August 28, 2013 at 3:07 pm #257883
Hello everyone, has anyone used fresh cow manure mixed with water applied to vegetables and crop, if so what ratio would you use?
My dear husband wants to use it on this years garlic crop and I am not very happy about it, maybe if its diluted enough there will be no ill effect? I just know that you can’t use freshly dug in manure to plant stuff….
Would appreciate any helpful comments, thank you
Happy gardening!!August 28, 2013 at 9:11 pm #533637
I always thought you couldn’t put fresh manure on plants, but just the other day I read something that suggested that this doesn’t apply to cow poo. Not sure where it was now, (might have been an old organic gardener magazine??).. I’ll have a look around and see if I can find it again.August 28, 2013 at 9:21 pm #533638
Hey Bodkins, thanks for your answer,yes I was under the same impression, because its too strong, could burn plants! so if you can find out more it will be very much appreciated, maybe we could dilute it 1:100 and try out on a couple of garlic plants to see what happens, we have planted around 30 000 so its important to do the “right thing”, so far we used seasol and powerfeed commercialAugust 28, 2013 at 10:53 pm #533639
No vampires at your place, eh? :-)= I’ve found the reference — it’s in The Little Vege Patch Co book, by Fabian Capomolla and Mat Pember, p9-10. The pros and cons of the manure types are discussed, and it mentions burning for chook and horse poo, but for cow manure it says: “A source of good bacteria for your soil, cow manure can be added without fear of burning your plants.” I’ve never come across this before, so I’d be keen to hear if anyone has actually tried it. We have cow poo, err, on tap 🙂 but I’ve never used it fresh next to plants. Might be wise to try it on a few sacrificial plants first…August 29, 2013 at 1:23 pm #533640
Thanks for that, we decided that we will give it a trial on just a few plant, will let you know the outcome!
…and…NO, no vampires and no flu, we eat garlic thinly slices on vegemite toast every morning!August 29, 2013 at 1:40 pm #533641
I make cow poo ‘tea’ but leave it to brew for two weeks and then water it down till its the colour of tea in the watering can. Cow poo doesnt burn like chook poo does. i have seen it have good effect on my plants and will keep using it.September 13, 2013 at 9:04 pm #533642
thank you GirlFriday!
can you tell me approx how much poo to how much water you make the brew, then whats the ratio for your “tea” please?
we have at the moment 6 x 200 lt drums with about 1/4 cow manure and rest water, brewing away…September 13, 2013 at 9:57 pm #533643
Ive got a 4 tonne pile of cow poo sitting under plastic for a year waiting to be used.
Weak tea and lots of it is the general rule
But cow poo is more of a soil conditioner than a fertiliserSeptember 14, 2013 at 9:07 pm #533644
what is soil conditioner?? as in, what does it do to the soil?September 15, 2013 at 1:44 am #533645
adds bacteria and organic mater, holds moisture.
Though I imagine Poo from a cattle yard that hasnt been rained on would be fertiliser from the urine.September 16, 2013 at 11:58 pm #533646
thanks 🙂 that makes senseSeptember 17, 2013 at 12:27 am #533647
I have 4 20L buckets and put one ‘plop’ per bucket and add water. You can also add seaweed, comfrey, weeds etc etc to make a ripper of a brew.
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