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