Can Mexican bat guano tea burn a plant?
No, it's one of the few animal manures that won't burn. This article should be of help:
I am planning on building berms in my yard from topsoil. I want to plant evergreen trees in these berms. Can I use Alpaca manure that has 'cooked' for a year (in some cases longer) or so to build the berms and thus be the base soil for the evergreen trees? Or should I mix this Alpaca manure with topsoil? Is the Alpaca manure too strong for the evergreen trees?
I wouldn't use straight Alpaca manure, even if it is well aged. A 1:4 mixture of manure to soil is probably all you'll need. Here is more information on using alpaca manure in the garden: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/manures/alpaca-manure-fertilizer.htm
I want to make fertilizer tea from chicken manure to get the maximum nutrients. What is the recipe and process, and can I use fresh manure or does it have to be composted prior to making tea? What is the percentage of NPK and other nutrients?
You should not use fresh chicken manure as it can result in the burning of plant roots. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/manures/chicken-manure-fertilizer.htm
Starting my first medicinal OUTDOOR crop in California. Wanted to use guanos. I have Indonesian, Mexican, Jamaican, and Peruvian (I think). The latter having higher potassium. The first 3 mentioned all have similar nitrogen ratios with little or no P-or- K (NPK). Should I just use the Peruvian since we're about to go into flower any day? mahalo DJtribes
Potassium is a mystery nutrient. Scientists know that plants need it to grow and that without it all of the plant's systems do not work as efficiently, but they do not know why this is. So, the Peruvian guano would be helpful for the plants in general but may not necessarily help with better blooming.
In general, with an additive like guano, I recommend that people get their soil tested before adding the guano. This is because guano is very high in nitrogen and if blooming is what you are after, adding too much nitrogen can hurt that. But, as you are harvesting medicinal plants, which tend to be grown for leaves, extra nitrogen can help significantly boost leaf growth.
Either way, you are better off getting your soil tested before adding the guano so you can see what you are starting off with and making decision on what to add from there.
Am I able to use pig manure on my garden straight up, as it's full of garden worms, so I thought it must be okay. I have mixed it with soil and some bark to try to get some hardwood cuttings to take.
We would not recommend using manure that has not been composted on the garden, especially from animals that are not vegetarian. Because pigs are omnivorous and eat meat, they are more likely to carry pathogens in their manure that can make people sick. Allow the manure to "cure" away from the garden for 6 - 12 months, then spread it on the garden.
However, if you are certain they are only fed non-meat, you can reduce the amount of time the manure sits, but it still needs a little time to "cool" down, as they say. Fresh manure has very high nitrogen which can burn plants. With the worms, that will certainly help to reduce the time, but I would still recommend that you let it sit away from the garden for a few months, maybe 2-3 months, so that the nitrogen mellows.
I have a lot of hostas and ferns and now that autumn is here, I want to spread some bags of (well-rotted) manure bought in a garden centre. Is this advisable? Also, I have a very nice bed of 9 beautiful roses, which are still flowering. Could I put some manure there too? I'm not worrying about burning the plants, as I bought the manure from a reputable garden centre, but I am worried about the timing as autumn is definitely here (in England).
I live in Westmoreland, Tennessee in the USA. I have found that composted horse manure to be the best fertilizer on all my plants outdoor. My vegetable garden output doubled the first year I tried it. My bushes, flowers and grapevines did very well as well. The horse manure should not be fresh as this can burn a plant. About a week or two old, will allow the manure to compost to the point that it makes a very good organic fertilizer.
I have been told many times that chicken manure and cottonseed meal are perfect additives for my vegetable gardens, but have not been able to find a source for either of them. Do you have any advice for me?
If you know someone with chickens, this is a great way to acquire the product--not only does it help out the chicken owner but it helps you as well. Many garden supply centers or agricultural suppliers (feed, manure, farming items, etc.) sell chicken manure by the bag. You could begin with a local search for suppliers in your area. In addition, here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/manures/chicken-manure-fertilizer.htm
As for the cottonseed meal, this too can be found online (planetnatural.com) or through local suppliers.