Since the weather wasn't 'gardening weather' when I received her package, I tried her tea on my indoor plants. I was honestly surprised to see, in just under a week, actual blossoms developing on a plant I have had for several years. This is a plant that has never blossomed so you can imagine my delight! The results speak for themselves, wouldn't you agree?!
Unlike fertilizers that contain chemicals, this is a completely natural, organic fertilizer. And it's different than compost tea, which many people are familiar with. In her own words, Annie says:
"Many organic gardeners will quickly tell you compost tea is the best all-around liquid fertilizer you can use on your plants. Compost tea is generally made by collecting finished compost and placing it in a bucket filled with water. The compost and water is allowed to brew for several days in the sun. The liquid is then strained and used to water vegetables, flowers, or lawns.
So, you are probably wondering then….. what is manure tea?
What Is Manure Tea?
Manure tea is very similar to compost tea, in fact, it is compost tea but uses composted livestock manure. The manure is collected and composted in the sun over the course of several months. The livestock are raised in pastures that contain native grasses, where the cattle are allowed to graze just as nature intended.
Manure teas are used as a soil conditioner in vegetablegardens, flower gardens, lawns and compost piles. Watering plants with manure tea conditions the soil so plant roots can better absorb nutrients. It also provides valuable nutrients, minerals and beneficial microorganisms that supports growing strong and healthy plants. Manure tea can also be added directly to compost piles to accelerate decomposition.
Manure Tea Simplified
Brewing manure tea was once a messy (and stinky) task which consisted of collecting the manure, composting the manure, mixing it in containers, then straining the liquid to get the valuable tea. Many people are turned away by the idea of storing and handling manures in order to get the precious tea. This is where Authentic Haven Brand simplified brewing and using manure teas. The composted manure is packaged in an all-natural cotton tea bag that makes brewing the manure tea a breeze! You never have to worry about storing or handling manure because it’s all contained in a convenient tea bag ready for use."
After trying it, I can honestly highly recommend Annie's Moo Poo tea! And you have an opportunity to try some of your very own without even making a purchase (although when you try it, I am sure you are going to want to go to her website and order more!).
|A Haven Brand Stylishly Wrapped Gift Pack of Manure Tea retails for $19.95|
All you have to do is enter the Gardeners' Sustainable Living Project...it's that simple. If you have a blog, just write a short post mentioning something you are doing to be helpful to the environment, then link it to the project. If you don't have a blog, just leave a comment there instead. Go check it out now:-)
Thank you, Annie Haven, for sharing your fabulous Manure Tea with me to try, and to give away. I've had great results in a very short time and I can only imagine how good my outside garden is going to look this summer!
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ *Have you stopped over to participate in the Gardeners' Sustainable Living Project? It will be 'open' until April 15th so you have plenty of time. I am giving away over 15 garden gifts including a Rain Barrel and a Composter. Be sure to check it out!
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