Its that time of year again here in Montana when everyone is excited about the changing seasons and the new growth that is upon us. The grass is starting to turn green with fall season seeds starting to germinate. Cabin fever has us out enjoying the sun eager to get our hands dirty preparing our flower gardens, lawn and landscapes, and our vegetable garden for fall harvest. When looking to fertilize your gardens consider using alpaca and llama manure and compost.
Alpaca manure is one of the richest organic fertilizers available. It is slow release and very low in organic matter than other manures which will not burn your plants and grass. It is an excellent source of nutrients for optimal soil and plant health. It is a rich soil conditioner, improving soil quality and enhancing the soils ability to retain water. Good soil health reduces disease and pest problems.
Alpaca manure has plenty of nutrient value, even though it will not equal the values available in chemical fertilizers. But who the heck wants to use chemicals for plant growth? Chemicals will go straight to the plant and not help condition the soil. Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are the major plant nutrients, identified as N-P-K on fertilizer bags. Compared to other livestock, nitrogen and potassium are comparatively high in alpaca manure. Phosphorus is relatively low, with calcium and magnesium being average. Alpaca manure adds organic materials to the soil and promotes the growth of micro-organisms, both of which are beneficial to plants.
Alpacas are partial ruminants with three stomachs. They have a long digestive process, taking 50 hours to fully utilize their food intake. The resulting dung is a solid bean-shaped pellet, usually dry with little odor, non-burning and prone to quick decomposition.
You can never over use alpaca and llama compost and manure. Each year, a 4 inch layer can be mixed into your vegetable and flower gardens. If you have a real problem with your soil as in “I can barely grow anything”, then consider 6 – 8 inches to cover your garden area.
1 cubic yard = 27 cubic feet = 200 gal = (40) 5Gal buckets
2 cubic yards = truck bed full
(1) 40lb feed bag = (1) 5gal bucket
$50 – 2 cubic yards
$35 – 1 cubic yard
$1.50 – (1) 5 gal bucket or (1) 40lb feed bag