There’s one thing almost everyone in the south enjoys and that’s a nice glass of iced tea on a hot summer day. You might be surprised but our plants also enjoy tea, especially if it comes from the farm.
Today we’re making Llama Fertilizer Tea. This mixture can be used in the garden for all hanging baskets, stationary planters and raised beds.
Begin with a Bucket of Pellets
The Brewing Process
Gardeners from all around who make fertilizer tea have their own process. I normally use more pellets and I like to think I’ve simplified some of the steps.
Brewing begins at a fast pace if you’re using fresh droppings; this glass was sitting outside for 30 minutes and the mixture is half water and half pellets.
This is an example of the brewing process; I make my tea for the garden using buckets when I want to use it the same day and for storing tea I use buckets with lids.
- This blue bucket was filled halfway with pellets and then water was filled to the rim.
- The next step is to let the buckets sit for 3 hours or overnight because the longer it sits the stronger your tea.
- When the waiting period is over I get another bucket and pour the liquid inside.
- I work those left over pellets into new raised beds or I direct compost them in areas that need extreme amending.
Serving the Plants
Once you have your liquid ready, begin feeding plants as if you were watering.
The remainder pellets can be placed in your compost bin, or you can direct compost, but like I mentioned a second ago I prefer using them in new raised beds.
Why Use Fertilized Tea?
Using fertilized tea helps deplete weeds that often follow when adding animal fertilizer in its natural state. Most animals eat beyond grass when they’re in the fields grazing.
Making tea helps to not transfer possible weed seeds, which means less work for you later.
If you’re seeking ways to incorporate natural fertilizer fin the garden but you don’t have farm animals then I can help, finding animal manure is easier than you might think. Amending the soil is ongoing and I tend to fertilize in the winter before spring and end of summer right before fall planting.