Manure Tea

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My organic tea recipe has been handed down through the family since they began making this nourishing brew for the Castle gardens as tenants of William Herbert the 1st Marquess of Powis at the Castle’s home farm in 1680. Manure and manure tea have been used to nourish the land with great results by gardeners and farmers for centuries.

I spent my childhood and early adult years on my family’s landscape nursery in England, which adjoined Uncle Ted’s farm, where only organic methods of farming and husbandry were employed. It was in this environment where from an early age, I learned to make organic manure tea.

My uncle’s farm raised chickens, ducks, geese, horses, cows, rabbits and pigs and the manure from these animals was put into piles and carefully aged from six months to a year. We would fill the watering can or buckets from the manure tea tubs and each week poured it on every plant, tree, and shrub in the gardens and nursery. Grandma also used the tea for new transplants and for seeds to be soaked in before planting. In hot weather, it was applied on the foliage of the plants that readily appreciated the pick-me-up qualities of the tea tonic.

Animal based teas feed and increase the aerobic micro-herds in the soil, which fortifies the soil. Happier, healthier plants quickly absorb nutrients dissolved in water, so what could be better than manure tea.

Below is a list of uses for The English Lady Manure Tea. It can really be used on nearly any plant you have. Today we employ the same mixture and methods as my ancestors to bring to you this concentrate of organic cow manure, water, and organic family ingredients I promised my ancestors to take to Mother Nature’s soil. Manure tea, when properly mixed with water will not burn your plants.

The English Lady Manure Tea will fortify the soil in which plants grow to help improve their vitality. Use this exclusive blend of The English Lady Manure Tea to help reduce your gardening costs by organically strengthening and restoring the natural balance of the soil. Mix one cup of manure tea to one gallon of water and pour slowly.

Use it on houseplants, vegetable gardens, annuals, perennials, lawns, trees, and shrubs.

Each Bottle Contains 16 cups = 128 fl.oz.=16 Servings

The ‘Supertunia’ shown below had just about bit the dust (left) so Ian watered it for two weeks with my manure tea and gained new life in the plant (right).

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Foliar feeding- You should foliar fee plants monthly with The English Lady Manure Tea during the summer. When foliar feeding dilute the manure tea to one quarter strength with water, add one eighth teaspoon of vegetable oil or same amount of mild dishwashing liquid per gallon, to help the spray adhere to the leaves. Spray in the early morning or preferably in late afternoon when the pores of the plants are open, which are ideal conditions to absorb the nutrients. Spray when there is little to no wind and never in extreme temperatures.

Transplants – As a transplant solution dilute one part tea to three parts water. After putting the plant in the hole, add tea to fill the hole and when liquid has drained, fill the hole with soil and firm around the plant.

Potted plants – dilute to one-tenth strength and use weekly on containers.

Tomatoes- thrive if given a once weekly feeding of the tea. The fruit will be larger and more numerous while the plants stay strong. Strong plants can fight off disease so it pays to keep them healthy.

Peppers and chilies- also flourish with manure tea until the fruits begin to set. Then withhold the feed to encourage the plants to focus on seed and fruit production rather than just the foliage becoming too large and lush.

Cabbages and any other member of the brassica family really improve if given a dose of manure tea after an attack by the club-root disease or overfeeding by hungry caterpillars.

 

Any heavy crop plant benefits from a twice per month application of the tea.

Roses are particularly glad of the manure tea quick fix when attacked with fungal diseases. Any plant which has a heavy crop whether it be a cucumber or a rose benefits from this nutrient replacement therapy done regularly.

 

Lawns- apply spring and fall. Try a ‘trial patch’ to test tea potency and dilute with more water if it is too strong. Check the weather before applying the tea, as you don’t want to apply this valuable commodity if rain is in the forecast the same day. Do not water for two days before applying for best absorption.

Planter & Containers – dilute to 1/10 strength and use weekly on containers.

Wear gloves when handling the tea
Directions dilute one cup of tea in one gallon of water
Do not mix the concentrated tea with any other material
Increased usage or concentration of tea does not increase the effectiveness or yield.
This product is not to be ingested.

Manure tea is a multi-tasker, amending the soil and watering plants at the same time. By returning to the classic yet simple way of gardening by adding organic matter to the soil, we are offering the earth and the animal micro-herd down below, the best possible meal, which is all we gardeners, really need to do.