Llama Fertilizer Benefits the Garden

Learn how llama droppings can benefit the garden and where to find them.

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Is it any surprise that one of my favorite things to share would be our farm animals?

Today, I’m chatting about our guard llama Gypsy and her son George.  She keeps predators away by sending a warning when suspicious creatures are nearby; this could be anything from the sky or ground predators.

Llamas are good protectors and they bond beautifully with sheep.

George however was a bit of a surprise and now that he’s weined he hangs out with our emu in another pasture.

Together both llamas provide amazing fertilizer for our garden and it’s my favorite soil amending ingredient.

When you work the land it makes sense to find ways to help the garden grow naturally.

We started this farm lifestyle by growing large crops and animals were added to work the rest of the acreage.

Llamas were a good starter animal for us because a protector was necessary and they were rather inexpensive to acquire. All you need is a fenced field with good grazing.

They’re resourceful foragers, making them perfect for clearing land.  Additional benefits include their beautiful fiber and of course the garden.

Fertilizer Scooped for the Garden

Llamas can help the garden via their community waste pile.

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

This is great because there’s no hunting for droppings like with sheep droppings. All you have to do is find the pile which is easy to see and gather in a bucket with a shovel 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 it’s easy enought to 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.

Llama fertilizer can be found on any homestead who uses these animals for protection or fiber and they’re the perfect folks to ask if they’d mind sharing.  Course keep in mind you may need to gather it yourself so bring a shovel and bucket.

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

 

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10 comments

  1. 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

  2. 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

  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. 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

  5. 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

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