When you live in Texas you really never know what the weather will be like in January. We had a couple of sunny days recently so I headed to the garden where I could focus my energy on fertilizing raised beds.
I even had a new bed in the works so that left me an opportunity to fill the base with a lot of natural material.
This method of activity can be added to an open garden plot and new or existing raised beds. Let’s take a look at what I used to fertilize the garden naturally.
Pine needles were everywhere so I raked them up in addition to all the leaves that dropped over fall.
I refer to this as natural matter.
It’s perfect for new and existing raised beds because it can be used as a base and mulch.
This is a new raised bed that I have been slowly establishing. It’s my hope to plant flowers here in the spring.
I used that container of needles and leaves as a base filler.
After this matter was all spread out I covered it with a layer of dirt and plan to let it sit before adding animal manure and more soil.
Here we have three buckets of the worst mistake I could have ever made. That’s right for a short time I implemented a stationary chicken coop. NEVER AGAIN!
One word can describe cleaning up after chickens, “Disgusting!”
This manure was a huge benefit though so I gathered it with a shovel and spread it out before covering with more soil.
Finishing with Llama Droppings
I also added a layer of llama droppings and another layer of dirt. Llama Fertilizer is high in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium; you can apply it year round in your garden making it perfect for flower beds and hanging planters.
I know many gardeners just focus on natural matter and food waste compost for their fertilizer and that’s great because it adds so much value to the soil you should never over look those ingredients.
The animal droppings also compliment and really make the biggest difference in my experience. If you don’t have access or might be looking to find some, I’ve got some great tips on Finding Animal Manure.
Prepping and maintaining raised beds is an ongoing chore and one that I like to implement at the end of summer and over the winter.