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croley bend

Williamsburg,KY

Earlier this year I got some very old cow manure. In the manure were many rocks. As I used the manure I collected the large rocks in a bucket. With all the rain we have been getting, the bucket full of rocks covered in manure as turned into a nice brown tea. Could this be used as a tea on my plants? Should I dilute it? Anyone out there to give me some advise?

7/7/2015 4:26:39 PM

Tad12

Seattle, WA

Depending on the age, it may have some nitrogen, but I would be careful making a tea out of it. There is the potential for anaerobic pathogens, antibiotics, etc...so I would try it out on an ornamental before using it on your pumpkins. This is what I would call a "manure" tea or a "leachate" tea rather than an aerated compost tea, just wanted to point that out for people to clarify the difference. This would be for nutrients and not for aerobic microorganisms.

7/8/2015 5:49:18 PM

croley bend

Williamsburg,KY

Thanks Tad, I was hoping you would chime in. I think it would be ok to pour it on my asparagus bed.

7/9/2015 8:21:28 AM

Tad12

Seattle, WA

If it's really old you're probably okay. I'm just sharing "best practice" and potential concerns so you're aware of them. Not necessarily an issue, I wouldn't be too worried if it's that old.

7/13/2015 3:19:35 PM

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