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.