Sunday, March 27, 2011

What is Manure Tea?

I have to tell you about Annie's Authentic Haven Brand Moo-Poo Tea. Had I not experienced it for myself, I wouldn't know how fantastic it is. But it really IS all that, and more! Annie sent me some of her Manure Teabags to try for myself, and man, I am going to be ordering more! I honestly didn't know what I was missing!

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
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'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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  1. Thank you Jan for your wonderful words about Authentic Haven Brand I am so honored to be producing a line of 100% natural Soil nutrients for the green minded garden grower. I am equally honored to have been asked to be a sponsor in your great garden giveaway contest. Good Luck to all that enter this fun CONTEST it will be as much fun for your garden as it will be for you! Annie

  2. Hi Jan, an interesting post as I am all in favour of natural feed for plants. I make my own 'comfrey tea' from the comfrey I have growing on my plot and also nettle tea which is also a very good plant feed. Both get super stinky but they are so good for the plants.
    Have a lovely week.
    m x

  3. I've used manure tea made from llama manure. My garden loves it! Even better - the water comes from the rain barrel, not the house's spigot.

  4. I use Annie's tea now too and love it..has made a difference in my indoor seed growing, houseplants and I hope my garden as I get outside...also looking to use the alfalfa tea on roses and manure tea on lawn...

  5. An how does it taste? It is tea after all!!! :-)

  6. Jan, this is great! In my composting classes, we often have horse or cow owners who make or know of manure tea. They often complain of the mess and the odor. This sounds very easy and convenient. I really am enjoying reading all the posts that were born of your project.

  7. Isn't it amazing how it smells good when you get it. I expected the tea bags to smell....well, you know....poopy. but it smells like dried tea. amazing stuff from an amazing gal! Great post Jan, the world needs to know what they are missing out on if they don't use Moo Poo Tea!

  8. I've heard good stuff about manure tea. It sounds like you got a good batch.

  9. Sounds like great stuff! My Ylang ylang needs such a formula, as it's not blooming yet :( It's been three years!!!

  10. Thanks for posting his Jan! I use Authentic Haven Brand too, and I'm thrilled with the results! H.

  11. So cool!!! I cannot wait to try this out, Jan!!!

  12. You write a verry interesting artikle about manure tea I had never hear of it before but it has surtenly my interest Thank You for writing this

  13. Annie sent some for me to pass onto my buyer to try and the amazing thing, it doesn't smell. And the packaging is so dang cute. Would make a lovely gift.

  14. It's fabulous this tea made your houseplant bloom! I know those plants loved all those nutrients in an easy to swallow manner (for the plants at least:). I plan to work on my Sustainable Living post soon. I think I have until the 19th. I hope so.

  15. Love this post. : ) I love using Annie's Moo Poo Tea with our office blackberry bush, "Mooberry." Stark Bro's is now selling her tea bags in our Garden Center, too... works so well for natural growing! Quality woman, quality products... thanks for writing about Authentic Haven Brand's manure tea!

  16. I am using Annie's MooPoo on my miniature roses this year! Thus far, have had outstanding results.....

  17. Love this post! It's encouraging me to make chook poo tea! I have tried it but it smelled soooooo bad I didn't try it again but it is so wonderful on the garden!

  18. Hi Jan~~ I'm glad you have had such amazing success with this product. I'll have to keep my ears and eyes open.

  19. Sounds like a great product, and I love her clever name. We have a local gardener who sells Ewe Poo products, made from ... what else, sheep manure! The best part of these products is that someone else is doing the dirty--and stinky--work. I know firsthand that Ewe Poo smells just like potting soil or compost, not bad at all.

  20. I love that they make this stuff in tea bags now - and I love "moo poo". hilarious!

  21. Sounds great, and I'm going to enter the Sustainable Living Project.-Thanks for the tip. I think the tea is a great idea, but an added bonus is that it is packaged so well. Who would have ever thought you could make "poo" look so attractive!

  22. I've made my own manure tea before as well as Alfalfa tea. It's great stuff. I'll have to watch for this brand and see if we get any in our local nurseries. I'd love to support it.
    Fantastic you saw such quick results too. Happy Spring Jan!

  23. Sounds like a wonderful product with blooming results! I should collect some horse poo from next door and make me a brew...

  24. Annie, thank you for being a part of this giveaway...I feel honored to be sharing your great product!

    Thank you all for your great comments about manure tea;-) I can see a lot of you already use it and love it! If you would like a chance to win some of Annie's great tea, or the other prizes being offered, just go over to the actual sustainable living giveaway post and leave a short comment about something you do that is eco-friendly. No need to write a blog post and link it, unless you want to be considered for the rain barrel or composter. The other 20 prizes only require a single comment...but it has to be on that post.

    Thanks for dropping by!


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