Llama Fertilizer Benefits the Garden

Is it any surprise that one of my favorite things to share would be the animals?  Normally I do this via our newsletter but today I’m doing something a little different, sharing how helps improve the garden.

Gypsy is my guard llama for the Jacob sheep. She keeps predators away by sending a warning when something suspicious is nearby; this could be anything coming in from the sky or ground that doesn’t belong.

Llamas are good protectors and they bond beautifully with sheep.  Our young lambs look up to her with intense trust which is pretty incredible.

I currently have a lamb that enjoys running towards Gypsy, taps her leg, looks up, stops for a moment and then runs back to her mom.  It’s priceless!

When you work the land there are things you can do that also benefit the garden.

We started a farm lifestyle by growing large crops and adding animals to work the rest of the land.  We’ve also noticed almost all new homesteads begin with chickens.  I’m guessing this is because they’re small and relatively easy to care for?

Llamas are also a good starter animal, they’re pretty inexpensive and all you need is a fenced in area.  They’re resourceful foragers, making them perfect for clearing land.  They also have additional benefits that begin with fertilizer.

Fertilizer Scooped for the Garden

Llamas can help the garden via their community waste pile.

They will use an area in the pasture to go to the bathroom for about a month before choosing a new location.

This is great because all you have to do is scoop up their droppings when you want to fertilize the garden.

Benefits to the Garden

Llama manure is good for the garden and their droppings can be incorporated year round.

It’s relatively high in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and there is no fear of burning your plants.  I credit much of my gardening success to llama fertilizer and of Direct Compost.

What about Weeds?

Depending on the quality of grazing your llama is introduced to you could also be welcoming weeds when adding pellets directly to your garden.

To detour any weeds you can make llama tea, this is a form of diluting the pellets into liquid fertilizer.

It’s really simple, and you can learn how to make tea here. Simply take a bucket of water and add a cup of droppings and let it sit for a couple days. Strain and then feed the dark liquid to the soil.

Try using llama fertilizer in your garden and take note of the positive impact it has on your plants and soil.

Learn how llama droppings can help improve the garden. Add directly or via a brewed tea for healthier plants and soil. #GardenTips, #GardenFertilizer, #AmendingSoil

10 comments

  1. daisy g says:

    What a fantastic resource! You know I'm gonna have to search Craig's List in my area to see who has llamas. Great information, Carole. Maybe we need to consider llamas before we get our chickens. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    1. You're welcome Daisy, It's always good to have a guard animal first and a good fence. We also have dogs but they don't stay in the pastures unattended. Glad you found this helpful. -Carole

  2. Karen says:

    Now I want a llama! 🙂
    One of our boys worked a couple of springs ago as a traveling alpaca shearer, and experienced some llamas during his work. I'll have to ask him again about his experiences. He's had me convinced I need a few alpaca.
    We're getting closer to having land again – I think, and you are such a rich resource of information. I didn't realize llamas were useful for protection – we used a donkey once for that, and although it worked well, he was a donkey – and a little stubborn.
    The fertilizer is a sweet bonus, and since they'll choose a spot for a while, what could be easier?
    I always thought I'd get chickens first again when we move, but your logic makes sense, and I'm reconsidering now.
    This is a great post, Carole, full of so much good information. Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

    1. Llamas are pretty neat, I do enjoy ours. I look forward to moving them further out to the country next year. They have a pretty cushy life here. Chickens – think quail, I've got 100 arriving this week. I just keep the chickens around for bug patrol. Glad you enjoyed and found helpful, if I can ever answer any questions feel welcome to ask. Hope you enjoy a great week. -Carole

  3. Hi Carole!
    Llamas! Love them! My husband and I traveled to Peru several years ago, and fell in love with them. They're beautiful animals! I think it's so neat that Gypsy is a party of your family and farm life. So neat!
    Have you ever checked out the website Fresh Eggs Daily? I think you'd really enjoy it!
    Thank you so much for coming by and leaving a comment. I love reading them!
    Have a wonderful weekend, Carole!
    Suzanne

    1. Llamas are amazing and so smart. I'm looking forward to adding another female this year for George. I have been over to Fresh Eggs Daily – not in a while though. I'm not a big fan of chickens unfortunately I do have a flock of buffs and I mainly use them for bug patrol. Hope you have a great weekend too.
      Carole

  4. Walkersrun says:

    I put my llama manure in a lingerie bag and add a piece of baler twine to make a "tea bag" and drop in my container, saves straining and then just put the used manure in the compost pile. 🙂

    1. That's awesome – I'm going to be sharing that tip next month. I try not to put to much information in one article. Do you experience fewer weeds in your garden using the brewing approach?
      Carole

  5. Jeri says:

    I think my comment disappeared. Found you from the Chicken Chick. We have alpaca poo…great fertilizer. Also moved from TX 18 months ago to VA….farming fun to be found all over!

    1. I;m not sure what's going on with this comment section – thinking there is a glitch because another reader was having the same issue the other day. I will look in to this after the holiday and I apologize for the inconvenience. I have a friend that moved to Virginia and she said the same thing – the Farmer's Markets are suppose to be fantastic. Enjoy -Carole

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