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.